Imperial College

Swimming & Water polo

Just keep swimming 🏊

With three coached sessions a week, you will quickly sharpen your technique and knock out new PBs. Swimming with friends is the fastest way to progress.

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Have some fun 🍸

It's what being in a club is all about after all. Our two social secretaries organise a whole lot of non-watery activities every week so that the team can get to know each other.

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Play a team sport ⚽

We can guarantee you will have great fun playing water polo. We have beginners every year, and also professionals coming in, so you will definitely fit in regardless of skill!

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Come one and come all

The club accepts swimmers from a wide range of abilities; from those who simply wish to learn to swim further than a few lengths to those who compete at a National level, almost everyone will fit into our club. At present we have the whole pool for all sessions and split the five lanes according to ability.

If you aren't too sure what this is all about, try one of the taster sessions at the start of the year. Missed those? Send the captains an email and see if you can tag along to a session. We run three sessions a week, so there should always be at least one you can make!

Be a better aqua[wo]man

The club has a professional coach who coaches the competitive swimming sessions three times a week, while the general swimming groups are coached by some of our experienced swimmers. Sessions are adapted to your goals, though you will find that swimming is all about pushing yourself further than your comfort level.

We compete in the Universities of London Union league and the British Universities and Colleges Sport championships (BUCS). While ULU allows everyone to get involved and get a taste of competing, BUCS provides the opportunity for the competitive swimmers to compete at a high level and smash out some PBs.

Water polo

The Imperial College Water Polo teams compete in both the BUCS tournament and against other London colleges in the London Universities Sports League (LUSL). All teams are coached by Adam Walzer, who has coached water polo at many levels including the GB Junior, Southern Counties and Maccabi teams.

BUCS Tournament

Imperial Water polo enters both a men’s and a women’s team in the national BUCS tournament every year, competing against universities from across the country. Both teams compete in the premiership south division, giving more experienced players the opportunity to compete at a high level. Both teams maintain their strong positions in the league and are hoping to improve this year to reach the quarter finals. The BUCS teams are selected by the captains and the coach, and are a combination of both IC and Medic members, one of the few Imperial teams where the two unite. Specific pool training is available to BUCS players on Sundays to allow the teams to play together and prepare for matches, with additional strength and conditioning sessions out of the pool.

LUSL League

The league involves seven other London university teams, and Imperial has a 1st and 2nd team so that everyone can have a go at competing - even if they have never played before! LUSL is a tournament for mixed teams, with two female players in the water at any one time and the rest of the team made up of male players. Last year the 1st team won the league and the 2nd team placed 6th. This year the 1st team is hoping to hold the lead, and the 2nd team hopes to improve their position while giving lots of new players the chance to compete.


The Swimming and Water Polo teams train as one club with sessions running consecutively. Members of the club are welcome to train with both teams with no additional cost on top of the annual joining fee. New members are welcome to attend up to two sessions free of charge at any time during the year, then will be asked to pay the annual joining fee. Both teams train at Ethos, the Imperial College sports centre in South Kensington.

This page only presents officially reserved pool times. There may be a cancellation not indicated here. Although we try our best to keep everyone updated through our email list, joining the Facebook group is the best way to stay informed.

Training times for 2017/2018
Swimming Water polo Land training
Monday 19:00 - 20:30 20:30 - 22:00 13:00 - 14:00 (BUCS polo)*
Wednesday 14:00 - 15:00 (Lanes 1-3) 15:00 - 16:00 (BUCs polo) 12:00 - 13:00 (All)
Thursday - - 15:00 - 16:00 (BUCS polo)*
Friday 19:00 - 20:30 20:30 - 22:00 -
Saturday 16:30 - 18:00 - -
Sunday - 18:00 - 20:00 (BUCS)** -
Term Training Dates 2018/2019
First Session Last Session
Autumn Wedneday 3rd October 2018 Friday 14th December 2018
Spring Monday 7th January 2019 Friday 22rd March 2019
Summer Monday 29th April 2019 Friday 28th June 2019

* Targeted strength and conditioning sessions led by a coach

** 18:00 - 19:30 men’s team, 18:30 - 20:00 women’s team

Who are we?

We are just a bunch of students who love swimming and water polo, just like you. Here you can find the members of our committee. Chosen on our annual general meeting, they work hard thought out the year to ensure the smooth running of the club as well as make your experience in the club the best it can possibly be. Please do not hesitate to contact one of us if you have any questions, we will be happy to help.

This years committee:

Clara Bachorz


Sara Beattie-Spanjol

Women's Competitive Swimming Captain

Laura Bevis

Women's Water Polo Captain (BUCS)

Cornelis Bumharter

Land Training Secretary

Andrew Duckworth

Men's Competitive Swimming Captain

Ramon Fernandez Mir

Men's Water Polo Captain (BUCS)

Finlay Gerrand


Samuel Hanrahan

Ordinary Member

Alice Miller

Social Secretary (Swimming)

Leo Pashov

1sts Water Polo Team Captain (LUSL)

Georgina Powell

Equipment Officer

Marcus Rodin

2nds Water Polo Team Captain (LUSL)

Orsina Dessi

Social Secretary (Water Polo)

Veronika Ulanova

Web, Media & Sponsorship Secretary

Ross Hunter

London League Swimming Captain

Ryan Clarke


Tours and Socials

There’s no place like London for socials! We organise plenty of drinking and non-drinking socials so that everyone can get to know each other out of the pool. We meet up for every sports night of the year (Wednesday), and dress up as a team for the ACC sports night each month, as well as going for team dinners and other more sensible things. Each year the club goes on tour to play friendly matches with the local team and do some exploring. Last year we went to Achen, Germany and played in an international water polo tournament. Everyone is welcome to join in and have some fun - I mean, who doesn’t love a good road trip? This year the swimmers also organised a summer swim camp in Mallorca, Spain with some intense training and lots of fun team activities in the sun.

Play some polo, do some swimming, have some fun, join the team!

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