Frequently Asked Questions
Will my child be told which sessions to attend?
Your child should be told which training group they should be in. Once they know this, every swimmer may attend any session they wish for their named group.
What happens if my child cannot make 2 or 3 sessions that week?
The club is encouraging swimmers to attend more sessions. If you cannot make these sessions for any reason, don’t worry. Swimmers will still pay the fixed monthly fees, set for their group, whether they attend 1, 2 or 3 sessions.
My child is in “learn to swim” group, but would like to attend 3 sessions each week
The sessions are structured according to the ability of the swimmers. Swimmers are placed in appropriate groups by their swimming teacher. Once the child has reached a certain level, the teacher will move them into the next group. If a child swims in a group not suited to their ability, they may find this difficult.
I would like to pay for only 1 session each week. Why has the club removed this option?
To be competitive it is important swimmers attend as much as possible. If you only wish to swim once a week and have no plan to increase this in the future, maybe swimming for a competitive swimming club is not the best option for you.
Does this mean children swimming once a week will be asked to leave the club?
No. Everyone is welcome to stay for as long as they wish. Maybe in the future your child would like to increase their attendance to more than once a week. The club is just trying to encourage swimmers to attend more sessions. We have done this by offering more training times to swimmers and reducing the cost per swim for swimmers attending more sessions.
How do we find out about the swimming galas?
The noticeboard, Facebook, website and Newsletter (new for December) are the methods of communication we have. Please make every effort to use these communication tools. We have over 300 swimmers in the club so would struggle to inform all swimmers of upcoming events.
When will my child be selected for team gala?
The coaches and teachers at the club will monitor your child’s progression. When we feel your child has the ability to compete against other clubs, we will approach you. If you child is selected, the team sheets are placed on the notice board, so please keep an eye out.
How can I help my child get selected for galas?
Attending as many sessions as possible is the best way to improve a swimmer and gain selection for a gala. Another great way to assess our swimmers is to compete in the internal galas. Any swimmer can enter these galas regardless of their ability. All races are timed, and we can use these times to assess the current ability of each swimmer.
How can we enter open meet galas?
There are various levels of open meet galas and some are more suited to swimmers new to these events than others.
Entry to these galas is usually limited to 9 years and above and some have minimum entry times. The club aims is to provide all swimmers with the ability to compete at the highest level possible. Open meet galas are highly competitive and the swimming is of a high standard.
If you would like to enter, please speak to your coach to discuss further.
Every swimmer needs to be category 2 registered. Please contact Ross Carruthers, the open meet gala organiser, for further information.