Once youngsters are confident that they would like to carry on training they will need to purchase an Otters swimming hat, a pullbuoy, kick board and training flippers. They will also need training and competition standard goggles that can be adjusted so that they don’t leak. All of these items can be purchased via the Club Buyer, along with other items such as swimsuits, bags, tracksuits etc. Otters colours are red and black which swimmers are expected to wear at training and competition. Please see the Club Shop section for further information.
Training fees are currently £39 per month for Beginners
for up to three sessions per week. The fee for the Intermediates’ group is £44 per month and for the Advanced level swimmers, who can access up to 5 sessions per week (plus land training), the fees are £44 per month. Fees should be paid by standing order. Unfortunately if payments are not up to date swimmers will not be permitted to take part in training sessions.
Pool hire costs are by far our biggest expense and they are rising all the time. The club therefore depends completely on these training fees to keep the sessions going. Fees are reviewed on an annual basis and as you would expect, will need to be revised periodically in order to keep up with pool hire costs and other expenses including training costs and coaching equipment. Currently all of our coaches give their time to coaching sessions on an entirely voluntary basis, which helps to keep costs down.
There will be a small charge for annual ASA membership depending upon which level of membership swimmers are eligible for. This membership is the passport to competitive swimming in the UK and swimmers will not be able to enter competitions without it. Speaking of competition, competition entry fees vary from around £4 to £10 per event depending upon the level of competition and there may also be travel and accommodation costs involved.
New members will need to complete a membership form and let the club have details of any illnesses, allergies, medications and disabilities. All of this information will be kept confidential and only given out to coaches on a ‘need to know’ basis, in accordance with Data Protection and Safeguarding Children guidelines.