Welwyn Garden Swimming Club


Welcome to all of our swimmers and teachers. Sessions on Sunday evening start at 5pm. Please check the Swimming sessions section for the weekday swimming times.

The Welwyn Garden Swimming Club has been working with children and young people to improve their swimming stroke for over 80 years. The club participates in many swimming galas and championships each year, these include the Peanuts League and the Major League. Our main swimming session takes place on Sunday evenings at the Hatfield Swim Centre. We also have life saving sessions at the Monks Walk School pool where children can gain recognised life saving qualifications. All of the club teachers have had many years of experience and teach on a voluntary basis. We organise social events for swimmers and their families, including a fun gala and an inflatable party.

If you are interested in joining our swimming club and would like some more information please go to our contact page.

Affiliated to Swim England East Region, Swim England Hertfordshire and RLSS

Club History

Welwyn Garden Swimming Club was formed in 1933 by Dr Miall-Smith and his wife, both local General Practitioners, using a pool created at Stanborough by diverting the River Lea and some freshwater springs through gravel filters into a large hole lined with railway sleepers. The 2 GPs made daily inspections of the pool during the short season, testing the water for impurities and checking the temperature. They taught swimming and introduced mile trophy swims thus starting the competitive side of the Club.

The Club was affiliated to the Amateur Swimming Association in the 1930s and regular galas were held. Before the war the club was well known for its water polo team, which continued after the war under the manager, Reg Potter, who was the first British post-war captain of the Olympic water polo team. The Club’s primary aims have always been the teaching of swimming, improvement of stroke work and personal survival.

A full list of events can be found on our Events section.


The club is SwimMark accredited for "Swimming at Teaching Level". SwimMark accreditation is Swim England's 'quality mark'. It recognizes, nationally and regionally, the clubs that are committed to providing safe, effective and quality services for the benefit of their members and means that the club also qualifies for the Sport England Clubmark.


The club is in need of pool side helpers and teachers. We also need non technical help when we are hosting galas. If you would like some more information, please contact a committee member on a Sunday evening session or one of the teachers.

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The club shop is open between 6-7pm most Sunday swim sessions at the Hatfield Swim Centre. We have club branded costumes, trunks, bags and hats plus goggles and goggle straps.

For a full list of the all the products please contact shop.

Any purchases can be picked up at next Sunday's training session.

Swimming Sessions

We run swimming sessions at Hatfield Swim Centre, Monk's Walk School in Welwyn Garden City and Hertingfordbury Cowper School near Hertford (aka Birch Green). The table below shows the location and times of the sessions.


Day Location Time Squad(s)
Tuesday Birch Green 6.30pm - 7.00pm Honey Bees (Non-swimmers and beginners)
Monks Walk School 7.00pm - 7.45pm Squads 1 - 3
7.45pm - 8.45pm Squads 4 - 6
Wednesday Monks Walk School 7.00pm - 7.45pm Squads 1 - 3
7.45pm - 8.45pm Squads 4 - 6
Thursday Monks Walk School 7.00pm - 7.30pm Rookie Lifesaving
7.40pm-8.30pm Lifesaving - Survive & Save program
Sunday Hatfield 5.00pm - 6.15pm All swimmers


Hertingfordbury Cowper
Birch Green Nr. Hertford
SG14 2LR


Welwyn Garden City


Lemsford Lane
AL10 0EB


The club offers lifesaving sessions to all members and also as a standalone activity (at a reduced annual fee) to those not wanting join the other swimming activities provided by the club.

The purpose of lifesaving at our club is to learn how to keep safe in and around water and how to save safely.

Sessions are run by Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) instructors John London and Stuart Clewlow, using materials and training courses available to them through the society, to deliver:

Events Calendar

This may be updated from time to time. It includes swimming dates, galas we are involved in and social events.

Join the Club

The club currently has membership openings, particularly for swimmers aged 5 - 10. If you are interested in joining the club please email membership@welwyngardenswimmingclub.org. Membership is by annual subscription. We do not offer swimming lessons on a term by term basis.

We continually monitoring our swimming lanes and when space in the water becomes available we invite children to come along to one of our Tuesday or Wednesday night sessions for a try out. Our Head Coach will take a look at the swimmer’s ability and if there is a suitable lane for the swimmer they can join the club. If not, the swimmer would go on the waiting list.

Swimming Fees

The current fees (as at April 2024) are £360 per annum, pro-rata, 1 April to 31 March. We offer payment by BACS or direct debit for all of our members. There are also discounts for families with two or more swimmers.

Pool Time

Our learners will start swimming at Birch Green (Hertingfordbury Cowper Primary School pool) doing a 30 minute session. When they build their confidence they will also be able to do a session at Monk’s Walk School. Competent swimmers will be able to swim two sessions per week: Sunday evening (Hatfield Swim Centre) and either Tuesday or Wednesday evening (Monk’s Walk School pool).

No Swimming

We give our hard-working volunteer swimming teachers the month of August off, and we don't swim on Easter Sunday, during the Christmas break, or at the school pools when the schools are closed.

Volunteering for the Club

Our club is run by a committee of volunteers, mainly parents of swimmers. All our teachers are volunteers, with the exception of the Head Coach. The club relies on parents and carers to help on poolside, at galas and with social events, and in many behind-the-scenes administrative roles. We also encourage parents and carers to train to be swimming teachers or become qualified as swimming officials (timekeepers, judges, referees) to enable the club to run galas.

On joining the club, please consider how you could contribute - no experience is necessary. It’s a great way to get involved with the club, for the benefit of all our swimmers.

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The club follows the Swim England Wavepower procedures for welfare, child safeguarding and protection. For full details see http://www.swimming.org/swimengland/wavepower-child-safeguarding-for-clubs/

Welfare Officers*

Peter Jasko (07711 628 004)

*The Welfare Officers can be contacted at welfare@welwyngardenswimmingclub.org or directly as above

Swim England Safeguarding and Welfare Team, etc

Anyone involved in our sports can contact the Swim England Safeguarding and Welfare Team, or their County or Regional Welfare Officer for advice or guidance on Safeguarding concerns. If these teams or contacts are unavailable for any reason, or failure to act immediately may place a child or adults at risk of harm, then immediate contact should be made with Police, Children's Social Care, Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), NSPCC Child Protection Helpline, Adult Social Care, or other agencies as appropriate.

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline
See NSPCC Helpline webpage. You can contact the NSPCC Helpline by calling 0808 800 5000 (available 10am - 8pm Monday to Friday) or emailing help@NSPCC.org.uk.

Source: Swim England Wavepower 2024


The committee meets every 5 to 6 weeks to aid the smooth running of the club, preparing for swimming galas, social events, club administration and other matters that may arise. All committee members are volunteers. They can be seen regularly at the Sunday swim session at Hatfield, so if you have any questions please don't be afraid to ask.

Welfare Officers*

*The Welfare Officers can be contacted at welfare@welwyngardenswimmingclub.org

Other Contacts

Club Documents

Key Rules and Policies

Wavepower Codes of Conduct

Volunteers, coaches, etc are subject to the Acas Discipline and Grievance Code of Practice. Members are subject to the member's disciplinary procedure (see below).

Getting Started

SwimMark documents

AGM Minutes

Contact Us

Please email us at mail@welwyngardenswimmingclub.org for general club enquiries. If you are interested in joining the club, please see Join the club above.

As a reminder, we DO NOT offer swimming lessons on a term by term basis. We are a swimming club not a swimming school.