Category: Swimming

Return to Competition

Following Swim England’s publication of the Return to Competition (Return to Competition Document) and guidance from the Regional Licencing officer the following information has been made available.

While is this information is correct at this time you should check the Swim England website for the most recent information and Guidance.

Delivery Timeline of return

12th April 2021 – Level X restarts

26th April 2021 – Licencing reopens for Single Club Level 4 Applications only

17th May 2021 – Single Club Level 4 starts

1st June 2021 – Applications for all Licence Levels open (New Forms to be used)

21st June 2021 – All Licence Levels applications open

22nd August – Level X ends

Meet Promoters should be aware that for the reminder of this year Licencing will be restricting the number of meets that Clubs can run to a maximum of 2 each. This restriction of 2 Licenced Meets will not apply to Level 4 meets. As in previous years there are some dates which are blacked out and no other Licenced Meets will be permitted on these dates.

Currently 24/25th July and 31st July/1st August are blacked out for the Regional Festival of Swimming.

No Licence will be issued for a Meet unless it has gone through the County Licence Officer first. The Licence application process is being updated with new forms and requirements. These new forms are yet to be published by Swim England but will be available shortly. In addition to the Meet pack there will also be a requirement to include information around COVID Risk Assessments. Fuller details can be found in the Return to Competition document.

Any application for a Licence using old Forms or missing COVID information will be rejected by the Regional Licencing Officer.

Further information and updates will be published when available.



The Home Countries Masters Swimming Management Group want to know what you, the swimmers really want.

SO please complete this very short survey ………It asks some questions about how/if  Masters want to return to racing in 2021.

Also, for those of you who haven't already seen this, here is a link to the Masters Swimming League. 

This is a free, fun initiative for Masters swimmers.

Devon Open Water Championships 2020- CANCELLED

FW: Stronger Affiliation Update


Dear Club

Please see important information below regarding minimum Swim England affiliation requirements coming into effect.

What is Stronger Affiliation?

Swim England is bringing in new guidelines for its affiliated clubs in a bid to show they have the highest standards of safe and effective practice in place.

The Stronger Affiliation process is being introduced so new and existing members know clubs are well run and their personnel have the necessary safeguarding checks in place to ensure members’ safety. For further information please visit –

What will it mean for my club?

If your club is already SwimMark accredited, you just need to maintain your accreditation.

Clubs who have not completed SwimMark will have to provide six pieces of evidence to stay affiliated to Swim England on an annual basis. The six pieces of evidence are:

1.     Approved Club Constitution

2.     Risk Assessments

3.     Club Personnel Record (to include qualifications, valid DBS and approved Safeguarding training) – including information on the Coaching & Teaching Register

4.     Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Time to Listen certificates for the Club Welfare Officer.

5.     Welfare Officer compliance statement

6.     Club Chair compliance statement

If a club provides all of the above information, then they will be compliant for Swim England changes in 2021. Further guidance is included in the attached ‘Stronger Affiliation Matrix’ document.

Failure to meet this new minimum standard of compliance will result in a club being suspended temporarily or permanently at the beginning of 2021. 

What are the next steps for my club?

All clubs that are currently SwimMark accredited will not have to provide the six pieces of evidence as they have already met this standard as part of their SwimMark process. However, this is under the proviso that their SwimMark accreditation is maintained.

Clubs who do not have the SwimMark accreditation will need to complete the Stronger Affiliation process. The next online live webinar to demonstrate how clubs can complete the Stronger Affiliation process will be held on:

·        Monday 18th May, 7pm-8.30pm

To book your space, please email providing your name, club name and your position within the club. You will then be emailed a link to access the live webinar.

This is currently the last Stronger Affiliation webinar the South West region have scheduled however we will consider scheduling further webinars based on demand.

When is the deadline for completion?

All non SwimMark clubs will be able to submit evidence for Stronger Affiliation to an online from 1st June 2020 and all evidence will need to be uploaded by 16th November 2020 so this can be checked and approved by the region ahead of the national deadline 1st  December 2020.




Stacey Millett

South West Development Officer

T 01823 666792



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Devon County ASA – Covid 19 update






You do not need us to remind you that the current situation is having a devastating effect on every aspect of our lives.


The County Management Committee have agreed “that only decisions necessary for the compliance of the County” will be made at this time.


This will continue until clear indication from Government and S England is received that we can safely return to resuming affairs through our Committee structure.


We can advise you of the postponement/cancellation of the following events.


  1. County AGM
  2. County Development Galas and Sprint Gala
  3. County Masters Gala
  4. County Open Water event
  5. All County Water Polo


The County AGM will be arranged as soon as it practically possible, when restrictions have been lifted, and whilst we will look at re-arranging other events, we are sure that you will appreciate there are many factors involved with this, and it may not be possible.


S England are making available some FREE CPD opportunities, which may be appropriate for “up skilling” some of your members, please check them out, so as when we can return to some form of normality we will be stronger. Safeguarding Courses online are also being made available, please keep checking both the S England and Regional websites. 


The latest edition of “Wavepower” has been recently published, you may wish to look at the latest Safeguarding requirements.


It is hoped that you will try and stay in touch with your members through the various social media outlets that are available, one suggestion has been for Land Training, but please read the S England website for the criteria for this.


Please, please follow all the advice we are being given from Government and S England.


We wish everyone well, please stay safe, and we will see you at a pool near you as soon as we can.




Roger Bossom, President


for the Devon County ASA Management Committee



The Regional round of the National Masters Inter County Championship took place at Millfield on Sunday. 
Teams from Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Cornwall, Gloucestershire and Devon all took part in a varied programme with swimmers ranging in age from 18 to 82.
The Devon Team, comprised:
Mark Ashton      Warren Barrett
Darren Beer       Katelyn Bergin
Emma Bickley Jane Bickley
Fin Bowden              Emma Challis
Matt Clarke          Graham Cridland
Tegan Drew           Tara Dudley
Sue Haigh              Matt Henry
Tom Hughes          Ann Humphris
Rebecca Jenkinson      Bill Letch           
   Nye Levett       Andy Matchett     
Alex McCrae     Fiona Mullin           
 Jamie Page      Shelagh Ratcliffe  
   Adam Reed     Danielle Scagell      
Charlie Smith      Ollie Taverner   
Katie Townsend       Nigel Travers Griffin    
 Simon Veale   Kalon Veale    
  Levin Veal    Sue Walker
Rob Will      Terry Windeatt
                            It was in every way a brilliant team effort, with each swimmer ‘pulling out all the stops’ to help Devon win by a convincing margin of over 90 points!!!!
                      My thanks go to Kalon Veale for his expert team selection and to Karen Adams and Mel Jeynes for supporting the team in their official capacity.
The final scores  :
Devon     355
Gloucestershire         264
Wiltshire  240
Dorset    230
Cornwall   230
Somerset    175
It will be interesting to learn how we have fared against other Regions in the National competition.
Sue Haigh


Congratulations to the Masters swimmers from clubs all over Devon who took part in the National Championships  in Sheffield at the end of October.   By the end of the weekend,  Devon had produced  21 National Champions.

Pride of place must go to Totnes Swimming Club.
Simon Veale swam to victory in  seven events, the 100m and 200 IM, 200m, 400m, 800m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 50m fly.
Kalon Veale took the 50m 100m and 200m backstroke  titles along with the 200m IM; Margaret Bickley the 100m back and 200m breaststroke and Dan John the 1500 freestyle.
The newly formed club Exe Masters also had its share of gold medals.; Adele Parham in the 400 individual medley, Philippa O’Grady in the 200 individual medley and Sue Haigh in the 200 back with the Exe Masters 72+ mixed freestyle team  of Tara Dudley, Victoria Malcolm, Jim Capron, Adam Tapp winning gold ian exciting tussle with the team from Exeter Swimming Club.
Stephen Hurley of Exeter Swimming Club won the 1500m freestyle and Warren Barrett from the Exeter University alumni  team took the  50 butterfly title.
The Exeter University alumni  team of Warren Barrett, Ilya Skliarov , Nye Levett and Josep Massey also took  the 100+ 4 x 50m freestyle title
There were also many other great swims & podium positions that can be seen from the results below.


County Team Championships 2019
Having finished 3rd the previous year and runners up in 2017, both times to Yorkshire, spirits were high that maybe this was the year that Devon would top the podium.
Team coaches Dan Dew – Plymouth, David Hill – Exmouth, Glenn Currie – Exeter, discussed with the squad at their team meeting at the hotel on the night before the racing that it was important to race hard and fast but at the same time support each other in the team and have a good team spirit, most of all be loud, colourful in team colour face paints and have fun.
Under the guidance of Lynn Rayment as Team Manager – Plymouth and this season’s chosen captains of Reid Jones – Plymouth and Macy Lawrence – Mount Kelly the team was ready for action.
As usual after the opening races the leader board chopped and changed but as racing settled down it wasn’t long before Devon was on top and began to gradually increase their lead. .Team spirit was high and the noise was deafening. 
When the half time interval arrived and Devon had a clear lead,  captains Reid and Macy gathered the team for a ‘team talk’ to motivate the squad even more and told them to all support each other and to race to the finish.
Racing was going well, even with the re-race of the girls 14/15 backstroke due to a technical problem. Good points were being picked up in all events to extend Devon’s lead, the chasing pack of Northumberland & Durham, Yorkshire, Scotland West and Kent kept on trying but to no avail.
Wins from Honey Osrin – Plymouth in the 100m backstroke, Cameron Williams – Dartmoor Darts in the 100m breaststroke, the boys 16/17 year’s Medley relay ( Ra-eez Warley,  Filippo Coacci,  Sam Perks,  Reid Jones) and the girls 16/17 years Medley Relay ( Honey Osrin, Lucia Grant, Olivia Marshall Macy Lawrence all helped to seal the county’s first ever win in this championship. 
Of course, the success of the team was also down to the high amount of top 5 finishes within the 31 races, of which 18 were top 5 finishes, proving the strength and depth of Devon’s swimming talent. To add to this 26 of the 31 races were top 10 finishes. 
The Top 5 final leader board was as follows with Yorkshire relinquishing their crown that they had held for 3 years running
N & Durham
Scot West
This year’s team consisted of the following swimmers
Reid Jones – Plymouth
James Wheatley – Mount Kelly
Macy Lawrence – Mount Kelly
Imogen Lambert – Mount Kelly
Jasmine D’cunha – Dinnaton
Cameron William – Dartmoor Darts
Joshua Williams – Plymouth
Caoimhe Quinn – Mount Kelly
Sophie Freeman – Plymouth
Joshua Gammon  – Dartmoor Darts
James Hart  – Plymouth
Ella Osborne – Exeter City
Honey Osrin – Plymouth
Finn Broekhoven – Plymouth
Sam Perks – Plymouth
Filippo Coacci – Plymouth
Ruby Griffiths – Plymouth
Blythe Kinsman – Plymouth
Lana Broekhoven – Plymouth
Bella Hodges – Mount Kelly
Hubert Gdaniec – Plymouth
Aidan Watts – Plymouth
Ra’eez Warley – Plymouth
Ella Bardgett – Plymouth
Lucia Grant – Plymouth
Harriette Lewcock – Paignton
Sara Sari – Exeter City
Olivia Marshall – Plymouth
Aiden Symons-Brown – Devonport
Thanks must go to the travelling officials,Tom Osborne, Exeter and Elaine Hedger, Barnstaple, who supported the team over the weekend and also to the Devon County President Roger Bossom, and our County Secretary Karen Adams, who were both on poolside cheering on the team.
One of the Team coaches Glenn Currie spoke with swim England after the event and he praised the team for their hard work yet fun approach to the championships.
 “We come here and we have some fun. We came to race hard from the start and it’s just a great experience for us all.  We said in our team meeting that we should just go have some fun, race hard and it’s worked.”