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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.

Some pupils who are keen to develop their swimming further, can subject to approval as needs to fit with the school timetable, join Swim Bournemouth or Poole Swimming Club both of whom hold training sessions at Canford. Some of these pupils have achieved high National rankings and include one current member of the Swim England National Junior Squad.

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 a competitive swimming club affiliated with Swim England that provides opportunities for swimmers of all ages and levels of development. The club competes locally and nationally in all major swimming events and aims to allow each swimmer to fully develop his or her potential in competitive swimming. As a club Swim Bournemouth is committed to developing the character and self discipline of young athletes, through the sport of swimming.

Coaching is led by Head Coach Matt Heathcock. Matt has worked alongside two Olympic coaches; his father Dave Heathcock and Bob Pay. He has been involved with developing County, Regional, National and International swimmers.  He has been the Great Britain Head Coach at three Junior European Open Water competitions and GB Head Coach at two World Junior Open Water events.

Swim Bournemouth works closely with Canford to ensure the balance between the demands of swim training and academic study are met so that students can achieve their best both academically and physically.

For the latest swimming timetables please visit Swim Bournemouth Timetable

If you have any questions, please email: