Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club ranks as one of Hertfordshire’s premier clubs and currently has around 250 members aged 5 to 65.
The Club can trace its history to 1840, but was formally established in 1913; more details of our history may be found here. The Club is a member of Swim England and had the distinction of being the first Club in Hertfordshire to win the Swim 21 accreditation, a kitemark for the development of effective, ethical and sustainable clubs. This is now referred to a SwimMark and we are currently accredited as a SwimMark Essential club and in 2013 were appointed as a Disability Assessment Centre.
Our objective is to help all our swimmers achieve their competitive potential. We regularly have swimmers competing at the Eastern Region Long and Short Course Championships and in excess of 50 swimmers competing in the Hertfordshire County Age Group Championships. We offer swimmers up to 13.5 hours of pool training time per week, including two hours long course training in a 50m pool, and up to 1.75 hours land training; details of the facilities we use may be found here. For swimming group times click on the menu item Swimming Groups above.
From 2011 to 2014 the Club invested significantly to improve the competition facilities at our main pool at Hemel, purchasing a six lane scoreboard, starting equipment, Olympic-standard lane ropes and most recently the Olympic-style OSB 11 starting blocks with adjustable raised foot plate.
The Club is managed by a committee of parent volunteers in a caring and responsible manner, headed by the Chair, Janet Davies; details of the committee may be found here, whilst the Club’s constitution, minutes of committee meetings, policies and codes of conduct are available for download here. The Club draws on the enthusiasm and commitment of many parents and guardians of its membership to provide a wide range of voluntary support including assistant coaches, coaching support, event officials, stewards etc. Parents and guardians also provide the invaluable motivational and practical support throughout training as well as in competition. Details of how to become involved as a volunteer can be found here.