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Bristol Swimming & Water Polo Club

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 University of Bristol Swimming and Water Polo Club is one of the University's biggest and most successful sports clubs! We are the home of multiple international athletes, a large competitive swimming squad, 4 water polo teams and over 100 social/fitness members.



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Becoming a member of UBSWPC is the cheapest way to be able to swim at the University of Bristol - and if you join us you're sure to have a whale of a time! Membership starts at just £35 for the whole year for fitness/non competitive members, giving you access to 4.5 hours of training per week* and all of our super fun socials!


We are one of 15 Performance Sport Clubs at the University. This means our club members have access to extremely high quality coaching across our squads, and the opportunity to improve in their sport beyond the pool through tailored Strength and Conditioning from a dedicated S&C coach. A number of our athletes are also Vice Chancellor Scholarship recipients and/or members of the Bristol Sport Performance Squad.


Water Polo

All 4 of our Water Polo teams (2 men's, 2 women's) compete in the top two BUCS divisions, with a glittering history of final-making, league-winning and BUCS glory. If you have never tried water polo before, do not let this put you off! One of our players joined UBSWPC in her first year and had never tried the sport before, and within 2 years with us she became Women's 1sts Captain.


Our Men's and Women's 1s teams each have 6 hours training per week, and the 2nd teams each have 4 hours. This includes dedicated swim fitness sessions for water polo. The 1st teams also have a tailored S&C programme outside of these hours.



FITNESS swimmers have access to both morning and evening sessions, which are coached by our Swimming Captains! Over half of our members swim for fitness; it's a great way to stay healthy, meet new people and is the cheapest way to swim at Bristol.


COMPETITIVE/BUCS squad - we have a large competitive squad with access to 9.5 hours of training a week, 5 of which are coached by Jez Birds, and a tailored S&C programme outside of these hours. The competitive team competes at BUCS Nationals, Varsity, an international meet in Germany. There are also opportunities through Jez to race at Level 1 meets nearby and in National League with local club Bristol Henleaze. The team regularly makes relay finals at BUCS with both their A&B teams, and at BUCS Team Championships they enter a large squad of over 20 swimmers to compete in the top 2 divisions.


PERFORMANCE SWIMMING SQUAD - our swimming coach Jez also runs a Performance Programme in partnership with the University, UBSWPC and a number of local clubs. If you are a regional/national level swimmer wishing to push your performance to the next level at University, this could be the squad for you. It offers more coached training time on top of the Competitive Squad times (19 hours total weekly) at additional cost. To find out more, contact Jez Birds -


*You will also need the basic monthly £5.99 #WeAreBristol membership (different from UBSWPC membership) to get access to our, and any other University of Bristol sports club's, training times and facilities - this can be purchased HERE



Terms and conditions

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Membership Fee Inclusions


Prior to signing up to a Club or Society speak to the Committee to find out what your membership includes and if there are any further expenses throughout the year.


Service Standards


All Club or Society members can expect to receive:


  • The opportunity to attend regular meetings, events, activities, trips and socials as arranged.
  • The opportunity to stand for a committee position or vote in their elections (Bristol students only).
  • For Sports Club – to attend regular training sessions and have the opportunity to be selected for the teams.


Code of Conduct


When joining a club or society you are agreeing to abide by the constitution, general rules, regulations and policies of University of Bristol Students’ Union and also the Club or Society Code of Conduct which sets out the level of behaviour & discipline expected of all Club & Society members.


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Refund Policy


Any customer who pays for a membership subscription to a Bristol SU Society, Sports Club, Student Media and initiatives has a 14 day cooling off period from the time and date of purchase during which they have the right to cancel the subscription and receive a full refund. If you do decide to cancel within the 14 days, Bristol SU will refund your payment within a further 30 days of the cancellation.  To request a refund please email:


Data sharing (Sports Club members only)


Please be aware that Bristol SU may share data relating to the members of its sports clubs with the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health (a department of the University).  This information may be used for the purposes of communicating direct with these members and/or to cross-reference against SEH's Sports Pass membership records.


As part of Bristol SU's membership of British Universities & Colleges Sports (BUCS) Bristol SU may have to share data on to its sports clubs members so BUCS can, from time to time, communicate with these members. 


Data sharing (Societies members only)


If you're joining one of the societies listed below please be aware that your name and email address will be shared with Bristol Hub for the purpose of keeping you up to date with their activities through their email “The Week”:

AIESEC Bristol, AMICUS Bristol, Anti-Slavery Society, Bristol Feminists, Bristol Friends of MSF, Bristol Marrow, Bristol Social Enterprise Society, Bristol Student Action for Refugees, Bristol University Amnesty International, Conservation Group, Bristol University Oxfam Group, Bristol University Sustainability Team, Bristol Volunteers for Development Abroad, Engineers Without Borders, Howard League for Penal Reform Student Society, International Affairs Society, Medsin Bristol, Model United Nations, and Vegetarian and Vegan Society.


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If you do not want your details shared with the Hub please email:

These terms shall be governed by English law and are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts. Nothing in these terms shall exclude liability for fraudulent misrepresentation.