Reading Swimming Club was formed in 1885
and is a member of Swim England South East Region and in
the Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire County
We offer a structured teaching programme,
squad training and competition from within the club up through
county and regional level, with a rising number of swimmers
competing at national level.
Reading Swimming Club is
SwimMark accredited. SwimMark
is Swim England's benchmark for
athlete-centred, safe and effective environments,
allowing swimmers to achieve their full potential within the
principles of long term athlete development.
The Club Handbook, Policies and Procedures
of Reading Swimming Club can be found in
RSC Club Documents
Swimming lessons at Reading Swimming Club
Swim England Learn to Swim Framework We offer
children aged three
and a half upwards at the following schools -
Kendrick, Highdown and Sonning Common. Our Swim
England qualified teachers are assisted by enthusiastic
helpers some of whom are swimmers in our club squads.
As part of our safeguarding strategy, we require
everyone working in a teaching/coaching role to be DBS checked
and have undergone 'approved' safeguarding training. This is
standard practice and is in line with legislation and
Many swimmers join our club development
squads from the teaching programme; others come via
GLL's Better Swim School or private
swim schools and clubs.
Are you new to the area, swimming
locally and want to try your hand at a broader range of
events? Our youngest competitors are around nine, and have
moved through the squad pathway until leaving the programme and
swimming at university.
Progression through the squads is based on
careful assessment by the coaching team. Training starts at two
hours a week and tops out at just under 20, calling at all points
Our Masters section caters for all
abilities, from former swimmers returning to the pool to swim
socially to national champions. We also offer lessons
for adult beginners and improvers.
We run the only team in Berkshire and
South Buckinghamshire and compete in two
We train at several pools in and
around Reading including Rivermead, Bradfield College
and South Reading Leisure Centre and Crosfields
School. Our top squad have a weekly session at the
Olympic-length Garrison Pool in Aldershot.
The Executive Committee, elected at the AGM
every year, manages the organisation and running of the club. The
members are: the chair, vice-chair, secretary, assistant secretary,
membership secretary, assistant membership secretary, treasure,
assistant treasurer, welfare officer, liaison officer, trophies
officer, 2 meets coordinators (home and away), Website and
communications, medical advisor, sponsorship coordinator, swim21
coordinator. All the committee members are
Won't it take
over my child's life?
Only if you want it to - don't believe
nonsense about club swimming automatically being a pressurised
environment! Probably more than most sports, it is true that the
more you put in, the more you get out – and if you want to go
all the way we can offer you up to 10 sessions a week and
competitions at some of the country's top pools – but we
understand fully that this isn't for everyone. We take just as much
pride in a 10-year-old swimming PBs in his/her first meet as we do
in a national champion. Many of our swimmers also take in another
sport, or more than one, and we also have several talented
musicians in our ranks. Many older teenagers maintaining other
interests scale down their training stay involved via our County
Squad, which concentrates on sprint events at 50 and 100
How about the
Swimming is an unbeatable sport for making
friends, and many lifetime friendships start via the pool. It's
much more a team sport than you might think from the sidelines, and
our swimmers tend to be well-organized, self-motivating kids. Those
attending single-sex schools mix with sensible counterparts. It was
probably put best by a Reading parent who said when her teenager
held a joint party with a school friend, you could spot straight
away which guests were the swimmers!
OK, this sounds
good, what should I do now?
See for yourself! Come along to one of our
monthly trials to "try out" for our teaching or training
programmes. Your child will be assessed as to which level
would be most suitable, from absolute beginner to National Squad.
Please send us an email to schedule
forward to seeing you!