Swimming 🏊

UWSWP aims to offer an inclusive, dedicated and fun training environment in world-class facilities.

We are diverse

Our diverse program allows us to work with every ability and our goal is for everyone to enjoy their sport. Whether you just want to train for fitness or want to be the next Adam Peaty or Dušan Mandić, our squad structure allows swimmers and water polo players alike to compete at the level they want with the opportunity to move between squads depending on progress. Attendance is always encouraged but is never compulsory. Our aim is to simply create a fun, inclusive environment to work alongside your studies so that everyone can achieve their personal goals in and out of the water!

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Whether you are new to swimming or water polo, or looking to perfect your sport and compete at a high-level, you have come to the right place. Join us and jump in!

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Inclusive training environment

Open to all levels and abilities

🐟 Development swimming

This squad is for those of you who are just starting out or simply want to improve the basics of your technique. ‘Dev squad’ gives you the opportunity to train up to 3 times per week, at your own pace. On top of this, and ‘Advanced Development’ session will be offered, targeting those looking to transition into club swimming. These sessions are coordinated by our Development Officer who works with the coach to maximise your potential and development.

I like swimming with the development squad, as it is a fun and relaxed environment, in which there is no judgement. Students coaching students means the sessions are pretty chill but can also be challenging and very social. The coaches also help to improve individual strokes and overall swimming technique.

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Lucy Development Squad Member

🐬 Club swimming

Club squad gives you an opportunity to train up to 7 times per week. This squad is suited towards swimmers who want to work on their fitness and start to look at racing technique. There is no obligation to compete for club standard swimmers, however UWSWP club enters various open meets throughout the year to give all swimmers the opportunity to compete at a range of levels.

Joining the club has been one of the best things about university. I have felt welcomed to the squad, with training sessions being flexible. It has been a great way to meet people, both in the pool and outside at social events.

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James Club Member

🐋 Competitive swimming

The Competitive Squad gives you an opportunity to train up to 9 times a week (including various gym sessions), led by our coach Josh Patel. Josh works with the captains to produce a 10-week training cycle targeting the major university competitions—BUCS Short Course in term 1, BUCS Long Course in term 2, and BUCS Teams in term 3.

BUCS Short Course 2021 team

WUFF sessions are really flexible and interesting compared to most programs, so you can really get whatever you want out of the club.

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James LG Competitive Squad Member & British Swimming Championships Athlete (2022)

Meet the coaches

Dr. Josh Patel (Head Coach)

Josh is back as coach (we don’t know why he has not left already, this is his eighth year at uni) after a two year sabbatical from the role. Josh is a PhD student studying History, and if you hear him mumbling something about ‘personal development’ and ’employability’ whilst he’s trying to correct your freestyle catch it is best to leave him to it, he is desperate to be relevant so he can get an academic job, bless him. He is also very thankful he was offered the job as it means he can have hot dinners this winter.

Ollie Smith-Machancoses (Development Officer)

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Frequently asked questions

I am not a competitive swimmer. Can I still join your club?

Of course! You can be any level of swimmer to join our club: We have 3 squads: Competitive, Club & Development.

Club is for those who no longer want to compete or have a strong swimming background (can swim for 1.5 hours with regular breaks). The Development Squad has a minimum requirement of being able to swim 2 lengths of Front Crawl, Backstroke, and Breaststroke. You do not have to be able to swim Fly.

If you cannot meet the above criteria, we would also highly recommend the Warwick Sport Learn to Swim Programmes for adults!

When are the taster sessions being held?

  • 12:00-12:50 on Saturday the 10th October
  • 13:00-13:50 on Saturday the 10th October
  • 13:30-14:20 on Wednesday the 14th October
  • 14:30-15:20 on Wednesday the 14th October

You must book onto your preferred time by emailing [email protected].

How do you sign up for sessions?

First of all email [email protected] to express interest of the sessions you wish to attend.

Then a week in advance we will post how to book these sessions via Warwick Sport on our freshers page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/693368204728901/.

Is attendance required?

No, there are no attendance requirements. You turn up to as many or little sessions as you like. We offer the opportunity to see swimming sets in advance once you become a member so you can be flexible with which sessions you think will benefit you.

When does the swim team train?

No, UWSWP is a university team open exclusively to students enrolled at the University of Warwick.

When does the swim team train?

No, UWSWP is a university team open exclusively to students enrolled at the University of Warwick.

When do the swimming taster sessions take place?

No, UWSWP is a university team open exclusively to students enrolled at the University of Warwick.

🏊 🤽

Whether you are new to swimming or water polo, or looking to perfect your sport and compete at a high-level, you have come to the right place. Join us and jump in!

Buy Sports Membership

Inclusive training environment

Open to all levels and abilities