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Swimming takes place in all three terms with the summer being the main competitive one. Between April and July the school enters two junior teams, one for boys and one for the girls, and two for seniors. Galas take place most weeks against a variety of schools; Dauntsey’s, Clayesmore, Milton Abbey, Sherborne girls and boys, Taunton school and King’s Bruton, to name just a selection. A team of coaches ensures that the squad sessions are purposeful and push individuals to reach their potential.

A new six lane, 25m state-of-the-art indoor pool opened in 2009 which has not only seen the standard of our swimming improve but has also provided more opportunity for canoe polo, scuba diving and recreational swimming.   An annual Prep Schools' Gala is held in the Summer term for pupils in Years 5 and 6 which is extremely popular.

If you would like to find out more about competitive swimming at Canford, please contact:

Fran Compan, Canford Swimming Coach

Performance Swimming

Pupils who are keen to develop their swimming further have the opportunity to join Swim Bournemouth. 

Swim Bournemouth

Swim Bournemouth is the performance programme in Dorset and caters for swimmers from county level all the way through to international representation. The team is led by Emma Richards, a former international swimmer, who competed at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. Emma is an UKCC Level 3 Coach and has a BSc degree in Sports Development and Coaching Sciences.

Club coaching takes place as follows:

Monday to Friday: 5.20am-7.20am

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 4.30pm-6.30pm

Saturday mornings

Optional Sunday sessions