FAQs About Joining a Swimming Club
Joining a Swimming Club
Swimming Club General Information
Most clubs will hold regular training sessions for your convenience. Each new member will be assessed based on skill and stamina and then recommended a squad, within the club, to be a part of. New club members are then encouraged to attend these sessions, to improve their technique, endurance and overall swimming ability.
A majority of clubs also run social events and club nights, which provide opportunities to race fellow club mates, in a fun environment. For those who enjoy competing, there are also a number of club, regional and Queensland conducted meets that allow you to race against other individuals throughout the State and to represent your club, together with your club team.
You will be charged a fee in order to join a swimming club in Queensland. This will cover the registration for membership with the club, the region, Swimming Queensland and Swimming Australia; including insurance and administration expenses. Club fees will vary slightly from club to club and region to region.
All children 12 years and under, who join a club affiliated with Swimming Queensland, receive a New Member Kit.
Junior Dolphin members receieve special membership discounts. Swimmers 7 years are under are entitled to FREE membership fees, while swimmers 8 years old are entitled to HALF PRICE membership fees.
Goggles are always an ideal purchase for a new swimmer. Goggles help you see clearly under water and they protect your eyes from the chlorine in the pool.
The training sessions that the club provides may also need to be paid for. There is also a small fee for some events to assist with their running and to raise funds for the club. Remember, most clubs are run by volunteers giving up their time.
If you get serious about your swimming, you may like to purchase fins, paddles and a pull buoy to assist your training. It is always best, however, to check with your coach regarding the appropriate equipment to use before purchasing it. Many clubs will supply all the equipment necessary.
As with any sport, not practicing swimming, can be detrimental to both one’s skill level and also fitness level. It is important that swimmers continue to practise their skills/technique, regardless of the climate, as this is most beneficial to a swimmer’s development. As a general rule, indoor pools are heated and therefore, if your child is training at an indoor pool, the weather should have a minimal impact on their swimming development.
There are numerous activities within the club environment that swimmers or parents can do, once settled into the sport of swimming. Some of these include:
- Join the club’s team of volunteers: cook the BBQ; maintain equipment; raise money; be a team manager; write the newsletter; join the committee; be a car pool driver; sell programs, etc. Most clubs are operating thanks to the tireless help of volunteers. Swimming Queensland thanks the hardworking group of volunteers throughout all swimming clubs in the State.
- Officiating: become a Timekeeper, Referee, Starter, or Announcer, to assist your club in running their meets.
- Coaching: Swimed, the educational division of the Australian Swim Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA), conducts numerous coaching courses throughout the year.
- Competition: there are numerous competitions for swimmers to test themselves against the clock.
Information regarding upcoming meets can be found at your club or through the Swimming Queensland Calendar of Events