How much will it cost?
You will be charged a small fee in order to join a swimming club. This will cover the membership to the club, your state registration, insurance and administration expenses. Club fees will vary slightly from club to club and State to State. New members aged 9-12 will receive a fantastic new ‘Go Swim’ Pack to help them settle into their new club.
What else will I need to pay for?
Goggles are always an ideal purchase for a new swimmer. Goggles help you see clearly under water and 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.
What will I need to do once I join?
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 apart 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 provides opportunities to race your fellow club mates, in a fun environment. For those who enjoy competing, there are also a number of State or association conducted meets that allow you to race against other individuals throughout the State and to represent your club, together with your club team.
What about the Winter months?
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.
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