Group Structures


Hailsham SC returned to swimming training in a phased way from Friday 31 July 2020 following the initial Phase 1 and 2 training programme up to the end of August. From Tuesday 2 September 2020 the Club entered into Phase 3 of its training programme, and is now continuing this into Phase 4 with the slightly amended timetable provided below. The Club Committee have now agreed the reinstatement of monthly training fees as circulated in the Chairman Update (19 October). 

COVID Officers - details of officers can be found here.

An UPDATE FROM OUR COACHING STAFF on the progress of all of our coaching and teaching squads can be found here.

PHASE 4 - TRAINING TIMETABLE (Effective from Sunday 1 November 2020) 

Please note that with the reinstatement of monthly training fees, this phase is establishing formal training bubbles and as such the Performance Groups have been renamed to ensure there are the appropriate amount of swimmers in each group. Some swimmers have therefore moved groups to ensure our training bubbles can operate effectively. Swimmers will also now always swim in the same training lane to ensure they not come into unnecessary contact with other swimmers in the group. As such this will ensure that if there are positive COVID cases within the club then only a smaller number of swimmers will need to isolate. Fitness land training will also restart with a planned on-line fitness session once a week, for which details will be communicated to Performance swimmers on a weekly basis.  

Day Training Location  Time Hours Groups Max
Monday Hailsham Freedom 1900-2000 1         ST SK 24
Monday Hailsham Freedom 2000-2100 1     P3 YM     24
Tuesday Uckfield Freedom 1845-2015 1.5 P1 P2         24
Thursday Uckfield Freedom 1845-2015 1.5 P1   P3       24
Friday Hailsham Freedom 1915-2045 1.5 P1 P2         24
Saturday Hailsham Freedom 0800-0900 1     P3 YM     24
Saturday Hailsham Freedom 0900-1000 1         ST SK 24
Saturday Uckfield Freedom 1515-1645 1.5 P1 P2         24
Sunday Bexhill B/Abbey Prep 1400-1530 1.5 P1 P2 P3       36
Once A Week On-Line Fitness Training Session 1 hour (Date/Time tbc) 1 P1 P2 P3        
P1 Performance 1                  
P2 Performance 2                  
P3 Performance 3                  
YM Youth and Masters                  
ST Stamina                  
SK Stroke 1&2                  

Note: Maximum Group numbers have been determined based on the amended Swim England Guidance (20 July) and ability for single lane swimming. Further sessions may be added in due course. 

Please note we will announce in due course the closing date for the Christmas period. 

Protocols and Procedures for Training Venues:

Those Members that did not attend the Return to Training Briefing on 30 July 2020 should consult the following presentation which relates to the use of Freedom Leisure Hailsham and Bedes Senior School here

Additional Information related to Use of Uckfield Leisure Centre can be found below:

Uckfield Leisure Centre - Protocols and Procedures

Uckfield Leisure Centre - Pool Layout

Additional Information related to the Use of Bexhill, Battle Abbey Prep. School can be found below:

BEXHILL Battle Abbey Prep School - Protocols and Procedures

Return to Training Action Plan

All Members must have read the Return to Training Action Plan (updated on 30 July), which can be downloaded with its supporting Risk Assessments below:

Return to Training Action Plan (V7 7 Sep 2020)

Risk Assessment - Freedom Leisure, Hailsham (Updated 30 Sep 2020) 

Risk Assessment - Uckfield Leisure Centre

Risk Assessment - Bedes School

Risk Assessment - Bexhill, Battle Abbey Prep School  

Risk Assessment - Outdoor Pool

Risk Assessment - Other External Swim Facility

Risk Assessment - Land Training

Risk Assessment - Learn to Swim

Risk Assessment - First Aid



Fitness Programme Sessions

Further to the closure of swimming sessions, please find below the land training and fitness programme to follow.


Challenge Set 1

Challenge Set 2

Challenge Set 3

Challenge Set 4

Challenge Set 5


Implementation of a new training structure took place in January 2020

Squad criteria - Please CLICK HERE for the latest version of the criteria for each of our swimming groups.

Performance Squads (Gold, Silver & Bronze) 

These are the top three competitive swimming squads with highly motivated swimmers, striving to improve performance. Swimmers will maximise their performance in training and compete regularly, reaching County standard or further. Swimmers show commitment to training and personal development.


(1)     County standard or higher
(2)     Commitment to competitions
(3)     Represent the club to the highest level
(4)     Develop understanding of nutrition and anatomy/physiology   


Masters & Youth/Fitness Squad

Senior Squad swimmers are at a high standard, but cannot commit to the high training schedule required in Performance Squad. This is the club's Youth and Fitness squad which also encorporates the Masters group.


(1)     To enjoy competing and performing well
(2)     To develop technique and speed
(3)     To encourage participation of all ages
(4)     Commitment to competitions and representing the club

Stamina Group

The Stamina Squad is swimmers who are primarily developing their stamina, progressing to a level where they can swim efficiently and effectively for a long period. They show enthusiasm to develop their swimming technique and skills. 


(1)     To develop the stamina of swimmers
(2)     To encourage participation in club championships and galas
(3)     To develop understanding of stroke technique
(4)     Progress within the swimming club

Stroke Groups (Stroke 1 & Stroke 2)

The Stroke Group contains swimmers who have met the assessment requirement for the Club. The key aim is to introduce effective technique for all strokes, to improve the swimmer’s efficiency within the water. 


(1)      To develop effective techniques on all strokes
(2)     To meet ASA Diving into water standards
(3)     To enjoy learning and developing swimming skills
(4)     Progress within the swimming club 

Learn to Swim Teaching (LTS) Groups (Stages 1-7)

The LTS group follows the British Swimming/Swim England Teaching stages 1-7 leading to a the next stage of meeting the requirements of Stroke group. This typically contains young swimmers who are developing water confidence, breathing patterns, stroke technique and kicking skills.


(1)      To improve water confidence
(2)      To work towards the club entry level requirements (Stroke group)
(3)      To enjoy the experience of swimming