Padstow to Rock Swim 2022 - Entry Ballot Closes 30th Nov
Thu, 25 Nov 2021 19:33:28 +0000

For any keen open water swimmers, a few of us have entered the ballot this year for the Padstow to Rock Swim 2022. If anyone else is keen, follow the link to fill in the ballot form:

Padstow to Rock Swim 2022 (

CCASA County Championships 2022
Sun, 21 Nov 2021 11:26:55 +0000

Dates for county championships - distance events 8th Jan and 22nd Jan . All other events weekend of 5th/6th Feb and 12th/13th Feb . Entries must be submitted for distance events by 20th December 2021. All other events 17th Jan 2022 . Note QTs in pack.

For all events qualifying  times must be on age group rankings from 3rd Jan 2020. See : CCASA meet pack with QTs and schedule of events

AGM -17th November. County Arms 7pm for 7.30 start
Sun, 21 Nov 2021 11:24:28 +0000

Pictures of the Quiz won by Rob Granger. Well done Rob! 

Highest attender awarded to  Peter Stephens - Well Done Peter !

Most improved swimmer awarded to Judy Rolston - Well Done Judy !


Thank you to everyone who has supported Carrick masters over the last year . 

Sun, 21 Nov 2021 11:21:25 +0000

10 Carrick masters swimmers represented their county at the National event on 14th November. Results and team picture below. Some great swims  from an excellent team of Cornish swimmers.

team scores masters nov 2021.pdf

Results Masters Nov 2021.pdf

Medals at the GB Master Championships!
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 09:53:51 +0100


Update - you can download the full results here, (please scroll down to Llandegfedd Results):

GB Masters 3k Men

GB Masters 3k Women


Last weekend a team of 3 from Carrick Masters Swimming Club went to Llandegfedd Lake in Wales to take part in the GB Master Championships. The event was 3km long, and saw the swimmers take on some chilly conditions - even Cathy had to wear a wetsuit!

Well done to Fran, Peter and Cathy who took part, and congratulations to Fran and Cathy who won a gold and bronze medal in their respective age groups! 🥇 🥉

An update will be provided when they issue a link to the full results.

OW Training Starts at Gylly Beach
Sun, 12 Sep 2021 12:51:20 +0100

Yesterday saw the start of our new 5 week open water training course, with Rob coaching ashore and Cathy providing support afloat in a kayak. The weather was fantastic and all 7 participants swam successfully for an hour across the buoys and back to the beach with a sprint finish.

The training is tailored to individual needs with Cathy assisting with time-keeping afloat, so the distance can be adjusted to suit the swimmer.

Thank you Rob and Cathy for the great session!

Splash Night Results 2021
Wed, 01 Sep 2021 12:26:16 +0100

We hope you all enjoyed the event and thank you for coming! As always any feedback is greatly appreciated so we can run another great event next year.

You can see your results here.

We will look at creating an archive of results on the website, so you can compare your times in the future and gauge your improvement.

OW Training with Rob (Coach) - Starts 11th Sept
Thu, 26 Aug 2021 20:22:13 +0100

There’s still time to sign-up to a 5 week course of open water training with Rob (read his bio on our coaches page).

The training will be tailored to suit the swimmers goals and will be risk assessed each time. Please bring a swim float if you would like to join.

Register on Spond here:

Membership Renewal Evening - Saturday 11th September
Wed, 18 Aug 2021 23:00:33 +0100

18/8/21 UPDATE

This event will be held at the County Arms pub in Truro starting at 19:00. Please follow the link below to buy tickets:

Buy tickets here


Membership renewal and social.

Put this date on your calendar time, ticket price and venue TBC.

Open to members and guests.

Marathon swimming - come listen to the experts and learn all about marathon swimming:

  • Speakers, Angie Rogers and Mark Richards who are both club members, will take us into the inspiring world of marathon swimming!

Our first club social event will provide an opportunity to listen to the experts, catch up with each other and meet other club members. Hope to see you there!

National Masters Inter County Event
Tue, 17 Aug 2021 23:39:26 +0100

If you would like the opportunity to swim for Cornwall Andy represent the county. The National Inter County competition is to be held on Sunday November 14th 2021 at Millfield school pool (Keen’s Elm Lane, street BA16 0ST) .

If you would like to be considered for the Cornwall team please return a copy of the form to Cathy Ralph:

Team Form

The different regions in England hold their own galas on the same day, and in 2019 Cornwall came 18th out of 27 nationwide.

Wave of Change - Ocean Bed Clean-up - Sat 10th July
Thu, 08 Jul 2021 12:23:55 +0100

Join us on Gylly Beach at 10am on Saturday, where we will be joining in with those from Malta and Hungary, in protecting our oceans. We will aim to collect 6 pieces of plastic per person and go for an informal open swim too - hope to see you there 🌊 🌍 🏊

Photo from Wave of Change Malta (link above)

Neil Agius completes his record-breaking swim!
Mon, 05 Jul 2021 20:09:58 +0100

Congratulations to Neil on completing his mammoth swim! 🏊‍♂️ 

Read the latest here to see how he got on:

Para-Swimming National Pathway Engagement Day - 10th July
Mon, 05 Jul 2021 20:02:52 +0100

Dave Hill is a 2 x Paralympian in Swimming & Triathlon, he will discuss his career as a Para-athlete across two sports and now as a coach. If you’re interested in joining this workshop on Zoom, take a look at the leaflet:

National Para-Swimming Engagement Day Leaflet

Wave of Change - World Record Breaking Attempt Starts
Tue, 29 Jun 2021 12:38:37 +0100

Track Neil’s swim here:

From Neil’s Facebook page:


The next update comes sooner than expected. This is part of the excitement and nature of these kinds of expeditions.

After carefully considering the options, I made the tough but necessary decision to change the course of the swim. The route is now that of Linosa (a Small Mediterranean island near Africa) to Malta. I will be swimming home.

The swim is still an attempt to break the current World Record of the “The longest continuous, unassisted, current neutral swim along a single-segment natural route in an ocean, sea, or bay” or in simple terms the ‘Longest Open Water Swim’ - currently held at 124.4km. This doesn't make the swim any easier or less of a challenge. All the exact same restrictions apply. It is still set to be a 50-55 hour non stop swim.

I will start swimming on Monday at 5pm.

As you can imagine, this takes mental agility from myself and the team to switch course at such short notice. But this is all part of the training and the mindset I am committed to.

The excitement ramps up another notch!

Swim Wales Challenge Series 2021
Tue, 29 Jun 2021 12:29:45 +0100

Tickets are now available for the Swim Wales Challenge Series on 4th September. Follow the link for more information:

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Improved Payment Options
Tue, 29 Jun 2021 12:22:55 +0100

The club is improving the way you pay for swimming:

Option 1 – pay monthly in advance to reserve your space. Pay £24 (£30 Saltash) on 25th of every month (first payment due 25th June 2021). You will receive a request for payment each month through Spond.

Option 2 – pay as you go at £6 (£7.50 Saltash) per session. You can book and pay for your swim up to one hour before the start of the session. Availability will be subject to restricted (Covid 19) pool capacity.

Both options require pre-registration on the Spond App.

Wave of Change - World Record Breaking Attempt
Fri, 11 Jun 2021 13:02:00 +0100

One of our new members, Angie, is supporting a swim between 2 continents which hopes to break the world record as the longest ocean swim:

I will be supporting Neil Agius a 34 year old swimmer from Malta. He co-funded an NGO to raise awareness on a number of issues including plastic in our oceans. Below please find a link to the website:

Wave of Change Malta

(Image from Wave of Change website)

He was my training partner and we both represented Malta at the Athens Olympics in 2004.  He is currently attempting to smash the World Record to swim the longest open water swim ever attempted:

He’ll  be crossing two continents, from Africa to Europe. His message is that we all share oceans and litter discarded in Europe will end up in Africa and vice versa, so all have to take responsibility for our oceans.

I will be volunteering as a medic for the swim and I will also be an observer for Marathon Swimming Federation (MSF) a platform that ratifies independent open-water marathon swims.

Some interesting facts:

  • The distance is 153km.
  • The predicted swim time is 50 hours.
  • He is not allowed to touch the support boat.
  • He will be swimming without a wetsuit.
  • The date will be between 25th June - 8th July - depending on the weather.

Challenges include:

  • Staying awake for 2 nights.
  • Strong unpredictable winds and currents in the Mediterranean.
  • Jellyfish.
  • Shark attacks.

Specific medical risks:

  • Hypo and hyperthermia - hypo and hypernatremia (dehydration and over hydration).
  • His tongue will absorb so much water that he will lose his ability to feel thirst. This will make it particularly difficult to ensure he is drinking the right amount of water and electrolytes).
  • Anaphylaxis from jellyfish stings. We anticipate several jelly fish stings per hour. There is some concern that these may result in a cumulative allergic reaction.
  • Large fish bite resulting in bleeding/fractures.
  • Drowing - delayed drowning.

We hope to be able to follow his swim directly on the website, and will share the link when available.

Good luck to Neil, Angie and the rest of the Wave of Change record attempt team! 🏊 🚤 👏

Another successful session - this time at Saltash!
Sat, 22 May 2021 23:12:10 +0100

As well as training in Truro, we also have pool time in Saltash on Friday evenings. Last night was the first session since lockdown, with Carrick Masters coach Bernie expertly reintroducing masters swimmers to the water.

If you’re interesting in joining the club and would like to swim at Saltash with us, please contact our Membership Officers Alison and Fran at

Success - First Truro Swimming Session!
Wed, 19 May 2021 12:44:59 +0100

About 25 masters swimmers took part in our first session at Truro Leisure Centre last night. We had 6 lanes and 3 coaches all aimed at helping us achieving our individual goals. It was great to see so many enthusiastic swimmers after lockdown. Thank you to the coaches who did a fantastic job!

If you’re interesting in joining us, please contact Fran and Alison at

CMSC Pool Procedures during COVID-19
Mon, 10 May 2021 22:45:35 +0100

As everyone is keen to get back in the pool and swimming again, there are a few extra things you need to be aware of for your first visit back. We’ve put together our club pool procedures, so please familiarise yourself with these before attending, and return a copy of the form to the Membership team:

CMSC Pool Procedures (C19)

Swim England Return to Training Form

We look forward to swimming with you at Truro and Saltash! 🏊‍♀️🏊‍♂️🏊‍♀️🏊‍♂️

Saltash Sessions - Restart Friday 21st May
Mon, 10 May 2021 22:24:08 +0100

CMSC pool sessions at Saltash will restart on Friday 21st May 19:00 to 20:30 each week. Look out for updates on Spond, where training sessions will also be uploaded if you can’t make it :-)

See you all soon!

Truro Sessions - Restart Tuesday 18th May
Mon, 19 Apr 2021 12:29:38 +0100

CMSC pool sessions at Truro will restart on Tuesday 18th May 20:30 to 21:30 each week. Look out for updates on Spond, where training sessions will also be uploaded if you can’t make it :-)

See you all soon!

Session Sign-up - Spond
Thu, 01 Apr 2021 21:08:07 +0100

Carrick Masters Swimming Club is on Spond!

Spond is an app where we can send you invites and reminders about events and training sessions as well as having a messaging platform for planning open water swimming meets.

Don't worry if you don't have a smartphone, the invites or messages will be sent to your email instead. Invites to join the CMSC Spond groups will be sent out shortly by email to our current members.

If you need any help with the app, FAQs can be found here:

We hope the app works well with keeping everyone informed. If you have any feedback please email

New Club Shop!
Tue, 23 Mar 2021 12:30:26 +0000

After a long and exciting wait due to COVID, the Club Shop is finally open! Have a look at the kit available using the link in the menu bar or the link below. Kit can be ordered online and will be put in production in batches. If you have any questions please email Cathy here

Swim England - Open Water Coach Qualification 2021
Sun, 28 Feb 2021 20:03:29 +0000

There are currently two dates (9 May and 5 June) scheduled for the theory. Cost for the theory is £199 and candidates are required to book on to one of those dates then complete the written work required before the practical module. 


Requirements for the course are that candidates must be at least 17 years of age at the start of the course, and have one of the following qualifications: 

- Swim England Swimming Coach Certificate (or equivalent)

- 1st 4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Triathlon (QCF)

- SEQ Level 2 Teaching Swimming and have experience of swimming in an open water environment

Click the logo below to see the list of courses:

Pool Training on hold - Jan 2021
Fri, 01 Jan 2021 23:43:40 +0000

All pool training sessions are currently on hold until Cornwall moves out of Tier 3. Watch this space for updates when the restrictions are lifted, and we will also update members by newsletter.

Some brave members are still sea swimming! If you would like to join them please contact Cathy at who can add you to our WhatsApp group.

Hope to update you all soon 🏊‍♀️🏊‍♂️🏊

Welcome to the Saltash masters group!
Fri, 01 Jan 2021 23:28:02 +0000

Welcome to David, Brett and future Saltash masters swimmers to Carrick Masters Swimming Club.

David is the representative for the new South East group, and can be contacted at

Sessions will be on Sunday afternoons at the Saltash Leisure Centre, timings to be confirmed when pool training reopens from Tier 3 restrictions. Watch this space for news!

Christmas Sea Swim - Tues 22nd Dec
Sun, 20 Dec 2020 19:02:56 +0000

Meet us at Gylly Beach for swim in the sea before Christmas. Mince pies welcome! Meet 10:30 by the lifeguard hut.

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Swim England affiliation
Sat, 21 Nov 2020 19:28:29 +0000

As of 16th November 2020 we are now a Swim England affiliated club!

New website!
Sat, 14 Nov 2020 19:29:02 +0000

Still a work in progress, but if you have any suggestions please email