The Club was founded in 1927 when a group of swimmers met in the ‘Northsea Arms’ at Stamshaw, ironically not far away from our present ‘Home’ at The Mountbatten Centre, and decided to form a Swimming Club, which they called Northsea SC. The name was then altered to Portsmouth Northsea Swimming Club some years later.
Since that time the Club has gone from a modest start to being one of the top clubs in the country. Many of its past members have been selected for international representation at junior and senior level including competing at Olympic Games. In addition, we have provided coaching staff and physiotherapists to the Great Britain and England Teams. Our most notable success’s to date are Gemma Spofforth who in 2009 was crowned World Champion in the 100 metres Backstroke and Katy Sexton who was crowned World Champion in 2003 for the 200 metres Backstroke and was awarded an MBE in the 2004 New Year’s Honours.
To provide the depth of talent we have is no coincidence and the Club runs a very successful Learn to Swim Programme in a number of locations throughout Portsmouth, taking children from the age of three and following the national swim teaching plan and teaching them basic water skills and providing the opportunity for these youngsters to move into the competitive side of the Club.
To provide competitions for our members, we run Club Championships each year as well as host four very popular Open Meet competitions where other clubs will enter. The professionalism and dedication of the Club has seen one of these, the Easter Swim Festival, become one of the premier swim events for age group and youth swimming in the country. For many years, Portsmouth Northsea has competed in the National Speedo/now Arena League Final, having won the southern region competition many times. This is one of the top competitions for club swimmers and we have won the trophy three times and been runner up on the other occasions.
In 2009 we moved from our well established long term home of Victoria baths in Portsmouth to a brand new 8 lane 50m pool at The Mountbatten Centre, Alexandra Park, Portsmouth whereby the Club can only go from strength to strength and maintain our position as the Premier Swim Club in the South of England.