Guide for New Parents

Having joined Staines Swimming Club there are many things that new parents and swimmers need to know so we’ve broken down some key points we thought you might find useful: -

Fees and Membership

Our fees are combined and divided into 12 monthly payments, made by standing order at the beginning of each month.  The club takes all payments using a debit or credit card registered to the swimmer's club account.  All new members will be asked to register a debit/credit card on their swim account.  In addition, all members must pay an annual Swim England membership fee to the Club who, in turn, register the swimmer with Swim England. This is due annually in January of each year.

Members are expected to meet all open, championship and other competition fees. The club contributes to team entries for the appropriate galas.

The squad pages contain the relevant monthly training fee for each group.  Some clubs insist on termly fees paid in advance three times a year. We do not do this as we recognise this places an additional financial burden on parents and carers.  The fees are an annual fee divided into twelve payments for the ease of our members.  This means that the fees remain payable during the Summer break and the refund policy does NOT apply.

Any member cancelling their fees for the Summer break would lose their place in the squad and would need to rejoin the club to continue swimming.  This would attract the usual annual membership fee irrespective of it had already been paid in that financial year.

To cancel your swimming membership, please email [email protected].  To cancel for the current month, notice needs to be given by the 15th of the month.

Safeguarding & Child Welfare

For any issues involving the safeguarding of your children, please do reach out to Craig Smith our Child Welfare officer, email : [email protected]

Club Kit & Equipment

For training, equipment varies from squad to squad, and this information is available on our website (squad specific page).  To start with swimmers will need a costume/jammers, a SSC hat, goggles, towel, drinks bottle.

For swimming galas swimmers require: club hat (plus a spare), race costume/jammers, racing goggles (plus a spare pair), club T shirt (hoodie & tracksuit pants optional), towel, water bottle, energy snacks food.

The club kit can be purchased online via KS Teamwear: - for purple hats, please email Tracy: [email protected] who will arrange for one to be passed to your coach.

Equipment (dependent on squad requirements): -

  • Swim Hat (plus a spare)
  • Racing Goggles (plus a spare pair)
  • Kick Board
  • Pull Buoy
  • Hand Paddles
  • Training Fins
  • Training Snorkel
  • Resistance Band
  • Foam Roller
  • Skipping Rope
  • Towel
  • Water Bottle
  • Mesh Kit Bag

Short Course/Long Course Pools

Like many clubs we train in a 25m pool for the majority of the time (Spelthorne, Sunbury, Bishopsgate & Egham) and a couple of times a week the performance squads have the opportunity to train in a 50m pool (Aldershot).

The Swimming Season

The swimming year is generally divided into three seasons: -

  • Counties - January
  • Regionals - May
  • Nationals - July / August

We hold our annual Awards evening each July where families are invited to attend with their swimmers so we can celebrate the achievements of all of the swimmers.  In addition to this we also hold a Christmas party each year.

Summer & Christmas Holidays

The Club always has two weeks off during the month of August and then a Summer timetable is introduced for the remaining part of August. At Christmas time we also introduce a reduced schedule over a period of two weeks.