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Age Group

Age Group Swimmers


To join the club

For Age Group swimmers, we operate a squad training structure and a prospective member's swimming ability will be assessed at a swimming trial. A swimmer must demonstrate to the Coach that they meet the minimum entry criteria defined below based on their age and that they are keen to progress and compete. The trial will ascertain a candidate's suitability to join the club and if so which squad they are placed in.

 

6 to 11 Years
Swimmers interested in joining the club at our entry level must be able to:

  • Swim 10m Front Crawl and Backstroke
  • Have a basic stoke working towards 10m of Breaststroke and do some Butterfly kick
  • Push and glide on the front and back
  • Jump in from the side and tread water for 30 seconds

At this level we are working to stage 4/5 of the Swim England Aquatic Skills Framework.

It is important to highlight that some swimmers may have already achieved these levels through a learn to swim program. We may still assess and put them into our learn to swim program to correct and develop the stroke while developing starts and turns in line with ASA competitive swimming rules. This will then allow them to move to the Development Squad and compete at the age of 9.

 

12 Years & Over
Swimmers interested in joining the club at this age must be able to swim all 4 strokes.

Their stroke must be technically correct according to the rules published by FINA, for the following strokes/distances:

  • 300m on Front-crawl, Backstroke and Breaststroke including correct starts, turns and finishes

  • 50m Butterfly with 2 stroke breathing including correct starts, turns and finishes

  • 200m Individual Medley including correct starts, turns and finishes

They must be capable of swimming 600m continuously on front-crawl and backstroke without stopping. They must also have the stamina to swim for 1.5 hours, which is the typical session time for this age group.

 

Where do we train?

Our main pool is at Donyngs Leisure Centre in Redhill. We also train at pools in Horley, Reigate, Caterham and Crawley. Please visit the Pool Locations page to see exact locations and where to park at the school pools.

 

Training schedule and squad structure

The club operates a squad structure and training sessions are held 6 days of the week depending on squad. The squad each swimmer is allocated to is decided by the coaches and depends on the ability and commitment of the swimmer. This is reviewed on a regular basis and swimmers are moved between squads as appropriate. The higher squads are offered more training time in the water than the junior squads and this is reflected in the club’s monthly squad fees.

For further information please see the Squad Training Schedule.

 

Swimming Competitions/Events

There are different types of swimming competitions your swimmer may be eligible to enter, including:

  1. Club galas, including Club Championships

  2. Interclub galas, including league competitions

  3. Open Meets

  4. County/Regional Championships

For a better understanding of the different types of swimming competitions please read our Rough Guide to Swimming Competitions.

 

Fees

Redhill & Reigate Swimming Club's fees are as follows:

  • Joining fee £10.00

  • Competitive start award £3.50

  • Annual club membership £55.00 (calculated pro-rata when joining. Renewals due 1st January each year)

  • Swim England membership £14.60 per year if under the age of 9 for the entire calendar year, or otherwise £32.90 for swimmers aged 9 and above for a competitive swimmer. (Renewals due 1st January each year)

  • Monthly fees range between £33.50 to £52.00 depending on the squad.

Club kit

Swimmers should have the following items as they may be required during training sessions.

Swim Hat Pull Buoy Fins
Goggles (Two pairs)      Kickboard           Water Bottle

 

Swimmers are requested to wear the official Redhill & Reigate Swimming Club hat when they are representing the club in competitions.

The Shop page displays our current kit available.

 

Request a trial

To request a trial for an Age Group swimmer, please register here.