Training Tips

Advice For Swimmers

Before Your Lesson

  • Do not eat a big meal before you swim, but also do not swim on an empty stomach.
  • Bring any of your own equipment that you need (although the club provides kick boards and pool buoys).
  • Make sure you kit bag has a spare hat and spare goggles.
  • Make sure you bring a drink, this MUST NOT be fizzy.
  • Arrive 10 minutes before your session so you are ready to be in the water at the start of the class.
  • Stretch on poolside before you enter the water.

  • Make sure your goggles are right BEFORE you start you lesson – there is no need to stop and play around with them throughout the lesson.
  • Go to the toilet before the lesson – don’t not take your toilet break when it gets hard or it’s your least favorite stroke.

During Your Lesson – Lane Etiquette

  • Make sure you swim one at a time and also in one direction – work out the direction with either your teacher/coach (younger swimmers), or with the other swimmers in your lane (older swimmers).
  • Make sure the fastest swimmer (which will be stroke dependent) leads the lane.
  • Leave plenty of room between swimmers, 5-10 seconds is usually enough. Wait for your teacher/coach to tell you when to go, they will ensure there is appropriate and safe space between each swimmer.
  • If you need to let someone past or overtake, do this at the end of the lane, not in the middle as this is disrupting and dangerous to other swimmers in the lane.
  • Don’t not pull or sit on the lane ropes in between sets.
  • Give room for all swimmers to finish the length.

During Your Lesson – Correct Swimming

  • Make sure you drink throughout your lesson to avoid dehydration.
  • Do not pull on the lane ropes to help you along – you are in lengths classes, you are capable of swimming without holding onto the ropes.
  • If you are doing a legs only (kicking) set – DO NOT use your arms. If you are doing an arms only (pulling) set – DO NOT use your legs. You will only get better by swimming drills properly.
  • Do not swim single arm butterfly to make it easier – you need to practice the full stroke.
  • Attempt the correct turns at every end.
  • Make sure you are there to swim – this means no walking, stopping, messing about or going underwater in between sets.
  • The teacher/coach is there to help you – make sure you look at what they are doing and listen to what they are saying.
  • Don’t talk when the coach is talking.
  • Attempt to complete the WHOLE lesson.
  • Make sure you warm down as instructed by the teacher/coach – don’t be tempted to get out early to be the first in the showers.

After Your Lesson

  • If you have a shower at the pool, please make sure you turn the water off once you are done.
  • Look around the changing room to make sure you have not left anything.
  • Rinse you costume/trunks in cold water – this will help them to last.
  • If you have any questions for you teacher/coach…just ask, they are there to help!

Advice For Parents

  • Make sure you child has all their kit for each lesson, particularly spare goggles.
  • Make sure you child brings a drink (nothing fizzy).
  • Ensure that they turn up for their lesson in plenty of time and are ready on poolside (not in the changing rooms) 10 minutes before their lesson.
  • If you need to speak with a teacher/coach, please do so before or after the lesson – not once it has begun.
  • Please try not to tell your child what to do throughout the training session – that’s what they teachers/coaches are there to do and children can get very distracted by this. If you feel like getting involved, we are always looking for new helpers and volunteers.
  • Sometimes you regular teacher may not be able to be there, but this does not mean that the stand in doesn’t know what they are doing.
  • Teachers/coaches try very hard to have children of similar standards within the same class, this does not mean that there won’t be some variation. This is why children within the same classes may be given different exercises (this does not mean that some children are skipping or missing exercises, or that others are getting more advanced training….it is just a way of adapting the lesson to the right level for each child).
  • Please bare in mind that children move between lessons at different rates, some move up quicker, others move slower, this is normal. The teacher/coach will determine when they feel your child is ready for the next step. Moving up between classes also depends on lane availability and space.
  • Training involves focusing on different things – speed, stamina, technique, stroke work, starts, turns, take overs. Some lessons may involve fewer lengths than others, but this does not mean they are working less hard.
  • Your children need encouragement and support. Ask them about their session if you are not able to stay and watch.
  • Make sure you read and keep hold of the newsletters for important dates.