Margate Swimming Club merged with Thanet Swim Club in August 2014
Margate Swimming Club was originally formed by an organisation called Margate and District Indoor Swimming Pool Association (MADISPA).

Betty Renz, a valued member of the club until closing in August 2014, was one of the founder members. The Association, in a bid to secure an indoor swimming pool, came up with the idea of teaching children to swim.

The first lesson was held at the Margate Lido on 2nd July 1968 at a cost of 10d for a two-hour lesson.

They continued to teach at the Lido for the next 4 summers until the council finally agreed to build an indoor pool. The money raised by the MADISPA was given to the council to help equip the new pool.

The original chairman’s wife designed the Margate SC logo and the team became known as the Margate Dolphins.

The Head coach for the majority of the club’s years of running was John White, who joined Thanet SC and became the Head Coach for the Junior Performance squad (formerly the Seahawks Juniors) for many years.

With two competitive clubs in the area, it was always a struggle to obtain suitable pool time. In August 2014, after many years of trying, Margate Swimming Club merged with Thanet Swim Club and became the Dolphin Squads. The Thanet Swim Squads were restructured in 2017 and the Dolphin Squads were renamed as the ‘Competitive’ Junior and Senior Squads.

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