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Does the Club have a Child Protection policy?
The Club has adopted all the principles relating to child protection contained in the Swim England Child Protection Policy. The Club has a Welfare Officer to whom you should address all issues of child welfare. The Welfare Officer will deal with any such matter in accordance with the Swim England Child Protection Policy ('Wave Power' - Child Welfare in Swimming - the Swim England Child Protection Policy). We have also adopted the Swim England Anti-Bullying Policy for Swimming Clubs contained in the 'Wave Power' booklet and we will follow the procedures contained in that policy if an incident of bullying is alleged. Our Coaches, teachers and other volunteers are DBS checked. Coaches have attended a child safeguarding course and they will ensure that best practice is followed at all times within the Club. However, if anybody has any concerns, or believes that the welfare of a child is at risk, they can call Swimline on 0808 100 4001.
Are there galas and competitions?

Yes, Severnside Tritons enters swimmers for different competitions on a regular basis and children generally start swimming at these events in their ninth year. We compete in galas, leagues, open meets and Championship events.

Our fixtures list gives all the information you need about the competitions we enter during the year - age, level, location, qualifying times etc. Some competitions are for new or emerging swimmers and if your child has not swum in competitive galas previously these are the types of galas he/she is likely to be entered into first.

If the competition is a team one, details such as team lists, start times and traveling arrangements will be made available via the website and usually e-mail. Swimmers should confirm their availability if selected through electronic acceptance of the invite.

The swimming year runs from September to September. Competitions start towards the end of September once swimmers have got back into their training after a break in the summer. Galas and League Competitions can take place at any time of year, Arena League is Oct/Nov/Dec, Southern Junior League Jun/Jul/September and Mini Series spread through the year. County Championships are in Jan/Feb/March, with Regional Championships in May, finishing with National Championships in late Late July/early August. Open meets are run throughout the year depending on the level of meet.

How do I work out which age group I fall into?
If you have wondered how children qualify for different competitions, spare a thought for the coaches who have to work with over 150 birth dates. A swimmer must have reached any relevant minimum age to compete. In many competitions, a swimmer's age is the age they reach at midnight on 31st December in the year in which the competition takes place. So the age group you enter is determined by the age you are at that time and on that day in the year in which the competition takes place. There are some competitions, open meets and inter club galas that use the 'age on last day of competition' as the cut off point.
By having different cut off points it means that swimmers will swim against different competitors, depending on when in the year the competition takes place. There is no minimum age for Club Championships and some other low level competition, but otherwise the minimum meets and galas is usually 9 in England but is 8 for Welsh meets. The ages for the youngest swimmers in championship events varies. County Championships are 10/11, Regional Championships 11/12, National Home Country Championships 12/13 and British Championships 13.
How do I know what's going on at the Club?
The Club has various communication methods. There are notice boards but the main means of communication is via the website or electronic communication. There are a number of electronic tools used for club management. The main one is the TeamUnify based website where all members have a username and password for access. The Club always seeks to make increasing use of the internet and the website to communicate with members on happenings, changes to the normal running of sessions and matters of administration.
Does the Club have insurance?
Every swimmer and every volunteer is a club member and the Club pays an annual fee so that they are also all members of Swim England. This provides the club 3rd party liability insurance for accidents during training or participating at galas with the club. Swimmers who take part in Open Meets, County Championships etc count as competitive swimmers and will be registered as such with the Swim England. Every Club Member will have a unique registration number. For more information regarding  club insurance please see the Club Secretary.
Do I need to wait when my child swims?
The Club or coaches can only be responsible for swimmers during their sessions and not before or after this time. The club cannot be responsible for your child away from the poolside. This includes in the changing rooms, other areas of the buildings and outside any swimming pool used by the Club. The conduct and behaviour of your child remains your responsibility at all times. In particular you must make sure that when you drop your child off to train there the coach has confirmed that the session will go ahead. Primary school age children should not be dropped off and should always have a responsible adult present.
How do I resign from the Club?
If you decide to leave the Club you must inform the Membership Secretary by giving a months written notice. Under Swim England rules once a member, you remain so until a written resignation is received and anyone who has outstanding fees at one club may not join or compete for a new club until those outstanding fees have been paid.
Can I take photographs?
The club requests that you refrain from using video, zoom or close range photography, including mobile phones cameras on poolside or the balcony during galas or at training sessions, or any other situation where swimmers will be wearing swimsuits.
Who helps on poolside?
The Club has a large number of coaches, teachers and poolside assistants. It is important that the time they spend for the benefit of the Club is not wasted and your co-operation during the teaching/coaching sessions is appreciated. If you want to know anything please don't be afraid to ask or speak to any member of the coaching team. 

We are also extremely fortunate to have a large number of parents who have qualified as timekeepers, judges, starters and referees so that we are able to provide officials at the various galas and competitions we enter. If you are interested in helping in this way, please speak to a Committee member.
Where can I buy swimming equipment?
The Club shop is run by Iain Garret. The club specalises mainly in swimming goggles, and Club branded kit (including hats).
Do you take a breaks from training?

Like many clubs, Severnside Tritons runs on the goodwill and volunteering of many teachers and coaches throughout most of the year.  We always reduce the number of sessions that run in the summer and during Christmas holidays. These are periods of rest and recovery for the swimmers who usually grow, recharge their batteries, and come back fresh and raring to go!  There are usually a small number of sessions for some groups to maintain some fitness. For groups other than Performance and Age Group Performance we usually stop completely for both of these holiday periods. Holiday training schedules will be posted on the website and sent out in an email to parents so it will be clear what groups are training, what times and at which pools.

Can beginners join?

In general  swimmers have already reached a minimum of Swim England Stages 5-6 when they start.  We would aim to continue to focus on good body position, teaching good technique for these young swimmers.

How much are the club fees?

There are 2 sets of fees payable by members of Severnside Tritons Swimming Club. 1. Membership fees are payable annually and cover your Swim England and Club membership. We require that at least one parent per family becomes a club member when there are children under the age of 18.

2. Monthly training fees to cover pool time and other running costs which vary depending on which group your swimmer is in.

How do I keep up to date with what is happening?
Lots of information is regularly updated and displayed on the Club Team Unify Website at We also have notice boards at each location and club messages are sent via Team Unify e-mail.
How can I help my child?

Firstly, by enabling your child to get to as many of their scheduled sessions as possible.

Secondly, by enabling your child to get to the sessions on time. Each session starts with a warm up. It is essential that the children warm up properly and the coach will not allow children to swim who have not been able to do this.

Finally the club always needs help.  We are a non-profit organisation and in order to keep monthly swim fees to a minimum we use as much volunteer time as possible.  Parents are expected to help with the running of our two annual open meets as well as internal competitions or social events.   It is particularly important to have enough trained Officials to help with galas as each swim club is expected to provide a certain number of trained officials at each gala. If you are interested in becoming trained there are courses available.  It isn't difficult and is a great way to experience galas and get involved with your child's sport.  Members of the committee, whose names are on the website, are always happy to advice on these courses and how you can help generally. We also welcome parents to get involved in the running of hte club by becoming committee members.  There are various roles which are elected at the Annual General Meeting each year.  We try to split the responsibilities up as much as possible to make the roles manageable.

Help is needed for organising social occasions which are an important aspect of the Club and are also lots of fun and for fund raising.

What will my child learn?
We aim to develop children to their full potential in competitive swimming. As well as learning to become independent, your child will improve their expertise in swimming techniques, diving off starting blocks, mastering turns, as well as increasing their stamina and fitness.
Will my child be made to swim strokes he/she doesn't like?
It is important that children don't focus on just the strokes they find easiest to swim. For overall swimming development children need to swim the full range of strokes and will be encouraged to do so. The club training programme focuses on the all round development of the swimmers and is constructed to enable swimming of 200/400 Individual Medley events.