Swimming is hugely popular around the world, and the successes of Britain’s swimmers in the Olympics and on the national stage have served to increase participation in this fully inclusive sport.

Competitive Swimming has become one of the giants of amateur athletics in the world and is recognised as the second most important Olympic sport behind track and field athletics. There are about 1800 swimming clubs in England with nearly 50,000 registered competitors aged 9 years and over. Of course each club has many more swimmers who do not yet compete.


Clubs vary considerably with some only catering for swimming teaching or for synchronised swimming, water polo, or diving.

Pentaqua caters purely for the teaching and competitive side of swimming.

The late 1960s saw a growth in competitive swimming as a result of the introduction of the age group. 

During the rise in age group swimming, 5 local swimming clubs realised that competitive swimming was not catered for in Lincoln.Through the Lincoln & District Swimming Association these 5 clubs laid the foundations of Lincoln Pentaqua which was formed in March 1972. The name Pentaqua coming from "pent" for the 5 clubs and "aqua" for water. Swimmers were invited to take part in a selection gala, the best of which were asked to join the new club. Initially Pentaqua was run by representatives of the 5 clubs, but in 1974 a new constitution was adopted. Pentaqua became independent and since then the club has become more and more successful in both teaching and competition, gaining a reputation that stretches the length of the country. The club's successes at the highest levels prompted the name change to City of Lincoln Pentaqua' to strengthen the link between the city and one of its top sporting organisations.