1. Can my child come along for a trial session?
Yes we provide trial sessions for those wishing to join the club. This gives an opportunity for the club coach to assess which part of the club would be best for the swimmers and also the chance for swimmers and parents to ask questions before they seek formal entry.
2. Are the coaches/teachers qualified and DBS checked?
Yes – all coaches, teachers and poolside helpers are suitable qualified and subject to DBS checks. We also carry out DBS checks on those helping with children e.g. team managers at galas and committee members.
3. Does my child have to share changing facilities with adult swimmers?
The facilities provided at the training venues are public communal changing facilities and as such are used by both adults and children. Some training sessions take place alongside public sessions. We ask parents to ensure younger swimmers do not use communal changing areas at the same time as older swimmers. There are a number of individual cubicles available.
4. When do training sessions take place and how much will I have to pay?
Full details of our sessions and charges can be found on the fees section.
5. What equipment do we need to buy?
The club induction pack can be found on the website and contains details of equipment needed.
6. What is the line of progression through the club?
Our development swimmers move through pre-determined levels 8, 9 and 10. The requirements for these are set out on our website and assessment is ongoing by the coaches. Awards are made yearly at the Annual Presentation Evening which is usually held in July. Progression to competitive swimming is based on age, ability, attendance and behavior as assessed by the coaches. Assessment is ongoing and parents can discuss progress with the coaches at any time however, parents should not approach coaches whilst they are on poolside and involved in training sessions.
7. Is there first aid available if required and are staff trained?
Yes, all training venues have appropriate first aid equipment and staff trained in appropriate use.
8. When is my child likely to be involved in competitions?
In England current rules generally require a swimmer to be 9 years of age before they can complete in standard galas. The club participates in the N&D Junior League which permits 8 year olds to swim and there are occasional Invitational Galas where 8 year olds may be able to swim. In all cases the coach will assess the swimmers ability to compete and discuss this with parents prior to a first gala.
9. Does the club have social events?
Yes and we welcome volunteers to arrange these. We try to run a number of differing event types across the year and we have an Annual Presentation Evening where awards are presented.
10. Who should my child or I speak to if we have any questions or concerns?
The club secretary or chair should be the first port of call but all members of the committee will be happy to help with questions or concerns.The Club has a Welfare officer who can be contacted should the need arise.
11. What should I do if I am concerned about my child’s safety, well being or behaviour?
The Club has a Management Team and an appointed Welfare Officer to help in such situations. Ask to speak with any of them and explain your concerns, all concerns will be taken seriously and will be followed up.