About the Club

Founded in 1860

Brighton Swimming Club is proud to be the country’s oldest continuously running swimming club.  Founded in 1860, the sea swimming section has been in daily operation save only for the Second World War, when the beaches were off limits, guarded, as they were, by defences. While maintaining its sea swimming section throughout, the club encompassed pool swimming when public baths came into use at the end of the 19th century.  The pool based section constitutes one of the city’s largest youth clubs, while the sea section thrives at a time of enormous interest in open water swimming.  All sections rely heavily on the voluntary efforts of its membership. Our helpers can all take pride in providing an important part in the continuation of our heritage.

A club full of honours

Competitive members of the club have gained honours up to and including international representation, and many over the years have completed solo channel swims.  The unique place we have held within Sussex swimming is due to our embrace of a variety of swimming activities.  These have included: competition (pool and open water), synchro, lifesaving, diving and water polo.

We don’t currently have a charity partner for this swim as BSC is a charity in itself and in the future we would love to use any profit from the race to go towards bursaries to get underprivileged children into the club. You are very welcome to swim the race for any charity you so wish but the club will have no affiliation with these charities. 

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