How to become a competitive swimmer and finding an English clubMay 17, 2016 Get Started
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Whether you are an aspiring athlete with disabilities or not the process of becoming a competitive swimmer – whether as a pool swimmer or an open water swimmer – is the same: learn to swim and join a club.
Starting at swimming lessons
At swimming lessons in your local pool you should follow the ASA Learn to Swim Pathway. You start by earning swimming badges and certificates for Stages 1-7.
While working through these stages you can earn awards such as the Preliminary Competitive Start Award to help you start developing as a competitive swimmer.
The real focus on starting to learn to compete is when you take Stages 8-10. By the time you reach Stage 10 you will be completing a set lasting 1600m with timed turn-arounds, swimming 1500m continuously, and performing a relay.
Become a competitive swimmer – join a club
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To take your competitive swimmer aspirations to the next level your best opportunity is to join an ASA affiliated club, and become a member of the ASA through the club. This will give you expert tuition and guidance, and ensure you have a structure that enables you to develop as a swimmer.
It is the same if you want to get into open water swimming. There aren’t really open water clubs, you do it as part of a pool swimming club. You will get expert tuition, guidance, and the chance to develop as a swimmer.
If you are a swimmer with a disability seeking to enter Para-Swimming then look out for Hub Clubs. These provide assessment opportunities to become a Para-swimmer and are located at local swimming clubs. Read more about Hub Clubs and how to contact them here.
Don’t forget that when seeking a club choose one with swim21 Club Accreditation. This is a ‘quality mark’ from the ASA and shows the club is committed to helping athletes, teachers, coaches and administrators continually improve and reach their full potential.
Finding a swimming club in England
There are two ways to find a club:
- Use Pool Finder to locate your local pool with clubs and get in contact. Use our Pool Finder look up – which will be either at top right of the page or below if you are on mobile. Simply put in your postcode and then filter for swimming clubs
- Let us do the hard work for you. Fill in the form below and someone will be in contact with details of your nearest club.