Bath Dolphin Swimming Club is committed to the ASA and British Swimming equality vision, that swimmers should have the opportunity to reach their potential.

For new swimmers joining the club it is important that they are placed in a group which matches their ability. For this reason all aspiring club members are given a brief assessment before joining the club.

For those who can swim 25m or more, assessments are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7pm, at Bath Sports & Leisure Centre. For non-swimmers, or those who can swim less than 25m, assessments take place on the first Friday of the month at 7pm, at Kingswood School Pool.

To join the club and arrange an assessment please contact [email protected].


The club operates the ASA National Plan for Teaching Swimming. This plan allows the swimmer to develop their skills by undertaking a number of different disciplines. The opportunity to discover a range of aquatic activities allows the swimmer to develop a broader skill base and become a more rounded and skillful performer. The plan aims to increase the range of opportunities open to the swimmer in terms of future development and provide a sound skill basis for those wishing to progress to competitive swimming.

The National Plan for Teaching Swimming has clearly defined criteria set over eight levels. These range from foundation to pre competition development. Having satisfied the criteria for a particular level the swimmer will gain the award of an appropriate certificate and badge and will be eligible to progress to the next level.


Entry to the squad is by invitation with swimmers usually joining at the age of nine years or above. Squad swimmers are trained by or under the supervision of ASA qualified coaches. The swimmers follow a 12 month targeted cycle, directed by the Head Coach and have the opportunity to attain swimming awards appropriate to their age and ability. The club offers a number of squad options based on age and committed availability. Session days and times are dependent upon which squad the swimmer is a member of.

Members of the squad are expected to compete in the galas for which they qualify or are selected. This could include the Club Championships, the County Championship, National Swimming League and Junior Leagues as well as competing in open meets.


The club also has a growing number of masters swimmers, who swim upwards of two sessions per week (on a Sunday and a Tuesday – see our pool timetable for times), under an ASA qualified coach.

Some swimmers participate for fitness and fun, others train and take part in competitions around the UK.