Bristol Penguins is a teaching and competitive swimming club based primarily at Easton Leisure Centre in Bristol.
We are a friendly swimming club who teach and coach swimming. We have about 300 members ranging from those learning to swim, competitive squads and a masters section for adults. We are proud to be one of the most diverse swimming clubs in the South West of England and have members from across Bristol. We have had particular success with our junior swimmers over the years and have now improved our provision for age group, youth and senior swimmers. We work hard to ensure there are competitive opportunities for all our swimmers ranging from local and county level competitions and also organise social events as well.
Our Lead Coach is Josh Jobbins who works closely with our Technical Lead and Coach Andrej Baranovskij and with Coach David Cousins who oversees the development and the club squads. Also, there are many volunteer teachers and lane coaches who are well qualified and share a passion for swimming!
Our ethos is to teach and coach children to not just to swim but to become lifelong swimmers. We aim to provide a productive yet fun atmosphere where each swimmer can progress along their own individual swimming journey. We also aim to do our bit to help our young members develop as young people as well as swimmers, such as through our young volunteer programme. Our club is managed by a group of dedicated and well organised volunteer committee members and have achieved Swim 21 accreditation – the kite mark for swimming club to ensure clubs are run properly including a check to ensure necessary safeguarding arrangements are in place.
In summary, we strongly believe our community based club is a friendly and enjoyable place for children and adults to develop themselves as swimmers and also as individuals. We are passionate about swimming and we look forward to continuing to strive to improve our provision to see existing and new members progress over time.
Bristol Penguin Olympic Swimming Club Chairman