Swim Wales is the National Governing Body for swimming, water-polo, diving and associated aquatic disciplines in Wales. The organisation was formed in 1897 as the Welsh Amateur Swimming Association and adopted the trading name of Swim Wales in 2003.
It is responsible for establishing the laws of the sport, for organising certification and education programmes for coaches, officials and teachers, and for recreational swimming, aiming to ensure that everybody in Wales has the opportunity to learn to swim.
Swim Wales is structured regionally—with over 90 member clubs and a combined membership of over 30,000 members in the South East Wales, West Wales and North Wales regions—supporting their affiliated swimming, diving, water polo, masters and para clubs. It manages the development of competitive swimming sports from starter to international level, and organises competitions, including closed, national and open championships.
Swim Wales is based at the Wales National Pool, Sketty, Swansea.
Founded in 1897, and known as the Welsh Amateur Swimming Association set its objectives to promote and encourage Swimming and Water Polo.
Over the years, our objectives have expanded to embrace other disciplines, including Artistic Swimming (formaly known as synchronised swimming), Diving and Lifesaving. We also hold, manage and control Closed, National and Open Championships, including Masters.
In June 2004, the Association became a company limited by guarantee and began trading as Swim Wales.
Moving more up to date, there are now three regions within Swim Wales - South East Wales, West Wales and North Wales. These regions have provided the delegates, committees and panel members for the Association’s comprehensive activities over the years.
In 2016, the organisation saw the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer. Since the appointment, a review of the company took place and we have seen new appointments to lead specific areas of the business.
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