How do I become a member?
You pay as you go, and get three sessions on a trial use basis.
After that, we'll start badgering you to join. For membership
details, ask at any session to pay the £20 annual membership
Will I hold people up if I am not
No, we welcome frontcrawl beginners
and improvers. But please head for the Dean Lane and Jubilee
sessions as we have the whole pool (5 lanes) at them so we can
be more accommodating.
What is the age range of the
Currently active members aged from 23 - 54.
We'll welcome 21 - 101 year olds!
The largest age grouping in the
club is within the 35 - 45 grouping.
Where is the club based?
pool, Dean Lane, BS3 1BS
Is there any long-term commitment or membership fee?
We are very much a drop-in club. Just pay as you go and come
when you like. It gets easier the more often you train and your
swimming will improve very quickly if you swim with us regularly. We do encourage swimmers to
join our membership scheme which is £20 for the year.
How much does it cost?
for all sessions; Non-members - £5.50 for all sessions.
Please pay club coach or organiser before or after the session.
What are your TRAINING ROUTINES?
We use the
following training patterns and routines for those above
Interval training. We do a lot of this. It is
beneficial for all swimmers who want to improve. It is suitable
for sprint race training and long distance or triathlon
training. It builds swimming strength and ability quickly. We repeat sets of 50m swims, and/or 100s, and occasionally
(2) - Fartlek - Swedish word
meaning Speedplay. Interval training but continuous. The
variable intensity and continuous nature of the exercise places
stress on both the aerobic and anaerobic systems. Example - 200m
swim with every second length being fast, the rest of the
(3) - Negative Split - swimming the last half of your race at a
faster pace than the first half. We do this in training by
repeating 50s, 100s, or even 200s with the second half being
swum faster. We have techniques to help you do it effectively.
Can I just turn up to a session and swim?
YES. Please arrive to meet in the Dean Lane pool
foyer, Jubilee foyer and Hengrove foyer 15
minutes before the session starts. We like to be on the poolside
5 minutes before start and in the water promptly at session
Are the sessions coached?
YES. We always have a coach or
trainer on the poolside who can offer technique advice, timing
and general session structure.
How good a swimmer - as a minimum - do I need to be to join the swim
train and swim improve sessions?
Due to pool safety
policies that are imposed on us and due to the fact our sessions
are 'coached' rather than 'taught':
1. Be able to swim
50m front crawl (stopping half way is OK).
And all levels
Would be an advantage - Have a good B (or
'second') stroke or ideally be proficient in 2 or more strokes.
And all levels above.
Is this training suitable for
A lot of our members also run and also tri. We have a lot of Triathletes
and Aquathletes and as a club we like Aquathlons (swim and run).
Is the club a member of any sports governing body?
We are affiliated to the ASA (South West).