About Us

Seagulls Swimming Club has a strong and growing membership drawn from all age groups – 5 years & upwards, Masters (25+) and attracts swimmers, water polo players and synchronised swimmers from Christchurch, New Milton & the surrounding areas of Dorset & Hampshire (Barton-on-sea, Bournemouth, Bransgore, Burton, Highcliffe, Milford-on-sea, New Milton, Lymington, Verwood and the New Forest).

Seagulls Swimming Club formed in 1978, and later merged with New Milton Torpedoes to form “Christchurch & New Milton Seagulls” (Seagulls) as a competitive swimming club. Seagulls introduced Water Polo into the club in 2005 and in May 2010 incorporated synchronised swimming following the merger with Wessex Flamingoes Synchronised Swimming Club.

Today, Seagulls are the largest multi-disciplined competitive water based sports club in Dorset and offer youth swimming, masters swimming, synchronised swimming and water polo to the highest competitive standards.

We have a healthy squad size and so the our members are divided into lanes dependant on the age and ability. While the focus is on technique and speed, Seagulls will never lose sight of the fact that the sport must also be enjoyable. Members are actively encourage to excel, and the club have a tier of motivational prizes to recognise and reward not only sporting excellence but also effort and commitment.

We have links with numerous schools in the area, and regularly attend schools to promote swimming as a healthy life style choice and to encourage children to take up the sport:


Somerford Juniors

The Priory

Ringwood Juniors

Poulner Juniors



Saint Lukes


Durlston Court

Bransgore Juniors

Tiptoe Primary

Saint Joesph’s

Christchurch Juniors

Stourfield Juniors

New Milton Juniors


Seagulls coaches are committed to not only ensuring that we have a competitive squad but that our swimmers also enjoy their swimming. Seagulls is not an elitist club, preferring an ethos based on inclusion, where everybody has the opportunity to join, improve and enjoy their swimming.

While members of Seagulls swimming squad are taught the fundamentals of competitive swimming including the development and perfection of stroke skills, sportsmanship and teamwork, they also get to meet and interact with new like-minded people while enjoying the health benefits of regular physical activity.