Bathing Water Conference

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The following event is in Bristol but there are many keen swimmers in Pembrokeshire who might want to go. You will need to book for 

The Bathing Water Conference is an event organised by Surfers Against Sewage for communities to find out about applying for bathing water designation, with an opportunity to collaborate and network.

It’s 9.30am to 5pm on 11 November at Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Bristol BS1 5TX.

It’s billed as “a must-attend event for communities and individuals who want to protect their wild waters and find out about applying for bathing water designation, with a focus on inland waterways. The event will also be suitable for communities that have already submitted an application and are looking for some practical next steps.”

It’s free to attend but you need to book a place.


09:30 – 10:00

Attendees arrive – Registration, Tea & Coffee

10:00 – 10:15

Welcome – Giles Bristow, CEO at Surfers Against Sewage

10:15 – 10:45

Keynote Speaker – Becky Malby, Ilkley Clean River Group

10:45 – 11:45

Thinking of applying for bathing designation? What you need to know.

11:45 – 12:00


12:00 – 13:15

Who are your stakeholders and how to engage them to support your application.

13:15 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:00

Using Citizen Science to raise awareness of water quality issues.

15:00 – 15:15


15:15 – 16:30

How to run a bathing water campaign that represents your community.

16:30 – 17:15

What next? Ensuring bathing designation is a mechanism for change.

17:15 – 18:00

Networking and refreshments

SAS can cover transport costs for community attendees. Please contact for more information.

If you are travelling from farther afield and need help with accommodation the night before the event, contact

Kitty Parsons

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