Club, County, Regional, Open

Competitions shown below are supported by the club and entries will be managed and submitted by the Competition Secretary, the email address of whom can be found on the CONTACTS page. Refer to the CALENDAR for further information.

Newton Abbot SC Club Championships

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Devon County ASA Competitions

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Swim England South West Competitions

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Open Meets

Open meets will be managed and submitted by the Open Meets Secretary, the email address of whom can be found on the CONTACTS page.

Follow this link for a list of upcoming meets or refer to the CALENDAR for further information on supported meets.

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Paignton Long Distance

This is an opportunity for swimmers aged 11 and over (as at 31st Dec 2021) to gain a time for 800m and/or 1500m this year. Your swim(s) at Paignton will count towards your Club Championships events, as we will not be staging a separate long distance event at Newton Abbot. 

800m wil be swum on Wednesday 24th November 2021 at Torbay Leisure Centre 6-9pm.
1500m wil be swum on Wednesday 8th December 2021 at Torbay Leisure Centre 6-9pm.

Please email Open Meet Secretary with your entry form or enter through your Active Portal. Please do not pay for or email your entry direct to Paignton. Open Meet Secretary's email can be found in the Contacts page.

Dawlish Firecracker


Results available

Tiverton Sparkler L3 Open Meet 28th Nov 2021


Information regarding warm up times etc will be posted here nearer the event.

2019 Arena League Round 2

What a fantastic performance from the team at Hutton Moor on Saturday 9th November! We led all the way and won with a convincing 250 points! Currently lying second in Division 1 ready for the Final on 14th December in Newport!
Results for the Newton Abbot team below. Final positions:

Newton Abbot      250
Bristol Penguins   223
Seagulls                 220
Southwold             200
Devonport             194
Clevedon               172
Backwell                136

2019 Arena League Round 1


Saturday 12th October 2019

This was an exciting gala and Newton led all the way to the final relay which we won in style! Well done to the team and coaches and thanks to the officials.

2019 Newton Abbot Club Championships

For results of the 2019 Club Championships see:

Swimming > Competition Results > Detailed Results

For Club Championships Best Times since 2007 see attachment below.

NEW BEST TIMES set in 2019 are highlighted.

Simplified Rules of Swim Racing

The rules for swimming can seem very complicated and confusing when your children start to compete, so we have drafted some simple rules for them to follow. 

There are a few finer details of the rules which will need to be observed once swimmers compete at higher levels.


  • The stroke sequence must be one arm pull followed by one leg kick throughout.
  • The arm and leg movements must be simultaneous and symmetrical (mirror image).
  • The feet must be turned out at the backward kick (like a frog!)
  • The hands must not be brought back beyond the hips (apart from at the start or after each turn).
  • The touch must be with both hands simultaneously at the turn and at the finish.
  • The head must come up during each stroke - no underwater swimming except after start/turns (where one underwater arm pull and one leg kick is allowed!)


  • The swimmer must remain on the back throughout the race except to perform a turn (which must be completed in a continuous action).
  • The swimmer must touch the wall at each turn but leave the wall on the back
  • The swimmer must be on the back at the finish.
  • The swimmer must not be completely submerged, except for up to 15m after the start or turn.


  • The arms must be brought forward together over the water
  • The arms must be brought backward under the water simultaneously
  • The legs must be kicked together in an up and down movement (no alternating kick allowed).
  • The touch must be with both hands simultaneously at the turn and at the finish.


  • Freestyle means any stroke, except when it is the Freestyle part of Medley races (where it is usually Front Crawl)


  • In Backstroke, Butterfly and Freestyle some part of the body must be above the water at all times from 15 metres after the start and each turn.
  • Swimmers must not walk on the bottom of the pool.
  • Swimmers must touch the wall at each turn and at the finish.
  • Swimmers must not pull on lane ropes.

Individual Medley (IM)

  • Individual Medley means equal distances of Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Freestyle.
  • The strokes must be swum in the order listed above and rules must be followed for those strokes, including the finish of each stroke.
  • Freestyle must not be Butterfly, Backstroke or Breaststroke (it will usually be Front Crawl).

The Start

  • The start is signalled by short blasts of a whistle (get ready!) followed by one long blast of the whistle.
  • At this point the swimmer takes up the starting position on the block, pool edge or in the water if this is backstroke. For backstroke there is a second long blast of the whistle (hold the starting grips with both hands, facing the wall with feet on the wall).
  • The starter says ‘Take your Marks’ (take up starting position and keep still). When everyone is still the starter then sounds the starting signal. The swimmer must not move or start the race before the starting signal.
  • Swimmers not yet competent in forward-facing racing starts from the starting block or poolside may start in the water. They must enter the water on the long blast of the whistle and stay in contact with the side, rail or block with at least one hand until the start signal.

2019 Swim England South West

Swim England South West Competitions

SESW Regional Summer Championships
Results in Swimming > Competition Results > Details results

SESW Fast 5 Competition
This was held at GL1 pool in Gloucester on Sunday 7th July 2019

SESW Regional Relays Competition
This will be held on at Millfield School, Somerset on Sunday 22nd September 2019

SESW Winter Short Course Championships
These will be held on at Millfield School from Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd November 2019

Devon County ASA

DEVON DEVELOPMENTS - 8TH, 15TH & 16TH JUNE 2019 - See entry list below

The 2019 Development Events continue on 15th and 16th June at the Plymouth Life Centre.



Results for Developments 8th June and Devon Sprints 9th June see

Swimming > Competition Results > Detailed Results



  • Leagues

    Newton Abbot compete in the National Arena League in Western Division 1

    Newton Abbot also compete in a number of local leagues:

    • Cornwall and Devon Summer Swimming League
    • East Devon Mini League


  • Club Championships

    Newton Abbot Club Championships are open to all swimming squad members.

    There is no separate change for entry.

    They take place annually in the Autumn at Newton Abbot Leisure Centre.



  • Devon County

    Devon County ASA Competitions

    Championships and Age Groups (January thru March)

    Individuals (January thru February)

    Individuals require a qualifying time obtained since March of the previous year in a licensed meet.

    Relay Gala (Usually March)

    The Relay Gala comprises age group relays and is swum long course. Swimmers are selected for their Age Groups by the Head Coach and their selection confirmed via the Competition Secretary

    Inter Club Gala (usually March)

    The Inter Club Gala comprises individual and relay events between clubs affiliated to Devon County. Swimmers are selected by the Head Coach and their selection confirmed via the Competition Secretary

    Sprints Gala (usually June)

    This 50m sprint age group competition is for non-elite swimmers who did not compete in the sprints at the County Championships. Swimmers must compete in all four stroke disciplines.

    Development Galas (usually June)

    This age group competition is primarily for non-elite swimmers who are unable to qualify for the County Championships. Entry times and Cut-Off times apply and includes all events of 100m and above.

    Seniors and Masters (usually June)

    This competitions is unlicensed and is for 16+ Age Groups and registered Masters swimmers. This is now an open competition.


  • Regional

    Swim England South West Region includes Cornwall, Devon, Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset and Gloucestershire counties.

    Swimmers qualify for these regional competitions through Licensed Meets of level 3 and above in the year prior to the start of the competition.

    The Summer Championships are held Long Course whilst the Winter Championships are held Short Course.


  • Open Meets


    Supported Meets

    Here are upcoming Open Meets which have the support of the club and for which entries will usually be managed by the Open Meet Secretary, the email contact for whom may be found in the CONTACTS page. Other meets (e.g. Masters and Open Water) may be displayed with specific entry information managed by the event organisers. 


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