A BRIEF HISTORY
Scarborough Swimming Club (SSC) was formed in 1893 as an offshoot of the Scarborough Rowing club with many of the members also having a keen interest in water polo which was played during the summer months of the North Pier in Scarborough’s North Bay. Swimming was the club’s main focus being based at several different pools including Blands Cliff swimming baths, Aquarium Top, South and North Bay outdoor pools, the Scarborough Indoor Pool (unfortunately all no longer exist as public pools) and its current home, Scarborough’s new Sports Village.
The club has always been a large part of the local community - swimmers performed to audiences at Peasholm Park and the Open Air Theatre, many local young people and several generations of families have learnt to swim with the club. Many have achieved numerous regional, national and international successes both in the pool and open water, including English Channel swimmers, triathletes and water polo players. SSC swimmers have been awarded bursaries to universities here and in the USA as a result of their swimming talent and many have gone on to build careers in swimming both as coaches, judges, officials and swimmers.
Since 2004 SSC has held Swim England’s prestigious SwimMark (formerly Swim 21) status, a quality standard for clubs which recognises high standards of governance, sustainability and effectiveness.
We are extremely proud of all our swimmers and their achievements from those learning to swim, swimming socially or for fitness, to those who have swum for their town, county or country. We believe that everyone should have access to good quality swim teaching and coaching, we strive to provide this to our local and wider community and our doors are open to all. SSC host the regional talent swim training every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday morning from 5 - 7am for elite swimmers training to compete at regional level and beyond.
We are passionate about swimming. The club is here to give everyone the opportunity to learn to swim, to support those who wish to develop their skills and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of being in the water. We believe that swimming can result in healthier, happier and more successful people and communities.
Our vision is to consistently work hard, have fun and be encouraging and supportive of each other in order to be the best that we can, and want to be.
Our aim is that everyone involved with the club will gain a huge amount from being a part of Scarborough Swimming Club whatever their individual goals may be.
Competitive swimming takes dedication and hard work, particularly those early morning swim sessions, but the skills required to become a successful swimmer can have a very positive impact on many aspects of a swimmer’s life. Swim training can increase a young person’s ability to concentrate and learn at school and being part of a team can be great for their mental wellbeing and confidence. Swimmers are often disciplined and organised and gain other important workplace skills such as working as part of a team, resilience, building on positive criticism and learning how to win (and lose) with grace.
We run a range of sessions from half an hour to up to two hours long. These include learn to swim, development and stroke camps, distance badge sessions, competitive swim, land and open water training sessions. We usually break through the Summer and Christmas school holidays with limited training during these periods for our Squads.
We welcome and encourage you and your family to come along and see if Scarborough Swimming Club is for you and offer everyone two free sessions. Occasionally we run link sessions, which are a chance for you to sample our swim teaching if you are currently in a learn to swim programme with Everyone Active or anyone else - please ask for more details or advice if you’re not sure which sessions may suit you best.