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Club History


Swimming is hugely popular around the world, and the successes of Britain’s swimmers in the Olympics and on the national stage have served to increase participation in this fully inclusive sport.


Competitive Swimming has become one of the giants of amateur athletics in the world and is recognised as the second most important Olympic sport behind track and field athletics. There are about 1800 swimming clubs in England with nearly 50,000 registered competitors aged 9 years and over. Of course, each club has many more swimmers who do not yet compete.


Clubs vary considerably with some only catering for swimming teaching or for synchronised swimming, water polo, or diving.


Pentaqua caters for the competitive swimmer and links directly with the Pentaqua Swim Academy who provide learn to swim lessons. The club also welcomes athletes from disciplines such as Triathlon, Biathlon, Open Water Swimming etc. and will work with individuals to improve the swimming element of their disciplines.


The late 1960s saw a growth in competitive swimming as a result of the introduction of the age group swimming competitions. 


During the rise in age group swimming, 5 local swimming clubs realised that competitive swimming was not catered for sufficiently in Lincoln. Through the Lincoln & District Swimming Association, these 5 clubs laid the foundations of Lincoln Pentaqua which was formed in March 1972.


The name Pentaqua coming from "pent" for the 5 clubs and "aqua" for water. Swimmers were invited to take part in a selection gala, the best of which were asked to join the new club.


Initially, Pentaqua was run by representatives of the 5 clubs, but in 1974 a new constitution was adopted. Pentaqua became independent and since then the club has become successful in both teaching and competition. It has gained a reputation that stretches the length of the country and the club has had successes at the highest levels which prompted the name change to City of Lincoln Pentaqua to strengthen the link between the city and one of its top sporting organisations.


Our swimmers and coaches have progressed through the club to achieve in the world of aquatics. Pentaqua swimmers have been on the podium at major sporting events including the Olympics, and our coaching team has been involved at the highest levels of the sport and is passionate about using the latest scientific research to enhance the training programme and provide swimmers with the best opportunity to achieve their full potential. 



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