Who We Are

We are a friendly, non-competitive, club which aims to improve the swimming ability of children between school-years 1 and 9 inclusive. To join, members must be able to swim 10m using any stroke. We meet every Monday evening during term time. We generally operate on ‘inset’ days unless several schools in our area take the same inset day, and we also exclude public holidays. We run 3 sessions each meeting and the times are shown below. Members move to the later sessions as their ability improves. We meet at Parish Wharf Leisure Centre, Harbour Road, Portishead.

  • 7:00 – 7:40 pm
  • 7:45 – 8:20 pm
  • 8:20 – 9:00 pm

If you are interested in joining The Club please complete the

. Be aware that there is a waiting list. When a place becomes available you will be invited to attend an assessment session. We will make a reasonable effort to contact you using the details you provide, so please inform us of any changes. All being well, you will then be offered a place and required to complete an application form.

Please let the club know if you intend to leave so that we may offer your place to someone else as soon as possible.

Please note our Codes of Conduct.

The development of each child is monitored by using an adapted version of the Swim England’s Learn to Swim Programme . We also introduce members to water polo. More details.

Members that wish to progress to competitive swimming usually join either Backwell or Clevedon swimming clubs. We need to know if you do, as it affects the fees payable to Swim England.

We try and hold a gala once a year during term 3 just for our own members, and this is the closest we get to competition. Our AGM is generally held during term 1.

Subscriptions are payable in 3 installments, at the end of terms 6, 2 and 4 (for the autumn, spring and summer semesters respectively). We ask for fees in advance of the semester so that we know how many places we can offer to those wanting either to join or to progress through the classes. Subscriptions consist of two elements, one for Portishead ASC, and the other for Swim England. Once you have a Swim England membership number you can log on and check your details.First time users will need to complete the registration process.

Payment needs to be prompt and before the end of the semester. We prefer payment by cheque but can accept cash. Cheques are made payable to “Portishead A.S.C.”. Fees are set annually, and the current ones are at link to fees.

Child Protection. – The Club follows the Child Protection guidelines laid out in Swim England’s “Wavepower” publication.

Volunteers. – We rely on volunteers for teaching, administration, and the committee, and are always seeking new people. If you are able to help, please let one of the committee know.