The Palmerston North Amateur Swimming Club is an incorporated society operating out of the Lido Aquatic Centre in Palmerston North.


The Club is run entirely by volunteers - our administrators and coaches all volunteer their time.  As a result our club fees are amoung the lowest in the country.


Our swimmers compete at local events, regional events and national events.

Our History

The Palmerston North Amateur Swimming Club was formed in January 1904 by Hector Kemp Swallow. When he founded the club he was 18 years old. The first recorded club night was on 16 January 1904 and was held at the Edwards Pool, on the corner of Princess and Main Streets.


In 1912 the Girls Section of the Club started and used the Peter Gray's Hole near the Gravel Pit in the Manawatu River. The Boys Section moved to the Boys High School Pool in Rangitikei Street.  


In 1918-19 the Club was responsible for forming the Manawatu Swimming Centre.


In 1925 the Municipal Swimming Baths were opened (behind the Opera House) and both Boys and Girls sections of the club came together for the first time. Activities were moved from there to the Lido complex in October 1966.


In 2004 the Club celebrated its Centennial with a re-enactment of the first carnival, a carnival for today’s swimmers and the unveiling of a plaque now in the foyer of the Lido Aquatic complex.


PNASC has maintained an archives book over the years.  This was recently donated to the City Archives, it has now been scanned and is available to view on line.  You can browse the PNASC archives book    HERE