Hythe Aqua (formerly Hythe Swimming Club) is based at the South Road swimming pool in Hythe and has been established since 1975. Hythe Aqua has over 500 members, with the majority under 16 years of age.
We are a voluntary organisation and although all our 40+ Teachers and Coaches are qualified, they all give all their time free to the Club.This results in our fees being kept to a minimum and helps to encourage membership from all sections of the community.At Hythe we aim to attract members from the 5 years of age to much older participating in a healthy lifestyle of fitness training within a friendly but competitive environment.
Hythe Aqua is a competitive club and membership of one of competitive sections will lead to swimming in galas, playing Water polo matches, participating in synchronised swimming competitions and taking part in Masters Competitions. If you join one of the competitive sections, you will be expected to compete for the Club in the competitions and championships chosen by the Coaches.
The club is growing and we are always on the lookout for new members and coaching staff; So if you live in the Shepway area lease contact us. The club actively encourages interested parents to obtain both teaching and ASA official's qualifications and in many cases can help fund the necessary training. - Contact us
Hythe Aqua Masters Swimmmer In Record Breaking Team
At the recent south east region masters long course championships Hythe Aqua swimmer Fred Parker swam in a medley relay team which shattered the British Record for a team with an average age of 70+ years. Not content with this excellent performance he also entered the three breast stroke events in the championships – coming first in the 50m and breaking his own Kent record in the process, first in a very closely fought 100m and second in the 200m race. A stellar performance from Fred which was all the more noteworthy since he had only recently returned to full training after a significant shoulder injury.
Three other Hythe Aqua swimmers also competed at this Crawley event. For the men - David Staveley (75 – 79 year age group) won the 200m Backstroke and also obtained gold in the 200m Individual Medley in a new Kent record time. Phil Moo (65 – 69years) also obtained silver in the 100m Backstroke. Helen Oakes in the very competitive 45 – 49 year age group came a brilliant first in the challenging 400m Individual Medley event as well as a 4th in the 100m Backstroke and a 5th in the 50m Freestyle.
All in all this was an excellent performance from the small Hythe Aqua team so early in the 2020 season – particularly considering the absence of any long course pools in Kent in which to train.
REPORT ON HYTHE MASTERS AT SER S.C. CHAMPS 2019.
Three of Hythe Aqua Masters’ swimmers travelled to the annual South-East Region short course masters open championships at Guildford recently and came away with several medals including six golds. Swimmers came from as far away as the Channel Isles and South Wales and there were over two hundred competitors taking part.
Tom Richardson (60 – 64yr category) won the 50m and 100m Backstroke and came third in the 200m Freestyle in his age group. Graham Ling (75 – 79yr) won his 100m & 200m races and came second in the 50m Freestyle events and David Staveley (also in the 75 – 79 year category) won the 50m Breaststroke and the 200m Backstroke events and also came second in the 100m Backstroke and 100m Individual Medley races.
Well done Hythe Masters. Hythe Masters train at Hythe Pool on Wednesdays at 9.00pm and Fridays at 8.00pm
Channel Tri Sunday 8th September 2019
Toby Yemm has been successful again in Triathlon winning his age group and coming 9th overall this year (not as good as last year but lacks fitness due to studying for exams and working over the summer lifeguarding).
His had a fantastic swim though and was 2nd out the water!!!
Well done to all those swimmers that took part in this year’s Club Swimming Championships. We were very pleased to have a good number of entries from the Swim School swimmers, who did very well, some of them winning age group medals.
Over 220 new personal best times were recorded during the revised Club Championship programme, which this year was swum over five nights incorporating 200m events on the Club Nights.
Well Done Toby
June 09 2019
Toby Yemm a Hythe Aqua Club Squad Swimmer was the youngest competitor at HYTHE Bay Tri on Sunday 19th May 2019 and took 3rd place overall
(1st in his age group U20 and 4th overall in the swim) A great result considering he has completed very little training so far this years due to GCSE studies.
He also Toby won his age group and was 9th overall at Cranbrook Sprint Tri on Sunday 2nd June. The day before he had competed in Cambridge at the UCI Grand Fondo World Series (bike time trial) so had very tired legs!
The East Invicta (East Kent) annual Masters swimming championships were held at the Kings School Recreation centre in Canterbury last weekend. Hythe Aqua Masters took the Top Team Trophy ahead of rivals Canterbury and Thanet
Hot off the press news
March 13 2019 - Hythe Aqua 16/U water polo team tonight have become London League Division 3 Champions which is a fantastic achievement. They did not lose any of the 8 games they played with 7 wins and 1 draw.
THANET FESTIVE GALA 2018 – 15th & 16th December 2018
Well done to the Hythe Aqua swimmers that competed at the Thanet Festival Gala last weekend.
Overall some good results and PB's but it was against some very tough competition. Despite being very, very long days and a long journey home, Team Thanet made it as festive as they could with hot heat prizes and a chocolate selection box for every swimmer, plus Santa and lots of raffles and prize draws.
Thank you, to all the Hythe Aqua swimmers and parents for taking part so close to Christmas and to Ian Goldsmith and Kathryn Lambert for being our officials. They had to stay right to the very end of each session when their children had finished hours before..
Over the last couple of weekends the East Kent swimming championships have been taking place in Canterbury. All swimming clubs across East Kent send their best swimmers to compete in these championships. Hythe Aqua swimmers did excellently, with 79 competitive swims resulting in 43 new personal best times being recorded. Katie Oliver broke the long standing 9/10yrs 50m Fly club record and Finn Wood was the top Hythe Aqua points scorer with sister Evie being top girl. Hythe Aqua swimmers made 13 finals with 4 East Kent Champions.
Well done to all
Well done to the Shepway Arena League Team that gained promotion last Saturday to a higher division after finishing in 3rd place at the last gala of the season in Crawley. Well swum to all Hythe Aqua members of the team: Connor Alecks, Tristan Calvo, Georgie Dedman, Leon Santer, Isabel Goldsmith, Emma Howes Lawrence, Libby Macarthur, Katie Oliver, Ben Walker, Finn Wood, Ema Calvo & Evie Wood. Also thanks to those that swam in the previous two rounds.
In the final gala, the Shepway team achieved 12 x 1st places, 9 x 2nd’ and 3 x 3rd places. Shepway were in second place for a large part of the gala but finished in 3rd place.
A really BIG thank you to Waitrose, who through their local community support scheme (green tokens) have donated £250 to Hythe Aqua SC. Thank you to everyone that supported the club with their tokens.
The money will be used for equipment and team building. Photo of Club Treasurer Diana with her Swim School pupils from the Intermediates pre Squad Group.
ASHFORD DEVELOPMENT GALA
HYTHE AQUA HIT THEIR BEST TIMES AT GALA
On Saturday 27th October Hythe Aqua participated in the 2018 Ashford Development Gala. Hythe were in lane 5 and maybe it was their lucky lane as they got 36 personal bests and 3 speeding tickets, all by Katie Oliver. Considering Hythe Aqua had only 15 swimmers they still covered most races though and won a fair few. Lots of swimmers had to swim up age groups and had lots of races. Winners were Mackenzie Lambert, Harry Oakes, Leon Santer, Libby MacArthur (2) Tristan Parmenter (3), 15/U Free and Medley Team (Libby, Tristan, Ellis, Leon)
Thank you to the swimmers and also to the club helpers on poolside, thank you Helen, Aly, Wendy, Carly, Kathryn and Paul for helping out at the Gala and doing all the jobs in their own time.
Report by MacKenzie Lambert
Faversham arrived with 4 international players, 3 Japanese ladies and a Scottish International but this did not deter the Hythe Ladies from pulling together and battling hard for the four quarters. The score line does not reflect the way the Hythe Ladies played, they all played with determination, game awareness and vision.
As some of you will already know, last weekend saw the beginning of the Hythe Festival of Arts and Heritage, where a small group of club volunteers set up and ran a stall on The Green, to promote Hythe Aqua Swimming Club
HYTHE’S HAT TRICK AT 2018 KENT WATER POLO FESTIVAL
Hythe Aqua Junior Water Polo had a fantastically successful afternoon at the recent Kent Water Polo at Folkestone Sports Centre winning all 3 age groups. With 28 players attending there was great team support from players and their parents in the balcony. The Hythe Aqua team also looked the part in their new t-shirts and hoodies which has been sponsored by LiftComm.
June 23rd 2018
Excellent two hours training at the 50m Olympic Competition Pool today at Stratford. Hythe Aqua hired three lanes which were full of Squad and Masters swimmers enjoying training in an excellent facility. Big thank you to Tim, Gavin and Simon for coaching the sessions. Pictured some of the Squad and Masters swimmers with Club Coach Tim Wiseman
Last Tuesday Hythe Aqua Swimming Club held its annual Olympic Night at Hythe Pool with Olympian Jo Jackson in attendance. Jo worked with the Club’s Swimschool Teachers for the first hour. The Hythe Aqua Clubs very successful Swimschool, now has over 100 pupils starting from 4½ years. After assisting the Teachers Jo coached the Junior and Senior Swimming Squads. As a freestyle expert, she passed on her great knowledge in terms of drills and practices whilst coaching which the squad swimmers really enjoyed.
EMILY CHAMBERS Last weekend Emily raced in the Age Group British Duathlon Championships over the Standard distance (10k run, 40k bike, 5k run). She did really well finishing in 5th place overall in a time of 2hr 16min.
A New Pool for Hythe!!!!!!! Proposed design of New Leisure Centre
KENT ASA SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018
32 Shepway swimmers were accepted to swim in the Kent ASA County Championships this year. Again, the event was heavily oversubscribed with Shepway swimmers having 45 events rejected and some swimmers not making it though at all even though they had good consideration times.
Remembering Eddie Willis Hythe Aqua is very sad to report that long serving Club Official, Swimming Teacher and Past President of the Club Eddie Willis sadly passed away just after Christmas. Eddie was a founder member of the club and was involved in teaching hundreds of children to swim, officiated at hundreds of galas across the county and was a Past President of Hythe Aqua Club and a long serving Executive Committee Member. Our condolences to all of Eddie's family.
Synchronised swimming is a growing sport in this country with the number of swimmers and clubs involved increasing nationally. Synchro is also now accepted internationally as a spectator sport, being one of the first events to sell out at the Olympic games.
Competitive synchro swimmers must be extremely fit, and completely at home in the water. When tested and compared with other Olympic athletes the results showed that synchro swimmers ranked second only to long distance runners in aerobic capacity, and to gymnasts in flexibility. They must be strong yet graceful, interested in music sufficiently to be able to choose and interpret pieces of routines, and have stamina and determination.
Adult Swimming with Hythe Aqua Swimming Club is for adults 17yrs+ who can swim lengths (25 metres). Hythe Aqua Adult Swimming covers a whole range of abilities from casual fitness training to high level competitive swimming. The training is also suitable for Triathletes and Open Water swimmers who wish to improve their skills and endurance.
Adult Swimming with Hythe Aqua is an ideal way to keep fit, socialise and improve your swimming skills under the direction of our experienced Coaches.
Although without a pool at present due to major maintenance at Hythe Pool Hythe Aqua SC has been recognised by the Amateur Swimming Association as a Quality Club and have been reaccredited with the Swim21/Clubmark status. The award of Swim21 to Hythe Aqua follows a full audit of the Club by the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) covering all poolside and backroom activities, training and governance arrangements which the club passed with flying colours.determination.