Photo: Graham Cockill (Officials), Kelly Podbury (Competitions) and Paul Sartain (2016/17 President)
You will find links to information on our swimming competitions in the tabbed section below.
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 email@example.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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), will be delighted to receive any offers of support well in advance of our County competitions.
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
Swim 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.
Follow the menu link for coaching tips and advice from Swim England Talent coaching officers. Read articles and watch videos about the latest swimming coaching best advice.
Officials And Volunteers
Swim England realises that volunteers and officials are the lifeblood of swimming. We are grateful to all officials who volunteer to help at our annual County Swimming Championships and Development Meet. We always need offers of help from officials and volunteers for most sessions to meet the requirements of the meet licence. Unfortunately, if we do not have enough officials for a session, then any times achieved by the swimmers in that session cannot be submitted for the rankings.
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.
Somerset organise a two day Development Meet (29/30 Sep) and Somerset ASA County Championships 2018. Dates for future events are in our Calendar and entries are made via affiliated Clubs.
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.
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.