Our club was founded in 1978 with the basic idea of making swimming ‘open to all’ of the younger members of our local community. 40 years later we’re still going strong, with our team of dedicated volunteers providing quality lessons and training sessions to over 200 swimmers.

 

We swim in the 4 lane 25m pool in Boldon School Sports Centre and the pool in Boldon Community Association. Our membership ranges from non-swimmers (age 5 and over) to the Masters League swimmers (with unlimited age range). Our main sessions run on Mondays when the majority of swimmers attend one of ten sessions with varying abilities. We hold additional teaching and training sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

 

Senior gala

The club's senior gala will be held on Monday 19th November. There will be no sessions for width swimmers on this night. All length swimmers are invited to compete - please let the payment desk know if you're coming. More details will be on the next newsletter.

 

Our competitive members regularly swim in local and regional galas in the North East, and in some national galas around the country.

 

We are affiliated to Swim England and are an affiliated member of the Royal Lifesaving Society.

 

Our club has held both Swim England's SwimMark accreditation (formerly Swim21) and the Sport England Clubmark accreditation since 2009.

 

If you want to join our club please read the information in the About Us section of the website, then follow the instructions in the Join Us section.

 

 

 

 

The club is entirely run by a small dedicated group of volunteers. We are pleased to accept an offer of help from any adult (subject to the completion of a DBS check) at any time.

All of our volunteers have signed up to Swim England's code of ethics, and everyone with direct access to the swimmers has completed and passed a DBS check (Disclosure & Barring Service) and an appropriate 'Safeguarding and Protecting Children' course.

We have many different jobs to do, from teaching a session to completing the register on a training night. If you feel that you could give some time each week to help to run the club, please approach our head coach Darren or any of the existing volunteers.

Please note that all adults assisting the club are unpaid volunteers, but the club is committed to assisting its volunteers in gaining any necessary training or experience required to properly fulfill their role.

We have a couple of requirements for specific roles to ensure the smooth running of the club:

  • Chairperson
    The chairperson must have been regularly actively assisting the club for a period not less than one year, and should be familiar with the weekly, monthly and yearly operations of the club. The chairperson is elected during an AGM.
  • Secretary
    The secretary must have been regularly actively assisting the club for a period not less than one year, should be familiar with the weekly, monthly and yearly operations of the club, and must work-shadow the previous secretary for no less than 6 months. The secretary is elected during an AGM.
  • Treasurer
    The treasurer must have been regularly actively assisting the club for a period not less than one year and must have no prior criminal convictions. The treasurer is elected during an AGM.
  • Head Coach
    The head coach must have been actively coaching in the club for a period not less than a year.

 

The club asks that if a volunteer wishes to leave their role, they give the club as much notice as possible. At minimum, this should be three months for a teachers role or similar, or six months for an executive member post. During this time a replacement will be selected from the available volunteers, or the club will attempt to enlist a suitable volunteer. The new volunteer should work-shadow the existing person to learn the role. Any required training course(s) will also be completed within this time. Other volunteers may take on the responsibilities of the role in the interim.

  

 

Sessions

Monday night is our main 'club night'. All members of the club swim in one of the club night sessions every week (during school term time) in one of ten sessions. The schedule for club night is:

Session

Time

Pool area

1A

5.30pm – 6.00pm

Shallow end (first division)

1B

5.30pm – 6.00pm

Shallow end (second division)

1C

5.30pm – 6.00pm

Shallow end (third division)

2A

6.00pm – 6.30pm

Shallow end (first division)

2B

6.00pm – 6.30pm

Shallow end (second division)

2C

6.00pm – 6.30pm

Shallow end (third division)

3

5.35pm – 6.20pm

Deep end

4

6.30pm – 7.15pm

Entire pool (4 lanes)

5

7.15pm – 8.00pm

Entire pool (4 lanes)

6

8.00pm – 9.00pm

Entire pool (4 lanes)

For length sessions, the session time gets later as the ability gets higher.

 

Our current schedule for additional sessions is:

Day

Time

Type

Tuesday

7pm – 8pm

Training

Wednesday

7pm – 8pm

Training

Thursday

7pm – 7.30pm

Teaching

7pm – 8pm

Lane teaching

7.30pm – 9pm

Training

Friday

7pm – 7.30pm

Teaching

7pm – 8pm

Lane teaching

7pm – 8pm

Training (CA pool)

8pm – 9pm

Training (school pool)

 

'Teaching' sessions are for anyone in club night sessions 1, 2 or 3 (anyone who swims between 5.30pm - 6.30pm on Mondays). These are all width sessions.
'Lane teaching' sessions are for anyone in club night sessions 4 or 5 (unless you have been invited to attend a different time by your teacher).
'Training' sessions are for anyone in club night session 6, and anyone that competes in external galas with the club.

If you are not sure which sessions you should attend, ask your teacher.

 

 

Session entry requirements

The table below shows the rough entry requirements for each session. Please note that these are not set in stone, and it is up to the session teacher or the admissions assessor to decide which session a swimmer goes to. We do not accept suggestions from swimmers, parents or guardians regarding session entry or progression.

Session

Requirements

1A or 2A

No requirements

1B or 2B

Water confidence without swimming aids. The ability to swim a full width comfortably with the face in the water. To be able to submerge completely without assistance. Good basic technique.

1C or 2C

Water confident, frontcrawl and backcrawl with a good body position. Breaststroke can be attempted. The ability to comfortably swim multiple widths unaided.

3

Water confident and able to swim in deep water unaided. Swimmers must demonstrate correct frontcrawl breathing and swim backcrawl with good body position and reasonable arm action. Demonstrate a basic understanding of breaststroke and butterfly.

4

Complete water confidence and the ability to perform frontcrawl, backcrawl and breaststroke with good technique and style. Butterfly can be attempted. Swimmers must be able to maintain this standard of swimming for distances greater than one length. Swimmers should be able to safely enter deep water.

5

Complete water confidence and the ability to swim a minimum of 2 lengths continuously. Swimmers must be able to maintain a good standard (as defined by the ASA) of frontcrawl, backcrawl and breaststroke over sustained periods of swimming. Swimmers should be able to safely enter deep water using a variety of methods, and must be able to attempt tumble turns.

6

Complete water confidence and a sufficient level of water fitness to enable them to take part in training sessions. Swimmers must show a basic understanding of racing starts and turns and have good general water skills. Swimmers should be able to safely enter deep water using a variety of methods.

Our club is about more than just swimming lessons. Members and their supporters are welcomed into a community that celebrates the spirit of friendship and camaraderie.  We learn together, we train together and we play together.

It's always different but in the past we've had Christmas parties, summer barbecues, barn dances, magicians, big screen games, fancy dress parties and family trips. There is something for everyone throughout the year whether it be a theme park trip or watching your favourite teacher making a fool of themselves on the karaoke.

Some of the events are open to only our members (the swimmers), but most are open to the whole family. Check back here often for information on upcoming events. 

 

      

 

 

This article appeared in June 2014 when we celebrated National Volunteer's Week

 

He'res an article from July 2013, in recognition of our recent Swim21 re-accreditation and awards night: