Some history about club names
The Balmain Amateur Swimming Club is probably the longest operating sporting club in Australia. We think it most definitely is, books have been published about this, and we would love a historian to fact check this.
Over the past 137 years, we have been registered as the Balmain Amateur Swimming and Life Saving Club and the Balmain Amateur Swimming and Water Polo Club – always the one club since 1884ish. The club sporting activities have been swimming, diving, lifesaving and water polo – and always at the historic harbour pool at Whitehorse Point Balmain (Dawn Fraser Baths).
Since 2018, the registered name of the club has been Balmain Water Polo Club Inc and we are going through an administrative process to change the name back to Balmain Amateur Swimming and Water Polo Club Inc. The cross over and connection between the Swimming and Water Polo activities are significant.
Once this has happened, we will be able to affiliate and register swimmers and supporters with Swimming NSW.
Until we have completed this, we are running registrations through the Balmain Water Polo Club website and the affiliation (and insurance for swim club) will be under Water Polo Australia.
Registrations are open from February 2022
Each of the following links will take you to the Balmain Water Polo Club (BWPC) website. Many of you involved with club water polo will be familiar with this process.
We have set up 4 registration classes. Click on the relevant link below to register for each swimmer and non-swimmer. You can only access these registration links from this page.
This will take you to the Balmain Water Polo Club registration page and you will have to click on the [NEW MEMBER] or [RETURNING MEMBER] button:
If you are already registered as a Balmain Water Polo Club player, then do not register. Congratulations! You are already registered and a financial member. Let us know at the pool or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make sure you are part of the Swim Club
If you have never registered with Balmain Water Polo Club (as a player, or friend/supporter) then click on [NEW MEMBER]
If you have registered with Balmain Water Polo club in a previous season or you tried the step above and it did not work then try [RETURNING MEMBER]
Some quick points before you register
Swimmers and Non-swimmers will have to register – we require this for membership and insurance reasons. No register = No swim or No BBQ.
There is a modest charge to cover medals, equipment and to ensure you are a financial members of the club and for tomato sauce (apparently this is a significant cost in running the BBQ)
Any junior swimmers must be linked to a registered parent/carer
We have set up February 2022 as 'free come and try' swim meets but from March 2022 all swimmers will have to be registered
If you are already registered as a player with Balmain Water Polo Club then you are a financial Swim Club member. Speak to us and we will update our records for Swim Club
If you are otherwise registered with Balmain Water Polo Club (Tiger Parent, Golden TIger, Coach, Manger, etc) then lets us know at the pool and we will sort out the best steps to register for Swim Club
You can use the same email address for each registration
We can link multiple registrations as a 'family' – this can make it easier to manage
The registration affiliates you as a Water Polo Australia and Water Polo NSW supporter – this results in many mandatory registration fields that are beyond our control. Many of you who play water polo or have family playing will have dealt with this already.
Problems with Registration?
If you are having problems registering and paying online (it is not always a simple process, but the operation of the BWPC membership portal and payment process is beyond our control) then please contact email@example.com.
We will try to make this process easier and have iPads at Swim Club to help - you can register on Saturday afternoons at the pool.
Ready to register?
When you register, by selecting one of the options above, you will be taken to the Balmain Water Polo Club registration portal. There are a few steps to this and you will have a registration screen like the one below – albeit with 9 steps!