About the Masters Squad

We have a thriving masters squad at Bristol Penguins which is overseen by our masters coach, John Ferguson. We train for 45 weeks of the year, with a four week break in August, two weeks at Christmas and one at Easter. In the summer we also do some open water swimming at Cromhall – normally Sunday mornings.


All five sessions are coached, and we usually cover a distance of 2-3km in a session (sometimes this is high-intensity, sometimes distance work, and sometimes drill/technique work). Our masters swimmers are both competitive and non-competitive. Masters swimmers can choose to swim from two to five times per week.



Training Times

The Penguin masters sessions are:

Monday Hengrove Park LC 8-9pm
Tuesday Easton LC 6:10-7am
Thursday Easton LC 6:10-7am
Thursday Easton LC 8-9pm
Friday Easton LC 8-9pm
Sunday Easton LC 7-8pm


There is an annual membership fee of approximately £35 per year, which includes ASA registration etc.

We offer four types of membership, with fees as follows:

  • Standard: £38 per month. Access to three sessions per week.
  • Lite: £32 per month. Access to two sessions per week.
  • Student: £101.50 per year, entitling you to train at three sessions per week during the university holidays.

How to Join

If you would like to join our masters squad or would like to find out more, email Polly Mullen


Swim England Masters hub