ESC Squad

ESC Provides teaching and coaching from lessons on learning to swim up to Elite performance with all the stages in between. The Club is accredited to Swim 21 at Performance Level. All teaching/coaching is by ASA qualified staff and teaching follows the National Teaching Plan. The Club has a programme of Continuing Professional Development for their coaching staff.

The Squad - which has consistently produced champions at every level from Novice to International competition. Under the direction of Ealing’s Chief Coach Dave Heathcock, himself an Olympic coach, sixteen swimmers have been selected for GB teams, many of whom have won medals in international competition, and a further twelve have been selected for England South teams. Ealing has also coached several international triathletes including Michelle Dillon who finished sixth in the Athens Olympics.

The Mission Statement of the Squad is to give every swimmer the opportunity to maximise his or her swimming potential and in doing so to give them a fulfilling and enjoyable experience.   

In addition to an extensive and varied timetable of swimming sessions, training includes land work, weights (at the appropriate level), sports psychology, education on nutrition and regular training camps both home and abroad. There is a structured competition programme which aims to give every swimmer the opportunity to compete at his/her level. The Club competes in National, County and Regional competitions and in open meets including graded competition. There is usually one meet abroad during the year.

Swimmers are given a training planner at the start of each training cycle and an annual training/competition calendar and there are frequent meetings either as a group or on an individual basis.

Ealing swimmers have regularly taken part in the GB World Class and Talent Identification programmes and Dave Heathcock and Allan Thornton are British and English coaches respectively. The Club is ranked in the top ten in the country with Ealing swimmers achieving high personal rankings.

Success in the water is often equalled by success in other areas of life. Many squad parents find that the discipline of training and the self-reliance that comes with membership of the Squad, rubs off on to school work with many swimmers achieving excellent exam results while continuing to train hard. But it is not all hard work and no play. Membership of the Squad brings with it the opportunity to travel and its own social life both for swimmers and parents – regularly meeting up at 5am creates its own brand of bonding. ESC Squad is highly professional but also friendly and well integrated.

The Structure
The Squad currently numbers over one hundred swimmers and is divided into five sections from Tadpoles up to Seniors. There is an age range of seven years and above with a small number of Masters training with the Senior squad. In addition there is a League squad which caters for swimmers who have reached Junior or Senior level but are no longer able to meet the full training commitment. Each section of the Squad has its own designated coach.

Entry into Squad
Swimmers generally enter Squad at age 7 or 8 from one of Ealing’s Houses by joining the introductory section – Tadpoles - in which they train partly with Squad and partly with their House. However it is also possible to join at a later stage. Squad trials are held two or three times a year and are notified to the Head Coaches of the Houses. Swimmers who are interested in joining Squad should speak in the first instance to their own coach or contact Dave Heathcock (07796 675361) if not a member of the Club.

There are no set criteria for joining or progressing to the next squad group - both are at the coaches' discretion. Swimmers must satisfy squad coaches that they are able to cope with the relevant training. Please see below for further information.

All training is based upon the needs of the swimmer to develop their potential and comprises energy systems, diet, racing skills, land training, flex, and laws of the sport, encouraging self esteem and teaching the value of fair competition.

The squad consist of the following Groups



Junior Development





Important dates:

Term Start date 3 January 2022 Term End date TBA 2022
Winter term start TBA