Teddington Swimming Club

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Teddington Swimming Club Masters

Teddington Swimming Club Masters (“TSCM”) is a masters swimming programme dedicated to promoting lifelong fitness for adults aged 18 and over through regular swimming. Our coaching team provide high quality structured workouts and encourage an environment where personal and team goals are achieved. We offer a friendly, supportive and fun atmosphere while contributing to the health and wellness of the community at large. We welcome swimmers of diverse backgrounds and abilities and look forward to contributing to your development and enjoyment in the pool.

Training

We have eleven main training sessions each week, lasting between 60 and 90 minutes.  Members can choose to attend any number of these. Additionally, there are two dedicated "Developing Masters" sessions for people who are relatively new to swimming or have been away from the sport for many years. The focus in these sessions is on swimming skills as well as improving fitness.

Our Monday, Friday and Sunday evening sessions at Hampton Pool are also open to Developing Masters, providing an opportunity to train with the main squad.

Our Monday, Wednesday and Friday daytime sessions at Teddington Pool enable our members who aren't able to swim regularly in the evening the opportunity to attend a structured and coached training session during the day. Due to the popularity of these sesssions they are usually restricted to main squad members.

Requirements

We welcome a wide range of abilities and depending on your level, you will find a home either in the main squad or with the Developing Masters.

Developing Masters (DM): you should be able to swim front crawl for about 8 lengths of a 25m pool & be in good health. You should be prepared to attempt other strokes during the session

Club: Ideally you should be able to swim front crawl and at least one other stroke, and understand the training techniques of kick and drill.  You should be able to swim 100m front crawl in less than 2min. You should be prepared to attempt butterfly from time to time. There are lanes to cater for different capabilities and speeds, with lanes covering anywhere between 2km and 4km in an hour.

Competition

Many of our swimmers take part in galas or other competitive events. Individual results cover a wide range, from one British Record Holder, several placing in the British National Championships, to those choosing to compete in local galas. We had over sixty members participate in the European Masters Championships at the London Olympic Centre in May 2016, with notable success in relay events, taking two British and one European records.

The age range of our competitive swimmers is equally wide, from 18 to 75.  Its not all about medals and records though. One of the joys of swimming is the possibility to improve as you age by refining your technique. Galas offer the opportunity to compare performances year on year and to race other people of similar ages. Over the past few years we've run several in-house time-trial galas of our own to provide an opportunity for our members to experience race conditions, often for the first time. Some events we attend en masse; we’ve been known to win the odd trophy and to enjoy a celebratory post-event dinner.

Over the past few years there has been a huge interest in open water swimming, and a growing number of our members compete quite regularly at sea, river and lake swims up and down the country.  A number of TSCM swimmers complement their pool training with training at nearby lakes. Over the years, several of our swimmers have successfully swum across the English Channel.

Sessions (current as at July 2022)

Day

Time

Place

Monday (day time)

12:30 - 13:30

Teddington

Monday (all abilities)

21:00 - 22:00

Hampton Pool

Tuesday

20:50 – 22:00

Richmond (Indoor pool)

Wednesday (day time)

12:00 – 13:00

Teddington Pool

Wednesday (Developing only)

21:00-22:00

LEH

Wednesday 

20:15-21:30

Richmond (Outdoor pool)

Thursday

20.30-22.00

Hanworth Air Park

Friday (day time)

12:00 – 13:00

Teddington Pool

Friday (all abilities)

21:00 - 22:00

Hampton Pool

Saturday

06:25 – 07:55

Hampton Pool

Sunday

06:55 – 07:55

Xcel Leisure Complex, Walton

Sunday (all abilities)

20:30 - 21:30 (Summer)

Hampton Pool

Pools where we swim

Pools

Days

More Info

Hampton Pool

Mon, Fri, Sat & Sun

http://www.hamptonpool.co.uk/

Teddington Pool

Mon, Wed  & Fri daytime

http://www.richmond.gov.uk/teddington_pools_fitness_cent

Lady Eleanor Holles

Wed evening

https://www.lehs.org.uk/our-campus/80.html

Richmond

Tue, Wed

https://www.richmond.gov.uk/pools_on_the_park

Xcel Leisure Complex, Walton

Sun am

https://www.placesleisure.org/centres/elmbridge-xcel-leisure-complex/

Find out more

If you would like more information or to come for a free taster session, then please drop us a line at [email protected].  We currently (July 2022) are accepting new members, but may have to re-introduce a waiting list if we get full.  (Please note that this email address is unable to reply to questions regarding membership for children)