At Piranha, we offer a variety of training sessions for both the advanced swimmer and the novice swimmer. So it doesn't matter if you are a beginner swimmer or have been in the pool all your life, Piranha has you covered! In fact, we have three different training levels:


  • Swim 3 is for those who would like to improve their technique. With us, you will learn the basics of all strokes. In addition, you build up your condition in this group. 

  • Swimming 2 is for those who have a reasonable technique, but would like to improve their speed and fitness. In addition, a number of these swimmers participate in the national championships for students (NSZK). 

  • Swim 1 is intended for fast and experienced swimmers. They participate more often in tournaments and competitions. There are also some who participate in NKs. 


Besides the training sessions, we also participate fanatically in the Dutch student competition throughout the Netherlands (NSZKs), in which besides our own members many other student swimmers join. The perfect way to get to know even more enthusiastic swimmers! These competitions are individual and in groups. There is also a party attached to this competition, to make it a fun weekend! 

Also, once every 2 years we organize one of these competitions in the outdoor pool at the UT and about 400 swimmers from all over the Netherlands come to Enschede. 

The ZwemCie usually organizes at least four activities per year and after the training, you can often find us at the outdoor pool for fun. We also organize a four-day swimming event every year. 


Do you have any questions or would you like to join us for a training session? Send us an email at: zwemcie@zpv-piranha.nl



At Piranha there are three swimming training sessions per week. In these training sessions we work on fitness and swimming technique. The trainers make use of predetermined training schedules and work towards the matches. The training is given on two levels, namely:

  • Swimming 1: this includes swimmers who have a number of years of experience. They master the technique and have already swum competitions, for example. The training mainly consists of fitness training, but of course attention is also paid to swimming technique.

  • Swimming 2: during the training sessions for this group, a lot of attention is paid to swimming technique. The group consists of novice swimmers who have little or no experience. If you have all mastered the technique, you can move on to swimming 1. In swimming 2, the intention is that you can already swim.

From the beginning of May to the middle of September, the training sessions are organized at the Bram Boes Buitenbad at the University of Twente. In the summer months this 25-meter pool is the home of Piranha where we have our own kiosk, among other things. During the winter season (September to May), training takes place at two locations: the Slagman and the indoor pool in the sports center of the University of Twente. The training schedule can be found in the agenda on the website.

Swim trainers

At Piranha we have a number of trained swim trainers who provide the training. Should it happen that they cannot give training, then there are experienced swimmers who can take over the training, so that no swimming training is canceled. Head coach: Mathijs Brandhorst trainer: Margriet Simmerling


If you would like to come and train at ZPV Piranha, that is possible. You can always come by during one of our training courses or send an email to zwcie@zpv-piranha.nl


NS (Z) K's

Every year, swimmers from Piranha participate in Dutch Student Swimming Competitions (NSZKs). In this competition, all student swimming associations compete for the title “Best student swimming association in the Netherlands”. The NSZKs often cover a whole weekend, because of course the performance is not the most important thing in these swimming competitions, but that is of course the fun. Although the match always takes place on a Saturday, an NSZK weekend already starts on Friday evening with a pre-drink. At this drink you can enjoy a drink at your leisure and the bonds can be tightened with other swimming clubs. After a nice drink, we sleep with a swimmer from the organizing city and, because the competition often starts in the afternoon, you can sleep in. The game will take place on the Saturday afternoon after, with the Piranhas always representing themselves well. If it is not the performance, our association song will be played out loud. After each match, there is dinner together and a big party takes place which can last until the early hours. Every party has its own theme and of course we as Piranha do our best to come up with the most creative outfit possible every time. The next day, after a simple breakfast, we take the train back to Enschede and the remaining time is used to recover from the weekend.


In addition to the four NSZKs that are held annually, there is also an NSK Swimming every year. Where NSZKs compete in a competition, the NSK is intended for individual performance. In this match there are always Piranhas who join the fight for the medals and they do that not without merit.


More information about NS (Z) K's can be found at www.stichtingnszk.nl


Other competitions

At Piranha it is also possible to participate in other competitions. Piranha is a member of the starting community of the NSZK Foundation, which makes it possible to swim on NKs, among other things. It is also possible to come out via Piranha at lower levels or at open water competitions. If you want more information about this, you can contact the Zwemcie. In addition to all the above competitions, internal competitions, such as the club championships, are occasionally organized by the Zwemcie,