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Swimming classes and training

Q. Swim 21: What is it?

Swim 21 is the ASA's Club Development model - a planning tool, based on the principles of Long Term Athlete Development, supports Clubs to help athletes, teachers, coaches and administrators to achieve their full potential. It focuses particularly on the needs of athletes - striving to provide them with the best possible support and environment. For more information, see the page “Our values” under the menu “About”.

Q. What is Club night?

Friday night is “Club” night, open to all members when we run 30 minute sessions from 7.00 pm to 10.00 pm and attendance at this is covered by your annual membership fee. Swimmers of all ages and abilities will be here and the individual classes are generally more guided towards learning and stroke improvement and less towards stamina and competition.

Q. What are the training times?

Please see “Training times” under the menu “Info”.

Q. Where does training take place?

Apart from Tuesdays, where training is at the Corby East Midlands International pool, members use the facilities provided by the Market Harborough Leisure Centre.

You can find a map of both centres on the page “How to find us” under the menu “About”.

Q. What equipment will I need?

To get the most out of swimming, swimmers need:

  • Swimming costume
  • Goggles
  • Swimming hat (not compulsory but recommanded)
  • Towel

Swimmers in all other groups will need (in addition to the above):

  • Short blade training fins (short flippers)
  • Kickboard and Pullbuoy or a Pullkick
  • Paddles
  • Bottle

Q. Can I buy equipment through the Club?

Yes, you can. On Friday nights (7.45 - 9.00 p.m.), Wendy Flint runs the swim shop where you can buy swimming equipment, including clothing with the MHSC logo. See the menu “Shop” for more details.

Q. How do swimmers progress?

Swimmers are assessed every 12 weeks and will be moved to the next group when the teaching staff know that they are ready to progress to the next group. The move from one group to the next can be very difficult if the swimmers are not properly prepared and are not ‘really’ ready to make the move.

Q. May parents / carers speak to teachers?

Of course – but please bear in mind that they are all volunteers and may have another class to teach or may be on their way home.

Q. How do swimmers get selected for training?

At the invitation of the Club Coach – Ian Johnston.

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