St Ives Swimming Club

A Competitive Cambridgeshire Swimming Club 

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Welcome to St Ives Swimming Club

St Ives Swimming Club (SISC) has been established since 1972.  We are a club with a reputation for producing excellent swimmers, catering for novices upwards and regularly coaching swimmers to Regional standards.  Over the years we have also coached National Championship medallists and continue to do so. 

SISC is a friendly club where we allow swimmers to learn and progress whilst at the same time making friends and being part of a club.  As you get to know the club and squads, we hope you enjoy your time with us.  We hope you find what you need in the following sections and if at any point you need more information, please just ask.  The main contact emails are on our committee section which will also help you put names to faces.  There is so much information to take in if you are new to the swimming world so here are the basics.

SISC Coaching

Andy Hunter, is our Headcoach and is supported by coaches, Dale, Clive, Val, Paul, Sue and Will. Andy is always willing to discuss your child’s swimming if you have any questions.  If he is busy coaching, a contact email address is on the coaches area of the website.

Squads

As your child progresses through the club Andy will invite your child to trial in the next squad.  Squad progression is

Nemos → Minnows → Marlins → Dolphins → Silver Sharks → Gold Sharks

We also have a Barracudas squad for swimmers who have reached the Dolphins Squad or above, but no longer wish to maintain training and meet criteria.

SISC Committee

We are a committee run club, made up of 12 volunteers, who meet once a month.  If at any time you want to ask us any questions one of us are around most nights.  You can see a gallery of our faces and names on the Committee page of the website.  Please free to email the Chairperson or Secretary, if you have any questions or wish to meet with one of us.  If you are interested in joining the committee please contact us, we are always looking for new volunteers.

Volunteers

There are many ways parents can volunteer their time to help us.  Most of this will be when your swimmers are in the pool, so it does not take any extra time.  Officials are the people you see in whites.  They ensure club champs and meets are run in accordance to Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) rules and regulations.  You do not need to know anything about swimming as training and ongoing support is provided.  Poolside managers are also an integral part of meets, they support swimmers to ensure they know when to swim so coaches can concentrate on watching and feeding back to swimmers.

If you are interested in volunteering please do not hesitate in contacting us. We need parents to volunteer otherwise we cannot run or attend meets.

Team Events

We are a competitive swimming club, and as your swimmer progresses through the squads they may be invited to swim in team events.  From 2019 our younger swimmers participate in the Junior Fenland League, this is a local team event travelling within the region.  If your swimmer is selected by the coach, you will be contacted by email and this would normally involve swimming some relay and individual events.  There are always older swimmers and poolside managers to support younger swimmers.

Open Meets

If your child is interested in participating in open meets, these are swimming competitions where they choose to swim particular distances (50m, 100m, 200m, 400m or 800m/1500m) and strokes (free, back, fly, breast or Individual Medley) to gain registered times.  The calendar on the website has a list of meets.  The Meet and Team Events section will have more detailed information.

Swimming meets are graded into four levels:

Level 1 Meets are long course (50m) only and cover National, Regional Championships.

Level 2 Meets are short course (25m) only and cover National, Regional and County Championships.

Level 3 Meets are long and short course events. Their purpose is to enable athletes to achieve times for entry into Regional and County Championships and other Meets at Level 1 or Level 2.

Level 4 Meets are entry level events in pools 25m or greater. They are for inexperienced swimmers seeking to compete outside their club environment.

Swim events start at level 4 or Level 3. For level 4 meets you generally do not need registered times but once you compete at this level your child will obtain registered times.  Our Club Championships are licensed at level 4 and are a good place to gain initial licensed times.

These can then be used to enter level 3 meets, which are meets you generally need registered times for.  They will also stipulate minimum times you must not be faster than.  Level 2 and 1 meets are available to our more advanced swimmers. 

Once your child starts competing you will see their latest personal best times on

https://www.swimmingresults.org/individualbest/

Before your child goes to their first meet, there is a Swimming Meet Guidance document on the Meets Entry Guidance section of the website.

Kit

We have SISC swim hats, which can be ordered through our Club Merchandise page on our website. These can be unnamed (which we keep in stock) or named which have to be ordered.

We have a SISC kit consisting of poolside shirt, short and hoody. These can be ordered through our Zeon Shop, these items are specifically made, we have 4 order windows a year and take approx. 6 weeks once the order window is closed.