Badge Skills / Teaching
Not everyone likes to compete and we will support you in whichever direction you wish your swimming to take.
Here at Wareham & District swimming club we give the swimmers the option, to join our teaching side to the club or the competitive squads.
We follow the STA International learn to swim programme ( ILSP ) and will take swimmers from the angel fish series right through to the Platinum awards.
From age 13+ we can invite you on to poolside, to help the teachers and work towards the young volunteer award, then possibly onto taking a teaching qualification.
We hold an annual distance swim and this is the time to test yourselves and see how far you can swim without stopping.The distance badge series comprises a range of 20 awards that reward distance and stamina over distances from 5 meters to 5,000 and can be used for further incentive throughout the ILSP.
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Minimum Criteria to Join.
We are a very open club with just under 150 swimming members aged from 7.
Demand for places is high and parents are advised to apply early for a place in our assessment evenings.
These are help 3 times a year, January, April & September.
The club's minimum entrance criteria are that swimmers should:
Swim 25 metres of back crawl
Swim 25 metres of a recognised front stroke, either front crawl or breaststroke
Swim 5 metres, dolphin leg kick on front
Swim 5 metres, dolphin leg kick on back
Be able to tread water for 30 seconds.
Be able to do a forward somersault
Have an interest in progressing swimming.
When carrying out the assessments the final decision is down to the head teacher and the team of teachers.
If your child has a disability or additional needs, please speak to us, regarding their requirements and we will be able to advise whether this is something we are able to offer or whether we can suggest an alternative club that has the correct facilities or knowledge and experience.
When attending an assessment:
Please come along with suitable swim wear, we encourage girls to wear a full costume or kneesuit, boys to wear jammers or trunks, ( no loose shorts or bikini's), Goggles are required. Swim hats preferred but not essential, a towel and a bottle of water.
We will assess the swimmer's ability.
During the trial:
Swimmers will be asked to swim some of the following strokes:
Butterfly (basic only)
What happens next:
Accepted swimmers will then be placed in the appropriate training group for their ability and development.
If your swimmer is to be placed into one of our competitive squads, our Head coach will invite them along to a session to see where they best fit within the various squads, depending on age and ability.
Applicants are then required to return a completed session acceptance form to the club.
Once accepted, membership and training fees will become due.
These fees are payable monthly by standing order.
We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to our club!