About Us

Our philosophy is to create opportunities and to encourage every swimmer to be the very best they can within a friendly environment.

Jersey Swimming Club has an unrivalled history within the Island and a special place within the local community, built around traditional family values whilst affording modern day aims and ambitions.

We are always investing a significant amount of time and resources in building for the future. Improving the services and opportunities we offer, which includes building on an already full programme from Pre-Learn To Swim and Learn to Swim, onwards and upwards to senior swimmers with National aspirations and Master’s with renewed ambition!

We offer a safe, structured swimming and social environment for all ages. For those who take a competitive route there are opportunities to travel, starting with Guernsey, Southampton and locations such as Spain, France, Crete, and Island Games locations for those who make the team.

Based at Langford, St Helier with modern state of the art facilities, we also extend our facilities to meet demands of those who live in other areas by offering sessions at Aquasplash and Les Quennevais pools.

We have a whole host of coaches and teachers with varying swimming teaching, coaching and lifesaving qualifications and experience. Supported by an administration team who deal with all Learn to Swim paperwork, competition entries, and all day-to-day routine elements that help the whole club operate smoothly.

Our History

The Jersey Swimming Club was founded on 9 October 1865 by William Anderson after the deaths of two young boys who drowned whilst bathing at Havre des Pas. The sea was perfectly calm and less than five feet in depth but more than twenty men witnessed it without attempting a rescue. It was suggested that bathers safety was of paramount importance, and as a consequence it was proposed to form a Swimming Club. More than forty people signified their approval.

A meeting was convened at which plans were explained and it was decided to create the Jersey Swimming Club. The initial objects of the Club were to improve the safety of bathers, improvement of the bathing places near St Helier and the encouragement of the sport of swimming. They continued in these aims increasing the popularity of swimming in the Island.

Some thirty years after the establishment of the Club, Havre Des Pas bathing pool was built and was officially opened on May 22nd 1895 by his Excellency Major Gen H Hopton CB Lieut Governor of Jersey.

This photograph of Doris Leach, K Le Rossignol and Molly Macready all of the Jersey Swimming Club at Havre Des Pas Bathing Pool. Doris Leach was the high diving champion of England in 1931 and K Le Rossignol competed in the Olympic Games in 1928 in Amsterdam. The Jersey Swimming Club has a long tradition of members taking part in national and international competitions.

Photograph of the Christmas Day swimmers of 1928 at Havre Des Pas Bathing Pool including, from left to right, Jimmy La Poidvin and Charles Duret Aubin, later President and the Island's Attorney General and unknown.

J W Labey, Captain of the Jersey Swimming Club 1901 to 1913, posting a notice at the Havre Des Pas Bathing Pool.