Blackpool Lights – Entry Details Released

The entry details for the 2019 Blackpool Lights gala have been released. The event takes place on Sat 26th and Sun 27th of October at Palatine Leisure centre, Blackpool.

The event has lower and upper qualifying times so swimmers need to ensure their times fall within these bandings. Entries from swimmers with times below the lower times or above the upper times will be rejected.

As this is a popular gala we require all entries to be submitted to Seamus by Friday 31st August (a week before the official opening date ) to ensure we have the necessary admin completed. Entries to the gala are on a first come first served basis so we are looking to submit Dolphin entries as soon as the window opens.

Consideration times, entry forms and details can be found HERE on the ‘Forthcoming Galas’ page – (Lights is the second gala on the list!)

As per the advice in the newsletter Mike is keen swimmers do not over compete, therefore he is advising swimmers doing a number of events at the North Lancs level 2 meet earlier in the month to not enter Lights.


Due to reduced pool and coach availability prior to our summer break we need to make the following changes:

Sun 21stTraining as normal
Mon 22ndTraining as normal
Tue 23rd Training as normal
Wed 24thStonyhurst Closed due to a gala.
Training for Stonyhurst swimmers now at
Daisyfield Pool in Blackburn 7.45 – 9.30pm
Thurs 25thRibblesdale training (Dolphins) – on as normal.
Stonyhurst Closed due to a gala.
All Stonyhurst training is CANCELLED
Fri 26thTraining as normal Stonyhurst
Invite extended to all D2 swimmers for this session
Sat 27th Both Pool and Land training are CANCELLED

We are sorry for any inconvenience caused but these changes are due to matters outside of our control.

Entries Now Open for North Lancs Level 2 Championships

The qualification times have now been released for the North Lancs Level 2 Gala/Championships which is held at Palatine Leisure Centre in Blackpool. The gala spans two weekends 28th & 29th Sept and 19th & 20th October, and is open to swimmers who have achieved the minimum qualifying times between 1st Set 2018 and 13th Sept 2019.

Qualification times must have been achieved at a licensed meet, so times obtained at micro or swim league meets and coaches training times are not admissible. It is advised that all swimmers check their personal bests, as a number of swimmers have obtained qualification times at the galas we have already attended this year!

Entry details can be found on the Forthcoming Galas section.

Swimmers personal bests can be found on British Swimming’s, swim times website.

Age groups are based on the swimmers age as at the 20th Oct 2019. If you have queries or require help interpreting entry times please contact [email protected]

Cancelled Sessions & Rotherham Warm Up Times

Please can we remind swimmers that due to the Rotherham Metro gala this weekend at Ponds Forge, the following sessions are cancelled:

D1 Session Friday 5th July 2019 @ Stonyhurst (6-8pm)
Both Pool and Land Training Sat 6th July 2019  @ Ribblesdale & Stonyhurst (7-9.45am)
D1 & D2 Session Sunday 7th July 2019 @ Ribblesdale. (7-8pm)

**** Please note swimmers who aren’t swimming at Rotherham who would be able to swim this session, can join the earlier session at 5.30pm-7pm***

The Dolphins (4.45 -5.30pm) and D3 (5.30-7pm) sessions on Sunday are on as normal.

Rotherham warm-up times
Details for the weekends schedule of events is available on the link below. Warm up starts at 8am.

Good luck to all swimmers taking part!!!!

Pioneer Shrimps Gala Cancelled

We are sorry to announce that due to internal issues, Pioneer 79 have had to cancel their Shrimps gala scheduled for Sunday 7th July. We will of course refund all entry fees paid and can only apologize for any inconvenience caused.

We are looking for other suitable alternatives which we will announce when we have finalised them.

Gutsy performances from Swim League and Micro teams

Hampered by bank holiday weekend absences and some tough opposition our brave Dolphins put in some good performances at this weekends micro league and swim league meetings. On Saturday our Swim League team came 8th with a number of our younger Dolphins swimming up age groups against some older and more experienced swimmers. Whilst on Sunday our microleague team came 4th having suffered a number of disqualifications. It was however a great learning curve for our swimmers who did so well.


Sat 1st June – Swim League

1st Preston A – 243pts, 2nd Blackpool – 227pts, 3rd Carnforth – 222pts, 4th Leyland A – 209pts, 5th Pioneer 79 – 138pts, 6th Kendal – 123pts, 7th Chorley – 108pts, 8th Clitheroe – 89pts

Sun 2nd June – Microleague

1st Chorley Marlins 128pts, 2nd Prescot 126, 3rd Leyland Barracudas B – 123pts, 4th Clitheroe Dolphins – 92pts

Alterations to Training Times – Sun 26th May 2019

Due to the bank holiday weekend, low numbers and coach availability, training this Sunday will be altered to bring forward the D2 & D1 sessions from the 7-8pm slot to the earlier 5.30-7pm slot, meaning D2&D1 get an extra half hour.

Therefore the schedule for this Sunday is as follows:

Dolphins : 4.45-5.30pm

D1, D2, and D3 – 5.30pm to 7pm