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.
Can Improvers' join any time?
Yes. We place children in the group appropriate to their ability. We treat and progress all children as individuals and not as a group.
What standard do swimmers need to have achieved to join the improvers' programme?
Broadly speaking, swimmers will need to demonstrate the ability to swim a minimum of 25 metres continuously and be able to perform two different strokes.
What equipment is needed?
We provide pool equipment for children but swimmers will need goggles and swimming hats to aid confidence and efficiency in the water. Once children begin training there is a list of required equipment. The Club runs a swim shop on Friday evenings where equipment is available at a discount price.
How do children progress?
We have adopted the Waterskills award scheme that provides clear guidance on what children need to achieve before progressing. Although we do assess children regularly this is done as part of the lesson and children are not placed under pressure at any stage.
Why do all the ages of each stage overlap?
No two children are the same and will progress at different rates. It is true that children who start swimming early have an advantage but swimmers who join at the upper end of the age ranges can and do catch up very quickly.
What is early competitive training?
This is the first stage of becoming a competitive swimmer. Swimmers will gradually increase their time in the water, enter club competitions or compete for the club.
My child is a little older and wants to join the club but does not want to compete. What should I do?
We are first and foremost a competitive swimming club and base our sessions around this. Many, many swimmers join the club who did not intend to swim competitively but have gone on to become outstanding swimmers. If you are not sure that competitive swimming is your thing then why not at least give it a try? Remember that there are other clubs based in the Leisure Centre that may be just what you're looking for.
Why isn't there a telephone number on your website?
Our experience is that people who have access to our website are more than happy to send E-Mail enquiries and ask further questions to our contact addresses. We have found that there is no substitute for coming to the pool and seeing our swimming sessions in action to see if it meets your expectations.
If I come to the pool will you be able to assess my child straight away?
We do our very best to assess swimmers on their first visit. However, it is possible that you may be given an appointment for another time so that we can make sure your child can have a full assessment by one of our qualified coaches.
Will you be able to give me a place straight away?
We do our very best to fit swimmers in but we do have limited spaces available. We give priority to swimmers already within the club programme and there are occasions where you may be placed on a waiting list while existing club swimmers complete their progression. If you are placed on a waiting list we will hold your details and contact you if a place becomes available. There may even be occasions where we are unable to take your details if the prospect of a place becoming available is small.
What order do you call swimmers from the waiting list?
Places do not become available in a set order and therefore we call swimmers as and when vacancies occur. This means that swimmers are not called from the lists in any specific order. In addition, we must ensure that we have a fair spread of age groups within the club to ensure a sound competitive base.
Payment for Sessions
In addition to session payments we charge a joining fee to help cover the costs of enrolling you as a member of the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) which provides mandatory insurance cover – this fee is then payable once a year in January. Payment for sessions are due on joining or at the beginning of each quarter (January, April, July and September) and are payable at the Club desk in the main foyer (Friday evenings only). Fees for single sessions are set annually at or below similar Local Authority schemes. Full payment details are provided when you enrol with the club.