All swimmers swim on Club Night from our youngest swimmers in Learn to Swim through to our oldest adult members. Swimmers are then able to add further sessions at the invitation of the Head Coach.
Learn to Swim Age 5 to 7
Halesowen Swimming Club has run a Learn to Swim scheme since the Learner Pool facility was first opened in 1974 and has taught thousands of local children to swim.
Improving Swimmers Age 6 to 9
Improving swimmers age 6 to 9 will continue to develop their skills through the higher levels of the Waterskills programme in widths sessions in the main pool. Swimmers will either join this programme by progressing from our Learn to Swim scheme or, if entering directly, by being assessed by one of our qualified coaches. The foundation of swimming skills will continue to be developed and swimmers will be given opportunities to take part at competitions within the club. Towards the end of the Waterskills programme swimmers may be asked to increase the number of their swimming sessions to speed improvements as part of pre-competitive training.
Competitive Swimming Age 8 to 10
Swimmers from age 8 and above will have completed the Waterskills programme and their skills will be sufficiently developed to begin training for competitive swimming. Swimmers at this level may also enter the programme directly after being assessed by one of our qualified coaches. At this time swimmers will be training twice a week or more and aiming to represent the club at competition or to achieve County standards.
Competitive Swimming Age 11+
At around the age of 11 or 12 swimmers will increase their training levels further and have begun a land-based programme to complement their swimming. Swimmers can still enter the programme directly after an assessment by one of our qualified coaches but will be expected to commit to the competitive programme. Competitive swimmers within the club should be aiming to represent the Club at competition and be aiming for County standards or higher.
Competitive Swimming Age 13+
Swimmers from age 13 and above will be swimming at least three times or more each week and be attending our land-based training programme. Swimmers may still join the programme but it is likely that these will be from a competitive swimming background. Senior competitive swimmers should be aiming to represent the club at competition and be at least at County standard or higher.
Adults & Masters Swimming
Adult swimmers age 18+ can join the club at any time and can swim in recreational graded lane sessions on Mondays and Fridays from 9.15pm to 10.15pm at Halesowen Leisure Centre.
Adult swimmers age 18+ no longer in competitive training sessions can join our Masters sessions. In addition to sessions on Monday and Friday, Masters can also swim on Thursdays at Halesowen Leisure Centre from 9pm to 10pm. These may be swimmers already within the club or those joining directly. Masters swimmers can continue to train up to and well beyond retirement age.
For anybody interested in adult and masters swimming we recommend coming to the pool to view these sessions to see if these meet your needs. There will be club representatives at the pool to answer any questions you may have about joining.