Dulwich Dolphins is a swimming club for children who want to take their swimming to the next level and work towards competing in local, regional and national competitions. At the more junior levels, your child will most likely only compete at internal club galas, but as they work their way up the squads, they will be asked to compete in external events. If they swim in a school squad, they will hopefully also see that the training they do with our club is reflected in their performance in those galas too.

In order to get the most out of our club, you will need to commit a certain amount of time to attend sessions. We find that swimmers with the better attendance record tend to enjoy it more, because they see themselves progress quickly and can move with their squad-mates up through the levels. Poor attendance can have the reverse effect – their friends move up without them, their progress stagnates and they stop enjoying it. We ask for a minimum attendance as per the table below.

 

Minimum sessions/week

Recommended sessions/week

Dolphins

2

3

Blue

2

3

Bronze

3

3

Silver/Gold

3

4

Mercury

4

5

Platinum

5

5

Junior Perf

5

6

In Dolphins and Blue, you can consider school squad training outside normal school hours (before or after) to be one of your sessions but you should let your coach know that this is what you are doing. Swimming during normal school hours tends to be much lighter than a Dulwich Dolphins session so should not be considered to be one of your weekly sessions. Obviously, there will be allowance for holidays, but in general we are looking for the establishment of a regular routine in order to set your child on the right course.

All swimmers in competitive squads (Bronze and above) should be attending approximately 85% of their allocated sessions on a regular basis. Parents must inform their child's coach if they know that they will be forced to miss any training session in good time before that date. Email/mobile details are available on request.  Constant failure to attend sessions or tell the coach about why they cannot attend will force them to consider whether the swimmer has the right level of commitment to remain in that squad. 

Most of all, we want your child to enjoy their swimming with the club and fulfill his/her potential for the sport.

 

If you need more information about the length and timing of the schedules for each squad, please look at the weekly timetable and the calendar listing of ad hoc changes, both with links in the banner on the home page.