Learn to Race

Our Learn to Race section is designed for swimmers who have successfully completed at least Stage 5 of the Swim England National Plan for Teaching Swimming.

The Learn to Race section will guide swimmers in Stages 6 – 8 through more technical aspects of swimming so that they are able to join our successful Squads.

Acceptance into the section will be via a trial session


  • Gemma Collins
  • James Fabian


  • Gemma Collins


  • Gemma Collins
  • James Fabian

All of our teachers and helpers are unpaid. We do, however, aim to have regular teachers on poolside. It is always the case that we are looking for new helpers so if you are regularly watching and feel that you have something to offer please let us know. If you are a qualified swim teacher or have some competitive swimming experience, that would be ideal. However, there are various jobs where swimming knowledge is not required. If you are keen we will find you a job!


  • Tuesday – Stour Centre – 18:45 – 19:15
  • Thursday – Stour Centre – 18:45 – 19:15

To ensure speedy progress through our Learn to Race section, we also aim to offer selected swimmers the option to swim with our Development Squad on Sundays (for free).


if you are interested in your child joining our ‘Learn to Race’ section, please provide the following information when you contact us.

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Has your child completed Learn to Swim Stage 5?
  • If so, where and what is the current stage that they are participating it?


We expect all swimmers to arrive in correct attire and on time ready for each session. All teaching equipment in this section is provided by the club.

  • Boys – swimming trunks or specific swimming shorts (not baggy)
  • Girls – swimming costume
  • Both – swimming goggles and swimming hats if you have long hair


Attendance at all scheduled sessions is compulsory. The absolute minimum expected attendance across any one school term is 80%. In the case of a one-off missed session there is no need to inform the club. However, if your swimmer misses three or more consecutive sessions please let us know the reason so that it can be marked on the register. If your swimmer is missing consecutive sessions without an explanation, we may assume that they have left and the place could potentially be allocated to another person.


All swimmers advance at different speeds and improvement is typically non-linear. It is normal for swimmers to spend longer in some classes and shorter in others and improve in ‘fits and spurts’.

There is a comprehensive assessment process in place, and all swimmers are constantly reviewed. We also run specific assessments, which are carried out regularly across all groups (usually without parent or swimmer knowledge) so we can have a full and true picture of each individual’s progress.

If your child is ready to move at the end of the assessment and there is a space in the next stage, they will be moved.

Club Championships

Our championships are held annually. For swimmers in our ‘Learn to Race’ section we expect all swimmers to participate in their first foray into the world of competitive swimming. These championships are open to all our members, You will also find this in the entry pack information when we send out details around March each year:


  • All four 25m races


  • Three from four 50m races
  • 4x25m IM
  • 100m Freestyle + another 100m event
  • 200m Freestyle