The Bere Regis & District Swimming Club, now known as "Bere Regis Orcas" was formed in 1976 with its main purpose to teach swimming to children in this rural area. We are an ASA affiliated club and find many benefits from this association with the national body governing swimming.
We currently have around 150 members, 13 swimming teachers and 8 club helpers. It is interesting that two of our club teachers come from the ranks of our swimmers.
Our membership age range is from 3 up to 16 with abilities from complete beginner to competitive standard.
Although still mainly a teaching Club, we do take part in occasional friendly galas with other clubs. We also hold our own annual gala (usually in June) when our members compete for the club trophies and certificates.
However, our main objective is the teaching and improvement of swimming. To this end, we use the Swimming Teachers Association Awards scheme. In these structured programmes we are also able to teach our children to become confident in water and to develop a good technique in all four strokes.
The advantages of learning to swim are clearly self evident. It is an excellent life skill and of course one which potentially can save your life. It is also a brilliant way to keep fit and our wish is that all our young swimmers go on to enjoy a lifetime of swimming.
We are very much a family orientated Club and meet at the Purbeck Leisure Centre on Saturday evenings from 5.15pm.to 7.15pm.and occasionally at the Milton Abbey School Pool from 5.15pm.to 7pm.
Some of our other activities include:
Wareham Lions Swimarathon
Annual Presentation & Barbecue Night
Personal survival and lifesaving skills
Family Swim Nights