Bristol Penguin Olympic Swimming Club



From April 2021, Bristol Penguin Olympic Swimming Club will be running dedicated para squad swimming sessions on Fridays at 7.30-8.00pm at Easton Leisure Centre.

The aim of these sessions is to support swimmers to achieve their potential through improvements in technique, individual support plans to increase progress during other swimming sessions, working towards competitions and making friends and having fun.

Para Penguins is open to swimmers who are at least 8 years old, have a physical or diagnosed learning disability and are able to swim 25m in deep water in both front crawl and backstroke. Swimmers do not need to have an official para classification to join the sessions.

Polly Mullen, Penguins Membership Coordinator, adds “We are very excited to launch a dedicated session for those swimmers with additional needs. We are pleased to be able to support our current members and welcome new members into our inclusive club”. Please contact Polly on [email protected] if you would like to book a trial or find out more information.

Find out more about the new Para Penguins sessions here.


We are thrilled to announce that Penguin swimmer, James Henniker, has been selected for Swim Englands development programme. Well done James!

The National Development Programme is the third step on the Swim England Extended Talent Pathway – but the first on the national framework.

The 13 and 14-year-olds picked will be expected to join a day of online workshops on either 3 or 4 October covering ‘Loving Race Day’, sleep recovery and injury prevention.

A dry land conditioning session will also emphasise mobility and stability to enhance the anti-rotational / rotational strokes and streamlining.

All the swimmers were chosen using the new adjusted selection guidelines that have been introduced for the 2020-21 season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Read the full article here.


We are delighted to announce that Bristol Penguins are Swim England Swimming Club of the Year. This is an outstanding achievement for the club following a couple of very successful seasons developing ourselves as a community club as well as improving performance. Well done and thank you to everyone who works and volunteers at Penguins and those partners who work with us.

Chairperson of Bristol Penguins, Ben Mullen, explained that a ‘combination and culmination of everyone’s effort’ lead to them winning the award.

“It’s really nice to receive the award on behalf of the club, I’m very aware that it’s a massive team effort this swimming club.

“It’s a combination and a culmination of everyone’s efforts over a period of time.”

The club have formed excellent partnerships with Clifton College Swim Academy and Badminton School around the provision of teaching and coaching in return for pool access.

The ethos of the swimming club is at the heart of everything that happens at Bristol Penguins. “It’s really important to our ethos that we’re an inclusive club where we have different groups, different types of swimmers and we try to help them all along their individual journey,” Ben added.

“Another thing that’s really important to us is developing people, not just swimmers, to help them become better people as they get older.”


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Swim England has launched a new system for Officials J1, which now uses online training for the taught part of the course.

There are two SW documents, one a general information briefing and the other for prospective candidates on how to access a SW funded voucher. 

Online J1 Briefing Document (SESW Region)

Enrolling on the J1Online(SESW Region)