New Members

Introduction

The club offers swimming for all standards and ages from as young as 4. The club caters for non-swimmers, competitive swimmers, water -polo and recreational swimming for fitness. The club welcomes swimmers with disabilities and has a Disabilities Co-ordinator. The club is primarily a competitive club with the aim to ensure all swimmers meet their potential whatever their ability. The club trains swimmers to County, Regional and National level, including Masters. The club has a structured framework in place that supports a clear progression path through the provision of:

General

• Qualified teachers/ coaches, who are encouraged and supported to develop their knowledge and skills ensuring ‘Continual Professionnal Development’.

• All staff within the club go through a DBS check and attend Child Protection courses. To support this and other related activities the club has a Welfare Officer.

Swimming

• A grouping structure that maximises the pathway for competitive swimmers whilst ensuring there is a route for recreational/ fitness swimmers.

• Lesson plans that meet the needs of each group following the ASA National Plan for Teaching Swimming and Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) principles.

• Annual plan, for Racing Squads, that develop the swimmers for key competitive events throughout the year.

• A yearly programme of internal fun competitions. As swimmers move through the groups these become more structured to provide a progressive introduction to competitions (team and individual).

• Approximate pool time: Non-swimmers/ Beginners – 1/2 hour per week, Intermediate Swimmers (Groups 5 to 7) – 1 to 1 1/2 hours per week, Advanced Swimmers – 6 to 8 1/2 hours per week.

• Regular assessments, against set criteria to ensure each swimmer can understand their strengths and weaknesses in order to progress.

• Land training to compliment the water based training for Racing Squads.

• Club participation at team and individual external competitions.


The club regulates itself through a committee but also externally by ensuring it meets the ASA Swim21 (Sport England/ Club Mark) requirements for the provision of swimming. The club first accredited to this ‘standard’ in 2006 and has re-validated each year since. This covers standards and provisions for Coaches and Swimmers development, partnerships with other clubs/ organisations and club administration.

How to join

In the first instance please contact the club new entrant administrator by emailing us at info@hastingsseagullsc.org.uk, leaving your name and phone number.

Once you have made contact they will ask you for details, which include name, date of birth, contact details, swimming ability (if any) and any medical conditions. At this stage you will be advised of the process to join the club;

a. Non Swimmer or have some ability but not advanced in each stroke;

Once onto the waiting list, you will receive a call to attend an assessment session, which is currently held on a Monday. If there is space in the allocated group you will be given a start date. If no spaces are available you will be contacted once one is.

Note: At times the waiting list for specific groups can be several months (you will be advised), however we can offer interim training with a smaller club that we have partnered. Please ask for details.

Please note that entry into the club is strictly first come first served based upon entry on to the waiting list and availability within each group. If you are interested, please complete this form and email it to us at info@hastingsseagullsc.org.uk.

b. Advanced Competitive Swimmers or Masters;

You will be asked to attend an evaluation/ trial session. This will be organised by the waiting list administrator with the Head Coach and yourself. Normally there is not a waiting list for these trials, however the Head Coach will judge each case on its own merits and the availability of space within the groups. If you are interested, please complete this form and email it to us at info@hastingsseagullsc.org.uk.

c. Guest Swimmers (fall into 2 categories);

1. Advanced competitive 2nd claim swimmers, using the clubs resources to introduce more pool hours into their training programme.

2. Normal competitive swimmers who do not have access to their swimming facilities for a temporary period e.g. visiting the town/ region.

Entry into the club for these swimmers is based upon completion of the Guest Swimmer Form which should be handed into the clubs reception desk on a Thursday evening at Summerfields in Hastings, and available space within the required group. Guests are charged a different rate to members (details are available from the waiting list administrator).


You are welcome to visit the swimming pool to see the club in training, the best time is on a Thursday evening when all groups swim. Please ask for assistance at the clubs reception desk. If you wish to speak to the Head Coach or Head Teacher you must arrange a time though contacting the new entrants administrator.