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Club Governance

Created on 20 March 2014 Last Updated on 10 December 2016
Written by Administrator Hits: 4644

Dublin Swimming Club is both a masters and junior swimming club. Dublin Swimming Club is fully committed to safeguarding the well-being of its members. Every individual in Dublin Swimming Club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for their rights, safety and welfare and those of others, and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of Dublin Swimming Club and the guidelines contained in the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport and the ‘Swim Ireland Guidelines for Safeguarding Children 2010’ or most up to date equivalent.

To view our club constitution that was reviewed and updated in 2016 click here.


Dublin Swimming Club operates under the standards and guidelines set out by Swim Ireland in relation to complaints and disciplinary issues. Should a person, or group of persons wish to make a complaint, they must do so within 14 days of the event, and write to the Club Secretary with the details of that complaint. 

To view our complaints procedures, also reviewed and updated in 2014, click here.

Data Protection

In May 2014 the club adopted a new data protection policy. it is based on the Swim Ireland recommended policy. Click here

About the club

Created on 07 April 2012 Last Updated on 24 February 2017
Written by Administrator Hits: 9201

About Dublin Swimming Club

Founded in 1881, Dublin Swimming Club is Dublin’s and Ireland’s oldest and friendliest swimming club. We have both a men’s and women’s team as well as junior members. We heartily welcome new Masters members to our club. Dublin Swimming Club is ideal if you wish to compete or simply enjoy your swimming. We welcome enquiries from all interested in swimming. Members hail from Cork, Clare, Wexford, Monaghan, Kilkenny, Northern Ireland, Spain, France, England, Italy and elsewhere. We even have a few native Dubs.

Heritage You Can Touch

The club boasts the oldest swimming trophy in Ireland. Dating from 1882, the Ormonde Cup is presented annually to the first male club swimmer home in our club sea race, usually held mid-Summer (end June / early July) at Windsurfers Pier, between Dun Laoghaire and Seapoint in south County Dublin. An only slightly more modern trophy, the Purcell Cup, dating from 1927, is presented to the first club lady home. During the off season, the club holds a number of members only races with winners also receiving fabulous old trophies. Races include a 400m pool race, an 800m pool race and a St Stephen’s Day swim at Sandycove.

Some of our Club Trophies


Join us

Created on 07 April 2012 Last Updated on 22 September 2018
Written by Administrator Hits: 25687

Join Us

Welcome, bienvenue, wilkommen, witamy, bienvenido, fáilte to Dublin Swimming Club.

We always welcome new members!

If you:

  • Have recently moved to Dublin,
  • Swam competitively when you were younger,
  • Have done, or do triathlons,
  • Would like to do the Liffey Swim, or other sea swims, or
  • If you simply have that competitive urge to swim again…

… then Dublin Swimming Club is an ideal choice for you.

How do I join?

New members can join throughout the year; existing members will be asked to renew both their club and Swim Ireland membership on or before the 1st of November each year.

Membership of Swim Ireland is mandatory for members of Dublin Swimming Club - both competing and non-competing - and is included in the club membership fee. Swim Ireland membership ensures you can participate as an insured swimmer in all Open Water Committee races and Masters pool races linked to Swim Ireland.

In the first year membership is a little different. There are two forms for new members, one for Swim Ireland and one for our club - you need to complete both. On the club form there is a nominator and seconder, this is so that we can see you swim for safety reasons - e.g. if you wished to compete in an open water race – the club would have an understanding of your ability (swimming being potentially more dangerous than e.g. running for novices). We suggest you attend a club training session and bring the forms then.

New members please complete this form and the Swim Ireland membership form here.

Renewing members - please use this online form

New members must read and accept the Club Constitution and rules and must also complete the Swim Ireland registration form.

Forms will also be accepted and available at any of our training sessions; please feel free to join us.

How much does it cost?

Membership fee:

The annual membership fee is EU 80 for competitive membership and EU 55 for non competitive. It is EU 25 for over 65s and DSC associate members.


* Competitive membership is mandatory to enter any gala or open water race in the Leinster Open Sea series

** Associate members must have a valid Swim Ireland membership through another club

*** The fee covers Swim Ireland affiliation

To encourage early renewal, competitive membership is discounted to EU 70 until 31st October 2018.

Fees are applicable yearly and run from September to August.

For family membership or if you want to discuss a personal situation in confidence, please contact the club email. We believe nobody should be prevented from swimming where possible.

See our full fee schedule for more details.


Coached Training Session Rates:

Sportsco: €7 standard, €4 students, members of Sportsco and unwaged

UCD: €8 standard, €4 students, members of UCD Sports Centre and unwaged

Westwood: €6 standard, €3 members of Westwood and unwaged.


Where is Dublin Swimming Club located?

The club is for anyone living in Dublin but we train in Sportsco, Ringsend, Dublin 4, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4 and Westwood in Clontarf.

Masters Swimmers:

  • Westwood: Tuesdays 9pm-10pm
  • Sportsco: Thursdays 9pm – 10pm
  • UCD: Sundays 8:45am – 9:45am

What do I get in return for joining?

There are coached sessions in our pool sessions to cater for all abilities from improvers to competitive swimmers.

For competitive members, membership allows you enter galas and sea swims. You get an opportunity to be part of a very special sport and to compete in some of the great sporting events in Ireland such as The Liffey Swim.

Most importantly, you get to be involved in a swimming club with a fabulous heritage and tradition where many before you have become great friends while competing to their maximum ability.

Further queries?

If you have any membership related queries, please feel free to contact us using the form below or, if for any reason it is not working, please email

Masters Contact

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Dublin Swimming Club, A Proud History

Created on 18 January 2008 Last Updated on 07 November 2018
Written by Administrator Hits: 25837


The Beginning

In the August 3rd 1875 edition of the "Freeman's Journal" it was announced that "Dublin Swimming Club" would hold  its Annual Swimming Races in Salthill Baths on 21st August of that year.  (In subsequent reports on the races, the club was referred to as "County Dublin Swimming Club").


Web Site Content Guidelines

Created on 25 April 2012 Last Updated on 03 June 2014
Written by Administrator Hits: 5857

We developed these content guidelines for our website as an aid to prospective contributors (the more the merrier).

We have adopted the privacy statement which can be downloaded [ here ]

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