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Warringah Amateur Swimming Association is tasked with the development and promotion of swimming on the Northern Beaches in Sydney.

We have 16 swimming clubs affiliated with us.

During the season we hold our District Championships and Peninsula Challenge meets at Warringah Aquatic Centre. We also hold a Handicap Meet at one of the Rock Pools.

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  • 2019 WASA Scholarships Open for Application

    The Warringah Amateur Swimming Association 2018 Swimming Scholarships are open for application

    In 2019, we are offering the following Swimming Scholarships, detailed below:

    • The Dick Gallie Memorial Scholarship
    • Up to four Warringah Amateur Swimming Association Winter Training Scholarships
    • Five Northern Beaches Council Awards comprising Entry Passes to the Warringah Aquatic Centre to be issued in conjunction with training with Big Blue

    Applications close on Friday 19 April 2019


  • Head Above Water 24hr Swimathon

    Collaroy 24 hour Swim
    When: Mar 16, 9:00 AM – Mar 17, 9:00 AM
    Where: Collaroy Beach Rockpool

    The swimathon will raise funds and awareness for mental health initiatives on the Northern Beaches.  Register your team via https://www.headabovewater.com.au/

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5 days ago

Warringah Amateur Swimming Association

Warringah Aquatic Centre will be closed for essential maintenance starting on Friday 19 April and will reopen Monday 29 April.

We apologise for any inconvenience.
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7 days ago

Warringah Amateur Swimming Association

Don't miss the 3pm online cut off
Late entries tomorrow at registration $10 more
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2 weeks ago

Warringah Amateur Swimming Association

Dee Why rock pool in the 1920's

Dee Why’s public baths were originally formed by nature, before finding its current form, writes John Morcombe of The Manly Daily.

Rock pools are not unique to Sydney but for many they are an important part of seaside living.

One of the most popular is the pool at Dee Why, due to its size, aspect, facilities and proximity to shops.

But the Dee Why rock pool is also significant due to the input from the local community to its formation and subsequent development.

While most rock pools were built by councils following lobbying by local residents, the Dee Why pool in was largely the product of local organisations.

The first pool was created by nature in the form of a broad shallow basin in the rock shelf south of what is now the main pool.

The basin is known as the Bogey Hole, although heritage consultants in the 1990s referred to it as the first beginners’ pool.

The first man-made pool at Dee Why was excavated by members of Dee Why surf club.

According to the club’s history: “Following a general meeting on February 14, 1915, a swimming basin committee was formed. Then, one week later, members began to dig a basin on the site where the pool is today.”

The pool was about 5m square.

According to the club’s history: “In 1919, the fledgling surf club approached Warringah Council with a proposition to make the pool larger, at an initial cost of £147. On completion, it was closer to £192, a princely sum at the time.

“The pool was now 110ft (33.5m) long and was opened by Ellison Quirk, then president of Warringah Shire Council.”

What isn’t clear is who undertook the work, for which the council sought tenders in April 1919 and again in September.

Nor is it clear who paid for the work, although the surf club certainly contributed some money and it was the surf club that invited councillors to the opening of the extended pool in December 1919. From that date on, information about further development of the pool complex is sparse.

What is clear is the input of the Dee Why Improvement League, which contributed significant funds for the improvement of facilities at Dee Why.

Each year, usually from Boxing Day to New Year’s Day, the league hosted carnivals on the reserve behind the beach that raised about £2000 between the 1923-24 carnival and the 1930-31 carnival – all of which was allocated to the rock pool, the seawall, the dressing sheds and kiosks at Dee Why Beach, Dee Why Park and Stony Range Reserve.

Some of the money appears to have been used to construct a low concrete wall across the rock platform north of the main pool to “catch” waves breaking over the rock platform and funnel the fresh water into the main pool.

Some of the money was spent building a large
pool for children immediately west of the existing pool, which was formally opened on October 6, 1930.

Heritage consultants in the 1990s called the new pool the second beginners’ pool to differentiate it from the Bogey Hole.

During the 1930s, Warringah Council got money from the State Government to undertake works to provide unemployment relief and some of it was used to upgrade the main pool by lengthening it to 50m and widening it to 21m.

Another work undertaken in the mid-1930s was the deepening of the Bogey Hole by constructing low stone walls around it to retain more water.

The most unusual element of the rock pool complex is what the council calls the stilling pool.

The stilling pool is at the eastern end of the main pool and absorbs some of the impact of waves rolling across the rock platform towards the main pool in heavy seas.

There is a rectangular chute under the walkway connecting the stilling pool with the main pool, while stainless steel grates at both ends of the chute prevent anyone being dragged through the chute.

But no one knows when the stilling pool was built.

In 1973, the council built a new pool for children, which the heritage consultants in the 1990s called the third beginners’ pool.

The new pool is immediately west of the main pool and effectively buried the eastern part of the second beginners’ pool, which by then was no longer usable.

Of the five elements of the Dee Why rock pool complex, four remain – the Bogey Hole, the stilling pool, the main pool and the third beginners’ pool – while all that remains of the second beginners’ pool are a few blocks of concrete rubble strewn around the rock shelf west of the other pools.
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Good luck to all our swimmers this afternoon at our final swim meet of the season. Warm up is 4.00 for a 4.30 start. See you at the WAQ. Meet timeline is available here: www.warringahswimming.asn.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/pen-2-timeline.pdf and programme here: www.warringahswimming.asn.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/pen-2-meet-programme.pdf ... See MoreSee Less

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4 weeks ago

Warringah Amateur Swimming Association

AROUND THE BENDS SWIM (Newport to Avalon)
Sunday 14th April 8am
Newport Beach start
Register now!
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