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Formerly known as the Army Swimming Association and the Army Swimming Union (ASU) the Army Aquatics Union (AAU) was formed in 1920 to manage the Army as a whole, Regular and Reserve, for all aquatic sporting activities.

The following disciplines that the ASU represent are:
– Diving (Since 1920)
– Open Water Swimming (Since 1923)
– Pool Swimming (Since 1920)
– Water Polo (Since 1920)

Proud of all the amazing achievements from Army Aquatics, such as the Army Ladies Swimming team who won the UK Armed Forces Sports Team of the year in 2017, the AAU competes in all disciplines and has recently supported swimmers in the World Masters Games Auckland New Zealand 2017 and the European Masters Games Turin 2019, where the Army Swimming Masters were recognised for being the most successful Army Sport.

For official documentation and more information on upcoming events, please see the AAU Defence Connect Site.


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  • Chair – Brig P Bassingham-Searle
  • Operations Manager – Maj (Retd) Stu Irving
  • Assistant Operations Manager – Mrs Anna Ford
  • Masters Manager – CoH Collette Fear
  • Inter-Corps Championship Secretary
  • Diving Manager – SSgt Chris Taylor
  • Swimming Manager – Maj M Roberts
  • Open Water Swimming Manager – Lt Col Catherine Jardine
  • Water Polo Men’s Team Manager – Maj Nick Covington
  • Water Polo Women’s Team Manager