CoStA (City of St Albans Swimming Club)

At CoStA we strive to be the best that we can be ... while having fun


If you are a swimmer:
- Aged 9 years and under – see below for Pre Club criteria
- Aged 10 years + who are at a club and already a competitive swimmers – see below for Junior and Senior Squad criteria

Please contact us at – [email protected] to find out our next available trial date.  To allow us to advise you of spaces we are trialling for please include your child's full name, date of birth, swimming history, current ability level and reasons for wishing to join CoStA.

At CoStA all our squads have criteria based on age, ability, commitment and desire; the purpose of the trial will be to ascertain whether your child has the potential to join one of our squads and if successful, which squad would suit them best.  

Our Membership team will respond to your enquiry and advise you of forthcoming trials for the squad that is most suited to your child’s current age and swimming level.

Spaces become available every 3 months to correlate with internal squad movement. We will invite swimmers to trial based on where there is space, so it is important the information you provide is accurate. Where swimmers are transferring from other competitive clubs, we will try to accommodate them throughout the year in a separate trial.


Squad Criteria:

Pre Club – swimmers are aged 6-9 years old. Minimum level of swimming is Swim England Stage 5 for 6 year olds, and higher stages for older swimmers. Sessions last an hour and swimmers must be confident in deep water, swimming multiple lengths of frontcrawl, backstroke and breaststroke.

Junior 1 & 2 – swimmers are aged 8-10 and in addition to the swimming level required from the Reception squad will be expected to demonstrate racing skills such as competitive starts, turns and finishes. Swimmers in Foundation squads will able to enter competition swimming from the age of 9.

Junior 3 / Junior 4– Swimmers aged 10-12 years old must be from a background of competitive swimming

Senior Development  / Performance – Swimmers aged 12 – 18 years old must be from a background of competitive swimming