Learn to Swim…..Like to Swim…..Love to Swim

About us:

The City of Southampton Swimming Club is the major swimming club in Southampton, Hampshire and is based at the Quays Swimming & Diving Complex near West Quay.  The club was founded in 1963 by the amalgamation of Southampton Amateurs and City Borough. The City of Southampton Swimming Club won the European Club Championship under the leadership of  Derek Snelling and numbered many international swimmers. This ethos and ambition has been carried forward by the coaches and committee to this day.


Club Statement:

City of Southampton Swimming Club is a community-based Teaching and Coaching organisation with a focus of:

  • Providing a learn to swim framework developing confident and competent swimmers through fun and enjoyment within our ‘Otters’ Learn to Swim programme.
  • Enabling all our swimmers to develop and achieve their own personal goals whatever their level of ability both within swimming and their personal growth outside of the sport.
  • To be a swimmer centred and coach driven organisation that provides Age Group, Junior, Senior to Masters swimmers, the opportunity to achieve their ultimate goals and ambitions within competitive swimming.
  • To provide a strong sustainable swimming training environment to enable athletes to excel at Local, County, Regional and National competitions.
  • To provide inclusive swimming development to all swimmers regardless of age, gender, or physical ability, providing it is safe to do so, whether it is to build confidence in the water or aim for competition standards.
  • To give swimmers stroke technique, skills, and training they need to achieve their own full swimming potential.


Club Values:

  • A Club that provides a fun and friendly environment for all its members.
  • A Club that has provision for all abilities from Learn to Swim, through to Age Group, Junior, Senior and Masters Level.
  • A Club that continues to develop lifelong swimmers with excellent core values of integrity, hard work, pride, and positivity.
  • A Club that encourages the benefits of competitive swimming through:
    • Aerobic fitness and strength
    • Personal discipline and mental strength
    • Value of Teamwork
    • Building self esteem
    • Sportsmanship



As of 2021, the club has approximately 400 members ranging from 3 years in the Learn to Swim programme to Masters, who compete at local, county, regional and national competitions.
Successes & Notable Former Members.

Notable former members include: