We are the Waltham Forest Gators Swimming Club, affectionately known in the swimming world as GATORS. We are a non-profit club and charity, run by an elected Committee which meets quarterly.

The club offers structured and progressive aquatic skills classes and competitive swimming training for swimmers of all ability levels, from age 3 years upwards.

We are now training at the Sylvestrian Leisure Centre, London Aquatics Centre, Chingford Leisure Centre, Walthamstow College Pool and FeelGood Centre, Walthamstow.

Club History

The Borough of Waltham Forest Swimming Club BWFSC was formed in 1986 through a joint initiative of the Borough Swimming Clubs and the local Borough Council. The amalgamation led to a period of growth and measured success with locally produced athletes that would have a significant importance on County, National and International Levels. Today we're a diverse and inclusive ameteur swimming club with a purpuse to promote swimming skills in the local communities of North East London and South West Essex. 

Swim21 Accredited at Competitive Level

BWFSC has enjoyed many years of producing quality athletes as well as competitive youngsters at all levels of competition and has been awarded Swim21 Accreditation at Competitive Level since 2009. We are in the process of preparing for the new Swim Mark Accreditation.

National Plan for Teaching Swimming

BWFSC has adopted the National Plan for Teaching Swimming as the core programme throughout which young children learn to swim and develop a love of the sport. The club continues to attract children at the earliest age to undergo the basic skills of water safety, swimming techniques and further on to competitive levels of the sport. The specific programmes within the club allow for swimmers at these levels to compete as a team or as individuals for swimming events leading up to County, National and International Level


BWFSC works in partnership with our local Leisure Centre Operators. Sylvestrian Lesiure Centre also offer our Club members reduced membership to their gym facilities.

Sponsorship Opportunities are available.

For more information contact us at [email protected].

BWFSC - the Gators

The GATOR serves as a single word representing the abilities and drive of the Club.