Do I need to be an amazing swimmer to join?
Absolutely not. For regular sessions your child should be able to swim a length or two – we normally say that we’re ideal for people who have already had lessons and and want to get better or faster. But on Wednesdays we have learn-to-swim sessions in the small pool at Forest School. This runs alongside our regular sessions in the big pool, so if you have a little ‘un from about three and a half years old you can bring them along. Apart from that session,
If you have a child who can swim a of length or two bring them along a tryout session on Tuesdays, you can pay a £5 tryout fee, that is refundable if they decide to become a member.
What age range do you take?
Most kids are to transition from the small pool to training when they are about 7 or 8, but if you have a prodigy on your hands, bring them along!
On Tuesday we have a Masters session for swimmers over 18. Our oldest swimmers are in their 50s.
When should I come along?
If you’re an old fogey (18+) come along to the Tuesday Masters’ session.
If you’re thinking about swimming for a child, Fridays are the best time to come – that’s our big club night with swimmers of all abilities and there will always be someone on the desk who can answer your questions and sign you up for a trial session.
Can I just pop in every now and then?
When you first start, you get three trial sessions to see if you like the club. These cost £5 each.
But after that, if you decide to become a full member then you sign up for the coming year, which is paid for in quarterly chunks – or by monthly electronic payment. In summary, you don’t have to come every week, but you do have to pay for every week you pay even if you don’t attend
Even if I’m away on holiday?
Sorry – we reckon we are the cheapest swimming club in London – and the the only reason we can keep the club prices so low is that we spread our costs across the year. We’ll be hiring the pool throughout, so even if you’re not here for you have to pay for all the quarters.
How much does it cost?
There are two parts
Every club swimmer has to become a member of the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA). Yearly membership is payable when you first join and costs £40 initially and every January thereafter.
If you already have ASA membership from somewhere else we will deduct this from membership cost all we require is your ASA number.
The club fees depend on how many times you swim a week.
- if you swim with us once a week, membership costs £200 for the year, split into 12 monthly payments, plus ASA membership
- If you swim twice a week you pay £240 for the year split into 12 monthly payments, plus ASA membership
- If you swim three times a week you pay £280 for the year split into 12 monthly payments, plus ASA membership
- The club swims every week apart from 2 to 3 weeks at Christmas and 2 to 3 weeks in the summer
- The club fees are the cost of the pool hire and any running costs even if you are away we still have to pay for the lanes therefore we require all quarterly payments.
Monly payments are by standing order – find out about this here