We hope this page helps answer some of your queries.


Not receiving emails? Many emails from the club are sent out from hotmail accounts. To make sure that you receive these, please add the email addresses for the Club Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer to your address book. For details please see the contact us page.

Do you have any questions or comments? Not sure who to ask? Got a burning issue you think needs addressing? The committee and coaching and teaching teams are always interested in know what you think about the club.Please write your comments and post in the suggestion box on the noticeboard or email, in confidence, to debensc.chairperson1@hotmail.co.uk

Where can I find lost property? Lost property can be found in the poolside crate (ask a coach) or the pool staff may have it so ask at the desk.

Squads and Galas

How do I know if I have moved squads? You will recieve a letter at your training session telling you when and where you train with your new squad.

How do I know if I can go to a Gala? If you have been selected to swim for the club in a Gala you will be contacted by the Head Coach, usually by email, asking if you are available (there are no forms to fill in). Details of “Open” Galas will be emailed to you when you have reach the required level, and require you to complete an entry form and enclose a cheque.

What do I need to take to a Gala? Visit our Information for swimmers page it will tell you this and much more.

What are BAGCATS?

How many sessions should my child swim a week? The numbers of sessions are based around the goals of each squad and from information from British Swimming based on Long Term Athlete Development. The annual training plan is devised for each cycle of the training season for each squad to incorporate the swimmers individual goals and needs. The cycle is broken down further into a monthly schedule based on the annual plan and cycles and then again into weekly and finally each session. All sessions are progressive and each have a purpose to ensure the swimmers are at their best at the end of that particular cycle. Therefore if your goal is to be the best you can you need to aim to attend 70% or higher of the available sessions to you, if your goal is to be the best you need to aim to attend 85% or higher of the available sessions to you.

How many competitions should my child enter each season? The Junior Squad should be entering all Time Trial Meets and Novice Meets to get qualification times to enter the Level 3 & 4 Open Meets as they progress. No more than four per season. The Development Squads should be entering all Time Trials and Level 3 Open Meets together with the league meets they are selected for. No more than six per season.  The performance squads will have a structured competition calendar which will include a Long Course Meet L2 & L3, a meet that is a low level meet for them to achieve at, a meet that is difficult for them to achieve at, a benchmark meet, major meets together with League meets etc. No more than 12 per season. The coaching team will advise you on which meets to enter as the season goes on.

Can my child do other sports? The answer is Yes! At a Junior and Development Level children are encouraged to do all sorts and keep fit and healthy. A cross training of sports at this age and level is vital for the swimmers development. The impact of other sports comes around the teenage years when swimmers are at a level where they are swimming at County/Regional level and their time spent in the pool is considerably more! This depends on the swimmers goals and the choices they make at this stage that will determine whether those goals are reached or not. Unfortunately playing another sport doesn’t compensate for time missed in the water – it can help short term but long term the swimmers water fitness and strength will deteriorate which is where the choices come into play and there is no easy answer, it’s about finding the right balance and that will be different for each individual! Once swimming has been chosen as their main competitive sport then that’s where  the commitment starts!

Why is there movement within the structure to be moved up as well as down a squad?Swimming is for everyone and we provide an environment where we give everyone of differing abilities the chance to swim for either: leisure, fitness or chosen competitive sport.
We all know that children develop at different times and at different rates so no two twelve year olds are the same! Therefore a child swimming at the age of fourteen in the Age Group Performance Group should be looking to be moved into the Performance Squad but because they are a late developer and physically cannot reach the entry standard the pathway allows them to stay in the Age Group Performance group at the Head Coaches discretion based on current performance, attendance and seasonal times or to move to the Youth Squad, where they can be monitored and a development plan put into play until such a time they get through the growth spurt that is needed to develop the strength to get the Performance entry times. Also it gives those in Performance squad the chance to go into the Youth Squad during exam times to take the pressure off their swimming to concentrate on their school work. They are then invited back into the Performance squad once they feel ready. Having this two way structure gives the flexibility for all swimmers to develop and overcome any injuries etc without the need for stopping the sport they love to do! It also shows real strength of character to take a step back in order to progress forward!

What if I don’t agree with the Head Coach’s decision? We all want what’s best for our children and we can understandably get caught up in what we think is best based on emotional feelings. It’s hard to see your child upset that they haven’t been put into the squad they wanted to be. If a swimmer is to be moved out of a squad the Head Coach will talk to that swimmer first and explain how the coach sees how that swimming is currently training, a period of time will be given for the swimmer to improve. The parents will be spoken to by the coach if there is no improvement and a plan will be put into place to help the swimmer achieve. If all this fails the swimmer will be moved until such a time that the swimmer reaches the required standard. If at this time you are not happy with the process and you feel it’s the right thing to do for your child you can start a formal complaints procedure and put in writing to the Chairman your complaint. The bottom line is do you trust your Head Coach to do the best for the swimmer?

When should my child specialise in a stroke? It’s important not to fall into the trap of thinking that your child has won the County 200FC at the age of ten so that must mean they are a freestyler! At age group swimming the IM is the only stroke!! What a swimmer likes to swim is classed as their No1 stroke but at Age Group swimming the IM is the most important to develop. As the swimmer gets older you will find their strokes change and while one becomes more prominent one season another may appear to be more prominent another season! The swimmer will “grow” into their specialist stroke and it will become clearer around the age of 15-16yrs but real specialisation in strokes and events won’t take place until after this time!

Any questions which you would like to know the answers to, or feel it would be a useful “FAQ” for others, please email Steve Moores (our Head Coach).

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