Category: Partners

Bristol Penguins logo

Bristol Penguin Olympic Swimming Club (BPOSC) is a community based competitive swimming club based at Easton Leisure Centre, near the centre of Bristol. We currently have approximately 170 members who swimmers participate in the following squads, all of which have entry criteria based on proficiency at specific ages.

  • Swim Academy for children aged 4 to 7 for those who wish to learn both the fundamentals of aquatics from the National Plan for Teaching Swimming Stages 1 to 6.  The minimum expectation for attendance is on average once a week and there are two sessions available per week. Lessons taught in widths. 
  • Development Squad 1: for children aged 6 to 9 for children who are preparing for and taking part in competitive swimming – this squad completes Stages 7 and 8 from the National Plan for Teaching Swimming. The minimum expectation for attendance is two times a week and there are three sessions available per week. Half the time is taught in widths and half is taught in lengths. 
  • Development Squad2: for children aged 7 to 11 for children who are taking part in lower level competitive swimming. The minimum expectation for attendance is two sessions a week and there are four sessions available per week. 
  • Junior County Squad for children aged 9 to 11 who have obtained county and district consideration times. The minimum expectation for attendance is three times a week and there are four sessions available per week. 
  • Junior District Squad for children aged 9 to 11 who have obtained district consideration or district times. The minimum expectation for attendance is three times a week and there are four sessions available per week. 
  • Senior District Squad for swimmers aged 12 years and above who have obtained District consideration and district times. The minimum expectation for attendance is four times a week and there are five sessions available per week. 
  • Senior Squad for swimmers aged 12 years and above who have not yet achieved district consideration times and compete in club galas, open meets and county championships. 
  • Masters Squad /University Members for swimmers aged 18 who compete in club and masters’ competitions. The minimum expected attendance is once a week and there are two sessions available per week. 

 

We are predominately based at Easton Leisure Centre but also make us of the 50m swimming pool at Hengrove and use St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School on Wednesday.

Recent achievements include:-

  • • Trebling  the number of county qualifier in the last three years. In 2012 we had 33 swimmers who qualified for the county championships and this year we had 54 swimmers who qualified. In 2001 we had one regional level swimmer but now have 6 swimmers with regional qualifying times.
  • • Gained promotion to Division 2 of the Arena League in 2011 and in the same were finalists in the Division 2 A final.  
  • • Our 9/10 girls’ team won the medley relay at the county championships this year and followed this up with gold in the South West Regional Championships. 
  • • We have organised and run additional galas for non-county level swimmers this year and are pleased that every eligible member of the club has been selected for at least one gala this year. 

In summary, we are a relatively small community base club that is being increasingly more competitive yet striving to maintain its friendly ethos – something it is know for in swimming circles. 

Entry Criteria

Below the age of 8 – none 

By 8th birthday – must have completed Stage 4

By 9th birthday – must have completed Stage 5

By 10th birthday – must have completed Stage 7

How to join

Swim Academy : Email  Ben Mullen: benjaminmullen@hotmail.com or Helen Giles helen.giles@blueyonder.co.uk

Main Squad: Email our Head Coach, Jon Falco: jonfalco@hotmail.com

Visit Bristol penguins website at www.bristolpenguins.com

Proudly associated with:

SwimPath            Developing today the swimmers of tomorrow