Atlantis offers a wide range of swimming award courses for all age groups and abilities. The programmed timing of courses throughout the year is designed to take into account the abilities and number of the swimmers who wish to train, courses are therefore only available when planned. Training takes place periodically throughout the year, to put your name down for a course please see Lorraine or John Eamer.


The ASA states "swimmers should be encouraged to acquire good skills in strokes, turns and finishes before they are asked to swim quickly"

Atlantis SC is a competitive swimming club and we fully support this statement and therefore intend to introduce Swimming Stroke Award courses to be run on Sunday evenings at the Pavilions. Awards are available for the 4 competitive strokes, plus Individual Medley aiming to reward the achievement of these skills.

Swimmers should see Lorraine to register their interest in completing these courses.


The Competitive Start Award is a mandatory course for all swimmers wishing to start races from the shallow end of the pool. It teaches safe entry to the water from the diving blocks at the shallow end and until this is successfully completed swimmers will be required to start races in the water. Swimmers should speak to their coach to establish when they are ready to undertake this course.


Swimmers can earn Competitive Swimming Performance Awards as they achieve particular times in the various strokes over various distances at galas and time trials and in doing so collect an impressive array of badges and flashes to sew onto their t-bag shirts.

The CSPAs are allocated at four levels bronze, silver, gold and platinum over two distance categories, sprint and middle distance. The sprint encompasses 25m 50m100m and the 4 X 25m IM, and the middle distance covers 200m and 400m swims. The times to be achieved in each stroke are laid down by the ASA and are given in the attached file.

On achieving one of the times listed under the Sprint Distance or Middle Distance headings the swimmer is awarded with the corresponding Award badge, Certificate and a flash badge for the stroke in which the time was achieved ie for swimming 25m backstroke in 23.50 a round Bronze sprint badge together with a Certificate and Backstroke flash is awarded. He or she then goes on to collect the other Bronze stroke flashes by achieving one of the times listed for each stroke for that Award/Distance. Not all strokes have to be swum over the same distance and once a stroke flash is awarded for one of the sprint distances if a different sprint distance time is achieved for the same stroke a further stroke flash is not applicable. Further awards are available for longer distance swims details are available on request.

Each round Award Badge and Certificate costs only £4 and each stroke flash £1, to apply for your Award please print and complete the REQUEST FORM attached and pass to Sam van der Hut together with the fee.