Southside Penrhos Wesley is a community based A grade swimming club affiliated with the WA Swimming Association that welcomes ALL swimmers. Club members do not have to be a student at Welsey College or Penrhos College. The club focuses on development of junior and age-group swimmers. Southside Penrhos Wesley Swimming Club was established as Maida Vale Dolphins in 1978 and was originally based at the Maida Vale Pool near Kalamunda Road. In 1994 the club relocated to Wesley College in South Perth and changed its name to Southside Dolphins. The club later changed its name to Southside Wesley Swimming Club to both advertise our location and mark our close relationship with Wesley College. The most recent name change to Southside Penrhos Wesley (March 2007) was to emphasise the importance of our two major squad training pools and secure access to these incredibly valuable resources into the future.
Our goal as a swimming club is to develop junior swimmers to be the best swimmers they can be. Generally swimmers will develop through club swimming to a level where they can compete at State Championships. From this point, swimmers will be encouraged to compete to the highest level of their ability, which could eventually include national and international competition. All swimmers, regardless of goals and level of ability will be appreciated, valued and supported by the club.
This year represents our fourteenth consecutive year based at the Wesley College swimming pool (and more recently also Penrhos) and the fifth season under the reins of Nick Watkins as head of coaching. The Wesley Pool is a 50 m heated outdoor pool located on the Wesley College campus, on Angelo St in South Perth. The pool is maintained at an even 26 degrees Celcius throughout the year. Senior teams also train (through Watkins Southside Swimming) at the 50 m Penrhos College pool during Term 4 and Term 1.