History

Ruislip-Northwood Swimming Club originated in the late 1950's and over the years rapidly grew into a very large club, incorporating all sections of water sports. Competitive swimming, learn-to-swim, masters, diving, sub aqua, life saving, synchro, snorkel and social swimming were all part of the same club. In 1987 the competitive swimming section along with the learn-to-swim, revised their constitution and finances and independently registered with the ASA and together were renamed Ruislip-Northwood Swim Squad.

Hillingdon Borough Swimming Club (HBSC) was formed in the early 1990s by the feeder clubs of Forward Hillingdon, SeaByrds and Ruislip-Northwood Swim Squad to provide an elite training squad. Members of HBSC retained membership of their feeder club but trained with HBSC. In 2006 HBSC closed and its swimmers became the Hillingdon Borough Elite Swimming Team (H.B.E.S.T.), hosted by Ruislip-Northwood Swim Squad.  

In December 2007, Ruislip-Northwood Swim Squad changed its name to Hillingdon Swimming Club in recognition of its Borough wide activities.

Hillingdon Swimming Club is currently organised into 2 houses, Ruislip-Northwood Swim Squad (RNSS) and the Hillingdon Borough Elite Swimming Team (HBEST).

RNSS hold their main Friday Club night at Highgrove Swimming Pool in Ruislip. Highgrove Pool was opened in the 1970's and underwent a thorough refurbishment in 2012. Highgrove is a 33 metre pool, which is a great bonus as a training pool - the extra length helping our younger swimmers gain confidence and stamina. However, the fact that it is neither a 'Short' nor 'Long' Course pool, means that it is now unsuitable as a venue for hosting Galas.

HBEST are based at Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex, which is the home to a 50 metre pool that was opened by Boris Johnson, Mayor of London in March 2010.
HBEST train weekly in the pool at its 50 metre capacity (as do the RNSS swimmers heading for HBEST), but will usually train in the pool at its 25 metre length. The 50 metre pool is an excellent facility meaning that Hillingdon Swimming Club can host sought after Long Course Events.

Alongside the 50 metre indoor pool is an incredible 67 metre outdoor lido - restored and then reopened in 2010 to its former 1930's Art Deco glory, complete with a row of oudoor changing cubicles beside it and the original working fountains.

And when, in the summertime the Hillingdon swimmers are training for their early morning swim sessions in the indoor 50 metre pool, there are usually Hillingdon residents starting their day with an early morning dip in the outdoor pool too.

For more information on the refurbishment of the outdoor pool and some great photos click here

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