Squads & Training
The Club covers a wide range of ages and ability which are broadly reflected in the current swimming structure - a structure which is modified from time to time to take account of the overall 'shape' of the Club.
Swimmers accepted for entry into this Group become Preparatory Junior Members of the Club and are only eligible to compete in the Internal Club and Anderson Cup events. Swimmers in this Group should try to attend on a regular basis to maintain fitness and continuity of training.
This is the first of the competitive swimming squads. This Group develops the work done in the Preparatory Group and prepares swimmers for a limited number of competitions during the year. Swimmers in this squad should also try to attend on a regular basis to maintain fitness and continuity of training.
This is the second of the competitive swimming squads. This Group develops the work done in the previous groups and prepares swimmers for an increased number of competitions during the year. Swimmers in this squad should also try to attend on a regular basis to maintain fitness and continuity of training.
Fitness Squad (formally Advanced Squad)
This is the third of the swimming squads. This squad develops the stroke teaching work done in the previous groups and many of the swimmers take part in competitions during the year. Swimmers in this squad should try to attend a reasonable number of sessions per week.
This is the fourth of the competitive swimming squads. This squad is for the elite swimmers in the club and competitons are a regular feature. Swimmers in this squad should try to attend all of the sessions each week.
- Make sure you pack your swimming costumes/trunks/towels and adjust your googles before you come to swimming so as not to waste time in the session playing with them.
- Remember to bring your floats/flippers etc and a water bottle.
- Please go to the toilet before the start of the session to ensure minimum disruption to the group.
- All swimmers should shower before the start of the session and blow their noses if required for hygiene purposes and inform the coaches of any injuries / illnesses before the start of the session.
Also for your information, please see a guide to when swimmers should and should not train:-
Illnesses that merit exclusion:
- Open Wounds
- Sore Eyes
- Infectious Diseases
- Ear Infections
- Knee Injuries
- Shoulder injuries
Illnesses that do not merit exclusion:
DO NOT SWIM WITHIN 48 HOURS of having a stomach upset.
As the Club hires the pools from Edinburgh Leisure and other independent bodies, we must rely on the continued good reputation of the Club for the care of these premises for use in future years. For this reason your co-operation is required to ensure the following guidelines are strictly adhered to and that the general conduct of swimmers and parents are beyond reproach from any quarter.
Failure to abide with these guidelines will result in the strongest possible disciplinary measures being taken by the Club against any offending swimmer or parent to protect the interests of other members.
Use of pools ~ Sessions will be held as planned unless notification to the contrary has been given. However it is the responsibility of the parents to check that the session will go ahead. Please remember to check the notice board each Sunday.
Pools ~ Detailed below is a list of the pools in regular use by the Club, however it may be necessary to use other pools for special reasons.
- Leith Victoria Swim Centre - 25 yards
- Royal Commonwealth Pool - 50 meters
- Ainslie Park Leisure Centre - 25 metres
- Glenogle Swim Centre - 25 yards
- Trinity Academy
Please adhere to any parking restrictions in force on any of the venues that we use.
Delivery & Collection of Swimmers ~
Parents must ensure that the coach is present before leaving children at a session. Swimmers should be prompt for each session.Parents should return to collect their children at least 15 minutes before the end of the session. Once a session is finished the Club has no responsibility for the swimmers. While, on occasions a coach may wait with swimmers particularly younger ones, they are under no obligation to do so as they may well have other sessions to attend or other important commitments.
Entry to Pools ~ It is a strict rule that no swimmer may ever enter the water without the approval of the coach. On rare occasions the coach may be late for a session, then it is the parents responsibility to ensure that no child enters the water. In the event the coach does not turn up parents should telephone the coach concerned or contact the coaching convenor.
Footwear ~ At all of the pools outdoor footwear is prohibited in certain areas unless covered by blue plastic covers (freely available at the poolside doors).