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Competitive Swimming

Competitive Swimming

Some facts which we hope may help


1. ASA Membership

Every member of the Club has to be registered with the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association). This means amongst other things that they are covered by the ASA’s insurance in Club activities.

If a member competes in any gala – other than in the club – they have to be registered with the ASA as a competitive swimmer (CAT 2). This entails filling in a (yellow) form and paying the ASA a fee. Please ask your coach for the necessary form.

Swimmers have also to be registered to take part in the Junior League whose age range is 9 – 12 years and if an unregistered swimmer is found swimming the whole team can be disqualified. This is why the Head Coach would like every swimmer who is a potential member of that team to be registered for competition so that they are ready to take part if selected.


2. Swimming Equipment and Kit

For training, swimmers need costumes – endurance for training and non-endurance for racing (often bought a size smaller than normally worn) – 2 pairs of goggles, a hat (boys and girls), a kickboard, a pullbuoy, and hand paddles all of which are ideally kept in a net bag.

When competing, swimmers should wear an Ealing hat, Ealing tracksuit, shorts, polo shirts and T shirts. These can be ordered through our website. Training equipment can be ordered through ProSwimwear.


3. Nutrition

As you can imagine swimmers who are training hard need plenty of good, healthy food and advice on nutrition can be obtained from the Coaches. We also invite a nutritionist to talk to the swimmers and parents from time to time.

It is important that a swimmer has a healthy snack before training in the morning and then within 20 minutes of finishing a training session. Swimmers should always have a drink bottle with them during training – with water or squash as they prefer. During competition healthy snacks and drinks are essential. NO CRISPS OR SWEETS.

For further Nutritional advice see our Nutritional pages and advice from the Club’s Nutritional Therapist Peggy Jameson. Alternatively you can email questions to Peggy at


4. Entering Meets and keeping records of times

Swimmers in Squad, and also sometimes in the Houses compete in a wide range of meets.

When the appropriate gala comes along, the swimmers will be given the relevant information and an entry form which parents complete and return to the Coach with a cheque for the relevant fee. It is extremely useful if you start from an early stage to keep a record of times swum by your son/daughter with brief details of where, when, the length of the pool and the occasion. This information will be invaluable to you when filling in entry forms.

Sometimes meets are oversubscribed and your child may not be accepted for entry: in this case the entry fee will be returned by the host club to Ealing Swimming Club and a cheque will subsequently be given to you. The non accepted entry will have SCR denoted next to the event.

If your child is accepted, you may be given a slip of paper with the events they are in with the times entered, but more often the acceptance list will be posted on our website. Please check this carefully to see there are no mistakes – if there are, tell your Coach and email

On the day of the gala, ensure you arrive in plenty of time for your child to sign in. This has to be done for each race entered and for each session, before the warm-up starts.

Swimmers will be expected to sit with the team during the competition. This ensures the coaching staff  knows where they are and that they are part of the support process for everyone.


5. Supporting your child

We hope that your son/daughter will enjoy the experience of competitive swimming and training, - that is the basic aim of everything we do. Sometimes things don’t always go smoothly and parents can feel that their child is not making enough effort . Please have a word with the Coach in this instance before talking it over with your child – there could be good reasons for apparent under performance.

Similarly we hope he/she will make good new friends with her team mates. Ealing tries hard to build a happy, cohesive team and training together, competing together and going away on training camps all go to make this happen. We hope you will enjoy the company of the other parents as well!


Dave Heathcock

November 2012