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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!

View interview with first-time volunteers Tamsin and Julie recorded at SASA Development Meet on 4 Oct 2014.

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

Getting Started

For more information on taking your first steps into the world of swimming, head to Go Swimming on the ASA website which has information for new starters, adult learners, parents and children, and anyone wanting to get involved as a volunteer, teacher or official.

Go Swimming features more information on the ASA's world-renowned Learn to Swim award scheme based on the ASA Learn to Swim Pathway, a programme the ASA has developed to take children through from their first splash to full competence in the water.

The ASA has also produced an Adult Learn to Swim Framework for beginners over the age of 14.

Teaching And Coaching

The ASA operates comprehensive certification and education programmes for teachers and coaches. Somerset ASA bursaries support Clubs wishing to develop their workforce.

The ASA 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 the ASA has an appropriately skilled workforce for the whole swimming industry.

View full specifications of all ASA Awarding Body qualifications.

Find out more about teaching and coaching at the ASA.

Officials And Volunteers

The ASA realises that volunteers and officials are the lifeblood of swimming.

Discover more about volunteering in Somerset or becoming an official.


The ASA 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, the ASA’s 'Quality Mark' for clubs.

Find out more about clubs and membership of the ASA and in our Club Directory.


The ASA 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 more about 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 ASA English Talent pathway in the Teaching and Coaching section of the ASA website.