So Youve Joined A Swimming Club
(A brief introduction to a new way of life)

So you have joined the Slough & Eton Dolphins Swimming Club. Please have a look through our welcome pack.
Welcome Pack

We are glad you have joined us. But do you know what a swimming club is? Particularly a competitive club like ours.

If you are expecting a pool, full of young people paddling, bathing and splashing about generally, then I have to say you wont find it here.

What you will find though is detailed instructions in:

How to swim properly.

How to make the very best of all your natural abilities in the pool

How to prepare to compete at progressively higher and higher levels (The club have had swimmers competing in the Olympics Games in the past) and has European Champions still training with the Masters section

How to appreciate the value of self-discipline in all aspects of your work in the pool. You will also especially enjoy the close friendship of other swimmers like yourself.

So lets look a little more closely at these advantages the Club has to offer and see what they will really mean to you.

Did you know that there are three swimming strokes, known as the Backstroke, Breaststroke and the Butterfly where you have to follow very strict rules as regards to your movements in the water; and the other stroke, known as the Freestyle where very few rules apply?

At a very early stage you will be taught to swim all the strokes exactly as laid down by the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA). This will be very important when you go on to compete in your club championships or to swim against other clubs in leagues matches, since an incorrect stroke would unfortunately result in disqualification sob! sob!

To ensure that you are taught properly the club is under the control of a highly qualified professional Coach who has trained and competed at National level. He is supported by a team of qualified teachers and club coaches thus ensuring that all swimmers are trained to a consistently high standard. Your teachers and coaches are always ready and happy to answer any queries you (or your Mum or Dad) may have regarding any aspect of your training.

You will not all progress at the same rate. Some of you will be more at home in the water than others and some may find a particular stroke more difficult than another may. Your coaches will quickly spot this and will see to it that corrective exercises are introduced into your training schedule to ensure that you make the most of your potential.

This swimming business is largely about competition. Thats where the principal fun and excitement lies.

Regular time-trials are run to check on progress. The swimmers themselves should always be aware of their personal best times (PBs). These performance times will improve rapidly in the early stages as the swimmers grow and develop correct techniques. New personal best times will be published regularly on the Club notice board and also on this website.

There are standards of competition available to suit all levels of ability, ranging from Novice swim meets and internal Club Championships to Southern Counties and National Championships.

Your Club Coach will always know what you should be aiming for and will see that you get the necessary guidance and entry forms.

The best way of keeping up to date with what is going on in the swimming world is to take the monthly Swimming magazine an official ASA publication.

This is an attractive magazine, very readable and full of interesting and useful information. Swimmers and parents can learn a lot from it. If there is anybody who is interested in receiving a regular copy you can get further information form the ASA website

We shall also try to keep you posted on this website with interesting Swim Links that are freely available on the web.

Although you have an excellent team of teachers and coaches to improve your techniques and direct your activities, in the last analysis your real progress can only come from your own wish to succeed and your determination to apply yourself to the hard but rewarding work if you want to succeed.

Swimmers should always be conscious of what they are doing and what they are trying to achieve and should monitor their own progress. For instance, there is a lap timer at each end of the pool at Montem. Once you have mastered the basic techniques, start to take notice of these lap timers so that you are generally aware of what you can achieve when called upon to swim at speed. Also make a habit of counting your strokes and know what is a low count for you when swimming end-to-end at a steady pace. These are things that you can do yourself and they will rapidly teach you the benefit of self-awareness and self-discipline in your training.

Start to think like a swimmer at an early stage and be determined to improve through your own efforts.

By becoming a competitive swimmer you are entering a sporting world rich in fun and friendship. The great thing about the sport is that it takes the swimmer to understand another swimmers joy in winning or his/her disappointment when things have gone against him/her. Thats because only swimmers are aware of the hard work that they and their team-mates have put into their training to maintain that unique condition known as water fitness.

Another great thing about being water fit is that you will find your heart, lungs and general stamina are so well developed that you will spring surprises on your non-swimming school friends when it comes to cross-country running and sports-day competitions.

If you stick at your swimming and work hard you will learn one of the most important lesson in life Nothing is for nothing and hard work brings its own reward.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing you progress to your full potential as a Dolphin swimmer. Meanwhile, if Mums and Dads would like to get involved with the club as committee members or time-keepers, pool-side officials, teachers, coaches or helpers etc, they should contact our Club Secretary or any committee member of the Club

You will need to sign a Code of Conduct. Please print off a copy and sign it. Bring it to your next training session to give to your coach.
Code of Conduct