How do I join?

Thank you for showing an interest in swimming with Elmbridge Phoenix Swimming Club for fitness, competition, and fun. Normally we would offer trials for new members throughout the year - either ad hoc or more formally in larger groups. However, as you can appreciate with the current situation with Covid-19 and swimming pools just reopening the club isn't in a position to invite new swimmers for trials. We are looking at offering trials from September once pool times have been confirmed and squad sessions have been timetabled. 

At present most of our squads are full so we are currently not trialling any new swimmers unless they are transferring from another Swim England or International Club. We still encourage you to complete the new joiners form as we will invite swimmers to trial as places become available.

Ideally, we prefer swimmers to have reached a minimum standard of stage 7 or 8 via a swimming lesson programme before applying for a trial but we do take swimmers, aged 6-8, who may not have achieved this level. As a minimum swimmers need to be able to swim 25-50m Front Crawl & Backstroke, 25m Breaststroke & 25m Butterfly (dolphin kick), perform a forward roll or tumble turn and a dive (minimum kneeling dive) 

The purpose of these trials is to ensure that the swimmer is placed in the correct training group for their ability and development.

At the trial the coach will ask each child to complete one length (25m) of the following strokes:

·        Front Crawl

·        Backstroke

·        Breaststroke

·        Butterfly (basic only required)

·        a forward roll/tumble turn and dive

The process is slightly different if you are interested in transferring from another club.

You will be informed as soon as possible after the trial whether you have been successful.

If you are successful you will receive information regarding which swimming group you will be in, together with details of start date, squad timetable and cost. A joining fee will be charged with your first month's fees. This place in the club will be held for a period of two weeks. If the place is not taken up during this period, your child will have to re-trial for his/her place at the next trial date. Unfortunately, we are unable to defer joining membership.

If you are unsuccessful, we will give you pointers for improvement. Please feel free to retrial when you have addressed those points.

Please complete the form here if you are interested in taking part in a trial. 

 

 

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