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!
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.
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 Saturdays and LUSL teams on Sundays to allow the teams to play together and prepare for matches, with additional strength and conditioning sessions out of the pool.
The London Universities Sports 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.
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.
London League Swimming Captain
Women’s Competitive Swimming Captain
Men’s Competitive Swimming Captain
Women's Waterpolo Captain (BUCS)
1sts Water Polo Team Captain (LUSL)
2nds Water Polo Team Captain (LUSL)
Web, Media & Sponsorship Secretary
Social Secretary (Swimming)
Social Secretary (Polo Player)
Men's Waterpolo Captain (BUCS)