Parents & Carers

Without you, the parent, bringing your child to the pool for training or lessons there would be no club. So thank you!!

On this page are some pieces of advise/information that we think you may find useful. If there is anything else you'd like to see added then please let us know.

What equipment does my child need to bring to training?

Of course all swimmers need their swimming costume, a towel, swimming cap goggles and a water bottle, but there are a few more bits of kit to consider. It all depends on the lane they swim in. See a breakdown and where to buy kit on the Equipment Page

What are the expectations for training?

Firstly, arriving early is a must! The swimmers have reletively small amounts of pool time, so missing 5 or 10 minutes at the beginning of the session can drastically impair their development. Similarly, ensuring your child has the correct equipment (see the link above) is very important. If cost is an issue, please see Pete and we may be able to help out.

Lastly, the coaches spend a lot of time getting their qualifications, planning sessions and explaining techniques to the swimmers - so we simply ask that you let the coaches deal with that, and join us in encouraging the swimmers as much as possible (especially if they are having a bad day). We have a great, positive atmosphere at the club but that can easily be upset by one or two individuals with a negative attitude, so please just focus on the positives.

What happens on race day?

The first gala can be a daunting or nervous time for some swimmers, so it's always important to try and make the experience fun! We try to introduce our younger swimmers to galas at our club championships or Blue V's Yellow gala so they get the feel for the general protocol.

Every gala will have a designated warm up time, it is very important that your child is changed and on poolside at least 15 minutes before this warm-up time. Warm-ups are usually split into 2 groups by either age or gender. Once warm-up is over there is a short break before the racing starts. Each team will have one or more Team Managers who have the lists of which child is swimming what. As long as your child stays on poolside the team managers will make sure they are ready for their race.