You will find links to information on our swimming competitions in the tabbed section below.
The County Swimming Secretary is Kelly Podbury (view contact details).
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 (contact details), 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.
There are three levels of ASA swimming coaching qualifications. Follow the three Coaching links below to find out more on the Institute of Swimming (IoS) website.
- ASA Swimming Assistant (Coaching) Certificate
- ASA Swimming Coach Certificate
- ASA Head Swimming Coach Certificate
Swim England launched a Coaching and Teaching Register in 2019 bringing benefits to clubs, coaches, teachers and participants. View details and action required.
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 urgently 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 1,052 Swim England affiliated Clubs and 190,000 Swim England members 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 SwimMark, Swim England’s 'Quality Mark' for clubs.
Somerset organise a two day Development Meet (5/6 Oct 2019) and Somerset ASA County Championships 2019 (26/27 Jan & 2/3/9/10 Feb 2019) at Millfield, Street.
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.
Following the success of the pilot scheme of the County Pathway Programme in 2017, Somerset ASA delivered the Programme again in 2018 under the guidance and with the support of the Swim England Talent Team. The camps provide development opportunities for the top 36 swimmers aged 11 years as at 31 Dec 2018, skills coaches and an assistant team manager.
We announced the team and swimmers selected for our 2019 camps - 27 April, 20 July and 26 October. The Lead Coach and Programme Lead will be James Clarke (Millfield) and Fiona Bowen respectively. James will be supported by 6 x Skills Coaches and 2 Team Managers.
The camps are designed to be great learning environments for our coaches and to ensure that the current best practices are passed onto as many of our clubs as possible. We therefore strongly encourage your coaches and team managers to attend future camps if they possibly can. Keep an eye out for and share the email invitation with your Club's coaches.
The parents' workshop was held on 10 February 2019. View news of the first 2019 camp.
Team @SomersetASA Skills Coaches, deep in thought, during a ‘Construction of Sessions for Age Group Swimmers’ task, at the South West County Conference @SwimSouthWest @Swim_England pic.twitter.com/CEsePO989D— Rachel Aldington (@RachelAldington) 17 March 2018
Read more on the Swim England English Talent pathway in the Teaching and Coaching section of the Swim England website.
View 2019 Regional presentations
- SW Parents & Guardians Workshop Presentations (pdf 1.5 Mb)
- Youth Physical Development Model (pdf 629 Kb)
- Talent Across the Ages (pdf 616.7 KB)
- Optimal Athlete Development Framework (pptx 6.3 MB)
- Swim England Planning Presentation 2019 (pptx 8.6 MB)
- Club Awards Sample Scheme of Work (pdf 321 KB)
- Growth & Development and Skill Acquisition (pptx 8.6 MB)
- Club Awards Progressions Spreadsheets (xlsx 14.2 KB)
- Club Awards Webinar January 2019 v2 (pptx 27.9Mb)
- Club Awards Regional Conferences 2019 (pptx 6.1 MB)
View 2018 Regional presentations
The objective of British Swimming’s Performance Pathway is to develop athletes that have the skills, characteristics and behaviours to thrive in the highest competitive arenas, specifically at the World Championships and Olympic Games. Login to your Off the Blocks account or if you're new to Off the Blocks, sign up to discover more!
In 2019 Swim England South West will be not allowing any Licensed meets on the same weekends that Regional Competitions are being run. They hope that this will alleviate the pressure on the Officials Co-ordinator in the South West to be able to staff all Regional Competitions effective. Sprints and Relays will not apply to the black out. The black out dates cover ALL levels of meets from L4 -L1. If you are thinking of using any of the following weekends please re-plan your date.
4/5 May 2019
11/12 May 2019
18/19 May 2019
2/3 November 2019
Confirm that your date does not clash with other events in the County. Please send completed form to Regional Licencing Officer: Lesley Leffers (All Payments paid by BACS . Please do not send cheques. Your Levy fees and post meet fee’s can be paid by BACS to the following account:- Lloyds TSB ASA South West Region Sort Code: 30-90-54 Acc. Number: 04630209 Please name payment as – L1,2,3 or 4 Club Name). Please take a screen shot of the payment and email to LesleyLicence application form, Referee Report form, Promoter Report form.
- Swim England Open Meet Licensing Criteria effective 1 Oct 2018
- League Licensing Criteria
- Licensed Meet How to Guide
- Meet Permit Application Form
- Licensed Meet Application Form
- Licensed Meet Promoter Report Form
- Licensed Meet Referee Report Form
- Open Meet Technical Officials Attendance Sheet
- Swim England Regional Licensed Meet Co-ordinators