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Photo: Graham Cockill (Officials), Kelly Podbury (Competitions) and Paul Sartain (2016/17 President)

The County Swimming Secretary is Pete Gonsalves.

The County Swimming Competition Secretary is Kelly Podbury.

The SW Regional Licensed Meet Co-ordinator is Lesley Leffers, 6 Crosstrees, Royal Wootton Basset, Wiltshire SN4 8FB Tel: 01793 852287 Mob: 07707 470100 glleffers@btinternet.com)

Can you help us?

We rely on volunteers giving their time freely to enable us to run competitions which help your Club and swimmers to enjoy the experience and reach their goals. And you don't need to have helped out at a County competition before!

Kelly Podbury, Somerset ASA Volunteer Co-ordinator (sasameetmanager@outlook.com), will be delighted to receive any offers of support well in advance of our County competitions.  

Contact Peter or Kelly direct for further information whilst this area of our site is under their development

Just Swim

For lots of information on swimming and why it is so good for you, head to Just Swim on the Swim England website to discover the secrets of healthy eating, check out videos of light exercises you can do in the pool and how to warm up and stretch effectively. There are also tips to help you relax and destress, and swim and gym exercises for the more adventurous.

New starters, adult learners, parents and children should check out Swim England's Learn to Swim Companion. The world-renowned Swim England Learn to Swim award scheme is based on the Learn to Swim Pathway, a programme developed to take children through from their first splash to full competence in the water.

Swim England has also produced information for parents

Teaching And Coaching

IoS New Coaching CourseSwim England operates comprehensive certification and education programmes for teachers and coaches. Somerset ASA bursaries support Clubs wishing to develop their workforce.

Swim England has pioneered work on the UK Coaching Framework and is developing e-learning programmes, all of which are helping to drive up quality and ‘raise the bar’ to ensure Swim England has an appropriately skilled workforce for the whole swimming industry.

View full specifications of all ASA Awarding Body qualifications.

Find out more about teaching swimming and coaching swimming on the Swim England website.

Officials And Volunteers

Swim England realises that volunteers and officials are the lifeblood of swimming.

Discover more about volunteering in Somerset or becoming an official.


Swim England supports more than 1,200 affiliated swimming clubs through a national, regional and sub-regional structure.

It endeavours to ensure every athlete – whatever their age or level of experience – belongs to a club that provides the best possible support and environment through schemes such as swim21, Swim England’s 'Quality Mark' for clubs.

Find out more about clubs and membership on the Swim England website and in our Club Directory.


Swim England organises competition throughout England, from grassroots to elite level, including the highly successful National Age Group and Youth Championships that attract more than 1,600 young swimmers aged 11-17 ever year.

Find out how to get started in competitive swimming in England.

Talent Pathway

The English Talent programme is a world-leading, seamless pathway that puts in place performance opportunities for swimmers to develop their skills and potential and progress on to competing for British Swimming at major international competitions.

Read more on the Swim England English Talent pathway in the Teaching and Coaching section of the Swim England website.