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Updating your details on the Active site

See the following letter from our treasurer, for payment, squad changes, and accessing the Active site.

Log on to the Active website

Swimming goggles

For every pair of goggles bought using the code ‘PENGUINS10’ Bristol Penguins Swim Club will receive £5. All of their goggles feature advanced anti-fog technology, 180-degree vision with the curved lens and they’re completely watertight!

Safeguarding training!

Welcome to the start of the 2017/18 season

The club championships are now open for entries.

We also are taking entries for the City of Bristol Open Meet. This is done using the new member’s system; if you have not received an e-mail about registering for this please let Jeremy Dudley know.

Open Water Training, 16th July, Bristol Open Water Centre

Some of the swimmers taking part: Matthew Randall, Sam Randall, Zahra Fitzpatrick, Max Dennys, Harry James, Josh Hodey, Jemma Hodey, Caitlin Mathias, Sam Haydon-Turner, Felix Haydon-Turner, Ben Mullen

Photographs: Debra James

Club captains for 2017


Phoebe, James, Laura and Max

Summer party photos



Summer Party

Hi Everyone,

Just a final reminder to come to the Penguin summer party!

All the details below and picture of amazing cake attached to whet your appetite! Thanks to Debra James for making. Following on from Thursday evening, Andrew Willis will be joining us. He’s signed all the stuff from Thursday which I will bring to the party this evening.

Hopefully see you as many of you as possible later – thanks to Gemma for organising things for the party. 


Penguin Summer Party – Sat 15th July – please do come!
Penguin Summer party will be held at the Rose Green Centre, 65 Gordon Rd, BS5 7DR  on Sat 15th July.
The party will start at 7pm til late.  There will be a disco, bouncy castle with slide, popcorn stall and a burger van with a choice to buy burgers and hot dogs. Entry is free – just have pay for the food and bar.
There will  be a raffle on the night so any raffle donations please could you bring on the evening.

At the Penguin Summer Party, we are delighted to let you know Andrew Willis, 2012 Olympic Breaststroke finalist will be joining us to give a talk at 7.30pm. There will also be presentations at about 8.30pm for club captains, the long distance club championships, open water club championships and some certificates of notable achievement. Each swimmer will also receive a certificate recording their season’s best times.

Hopefully, will be a great night – we look forward to seeing you all there !!!! 🐧  Gemma Wozniak

Andrew Willis at Penguins


This Thursday 13th July – Olympic Breaststroke finalist Andrew Willis to visit Penguins

This Thursday at Easton Leisure Centre we will be joined by Andrew Willis, 2012 ans 2016 Olympic breaststroke finalist!


  Rio Olympics 2016: Andrew Willis finishes … – BBC Sport

Great Britain’s Andrew Willis narrowly missed out on a medal in the men’s 200m breaststroke as Dmitriy Balandin of Kazakhstan won Olympic gold in Rio.

The evening will be available to all squad swimmers so if you don’t normally swim on Thursday you can still attend. The time table will be as follows
7 to 7.45pm – Junior Club and all development squads  7.45 to 8.30pm – Bronze Dev, Bronze Elite, Age Group Club, Silver Pen 8.30 to 9.30pm –  Youth County, Silver / Gold, Youth Club, Masters Just turn up – no need to email to confirm attendance (but note need to reply for challenge race below).

Each 45 minute session will involve: Demos from Andrew – focus on breaststroke Swimmers have a go at them A couple of fun challenge races* Quick Q and A – on pool side

*We will do a staggered breaststroke race (against PB) for each group – obviously, Andrew will set off last!  Hopefully, there will also be time to do a relay as well.  For the staggered breaststroke event there will be five spaces available for each group but obviously there will be more spaces in the relays. For the staggered breaststroke race, I’ll draw names out of a hat but I would like to do this in advance so I can organise. Therefore if you’d like to take part in the staggered breaststroke race, email me back by Wednesday 8pm. I’ll then let the lucky swimmers know on Thursday.

Fundraising for Ben and Polly to have a holiday

Nathan Masters organised a fundraising campaign to raise money for Ben and Polly to have a holiday, as a token of appreciation of all the work that they have put into the club.

The presentation of the cheque was made at the UBSC Sprint Championships.

Scott Tanner made life member


Scott has been with Penguins for 26 years – longer than the ASA records go back! In that time he has been a teacher, coach, head coach, committee member, galas organiser, open meets coordinator, Gloucester County ASA representative, team head, and morale builder. No doubt there is more. Thank you, Scott, for all your time and work with the club.

Outline of ASA new development path for young swimmers

ASA Youth pathway

Slides from the workshop

And this is why you shower before swimming …

“Adults will involuntary urinate 25ml to 50ml into a pool over 1 hour, if a pool has 1000 people per day. you have 50 litres of urine. However of more concern is sweat , up to 75% of the loading on a pool is from sweat which has a similar chemical composition to urine, plus all the personal care products. It is essential to shower before entering a pool. Contrary to the rest of Europe, the UK has no swimming pool standards, only loose guidelines, the guidelines are not in compliance to the highest standards such as German DIN. As a consequence pools in the UK have high concentrations of toxic combined chlorine and chlorine disinfection by-products. However when compared against drinking water quality in the UK, it is remarkable to consider that UK pools will have a lower concentration of combined chlorine and much lower turbidity that municipally supplied drinking water.”

More details here:

2016 Christmas break dates

Last session: Friday 23rd December 2016

Xmas Break

First session back: Tuesday 3rd January 2017

2016 Christmas party / championship cup presentations

This was well attended. We said goodbye to some of our helpers – Roisin, Becky and Lottie off to university, and Lena for a gap year round the world travel. We also said goodbye to Paul Brayne, who over the years has been a backbone for our lifeguarding team, both as a lifeguard and the organiser.



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Brean Swimcamp, October halfterm

We had a fun time at the swim camp. Getting there on the Friday was a minor nightmare, as half of the UK was driving down the M5 to go on to Devon and Cornwall.

The children had three evening swim sessions and two morning land activities on the beach, led by Jon Falco with support from Sam Hill. Sunday was given over to making short movie trailers.

If you have access to the Penguins Facebook page you can see some of these trailers. If you don’t have access please contact Sam Hill for details.


















Club captains for 2016

Club Captains

Oscar, Emma, Patrick and Lily

Swim Coach Vacancy

As a result of an expanding programme we are looking to appoint a swimming coach to add to the team. More details can be found on the vacancies page.

Gloucestershire County Championships (Blocks)

For 2017 there will be qualifying times (entry guaranteed) and conditional times (entry dependent upon space; each event has a time limit, so if too many swimmers apply then swimmers with conditional times may not have their entry accepted).

There are two additional changes worthy of note.

If you use a swim hat then the hat must be a Penguins or neutral hat. Any other affiliation – UBSC, school or previous swimming club – will not be accepted. ‘Neutral’ hats include Gloucester County ASA hats, hats for swimming at regions/national arena/nationals, manufacturer’s logos …

The second is that if you win a medal you must wear a shirt (preferably a Penguins shirt) when you go up to collect your medal.

The web site

We had a problem with the web site recently, where we lost some material. If you find any problems with this site please do e-mail us with the details and we will correct the problem. We are working to fix faulty links, missing images, and getting the content back up to date.

Volunteering Opportunity

Penguins have a great opportunity coming up to enable parents/carers or swimmers over the age of 16 to train as either a swimming teacher or coach. We are hoping to get enough interest to be able to run the course within Penguins sessions to enable people to train on site at sessions they would already be attending. The club relies on volunteers for coaching, teaching, officiating and admin Please email Hayley Porter at if you are interested or would like more information.


 ASA ruling on the wearing of jewellery

We have received a number of queries recently regarding swimmers wearing jewellery during competition.

There is no FINA Rule that specifically prohibits the wearing of jewellery.

However the following do need to be taken into consideration:

  • Watches

SW10.16 – No pace-making shall be permitted, nor may any device be used or plan adopted which has that effect.

  • Power Bands

SW 10.8No swimmer shall be permitted to use or wear any device or swimsuit that may aid his/her speed, buoyancy or endurance during a competition (such as webbed gloves, flippers, fins, power bands, or adhesive substances, etc.). Goggles may be worn. Any kind of tape on the body is not permitted unless approved by FINA Sport Medicine Committee.

The definition of ‘power bands’ is not provided by FINA.  Web research will show lots of articles about power balance bands which are basically silicone wrist bands containing a hologram.  In other sports, players can be seen with tape wrapped tightly above/below muscles particularly on arms and legs, it supposedly helps to protect from muscle cramps or over exertion in much the same way as swimmers used to wear two tight fitting suits. However, this rule is not intended to prevent the wearing of charity wristbands, friendship bracelets, bits of string, hair bobbles or any similar items which swimmers may choose to wear. It would therefore be for the Referee to determine whether or not any item being worn can be classified as a ‘power band’, bearing in mind the opportunity for the swimmer to protest if disqualified for wearing the item and the need for the Referee to then justify their action.

  • Each Home Nation has specific Health & Safety guidance which covers jewellery and officials should make themselves familiar with this.

The ASA guidance is to remove all jewellery.

The ASA have released a presentation for parents on swimming. Supporting the developing age group swimmer is available at the following link: south_west_region_parents_talk_2015