How To Join
Does your child want to take their swimming further and take part in local competitions? Then Thame Swimming Club could be just what you’re looking for, our aim is to help all our members develop their swimming skills and reach their goals, whilst being part of a friendly and fun team.
We ask that anyone applying for a swim trial at Thame Swimming Club should be at Swim England Learn to Swim level 6 or above. Thame Swimming Club holds swimming trials (for swimmers up to the age of 11 unless transferring from another club) most months at Thame Leisure Centre; these trials are run by our Head Coach Mark Sims. If you would like to enquire about a swimming trial for your son/daughter then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org please include your child’s name, age, and swimming ability.
At the trial our Head Coach will assess the swimmer’s ability across all four strokes and his/her 50m freestyle time will be recorded. Following the assessment, the Head Coach will review the results and identify the most appropriate level for the swimmer against the places available in our swim groups:
Fundamentals – see footnote* below
Group 1 – Developer & Training (swimmers joining this level are likely to have attained Swim England Level 6 or higher and can swim 50m [2 lengths] freestyle in approximately 60 seconds)
Group 2 – Competitor
Group 3 – Performance
Group 4 – County & District
The swim trial will run in a separate lane in parallel to a regular Group 1 swimming session, so whilst there your child will also be able to see other swimmers being put through their paces and see what a training session is like.
Please note that as a competitive club with very limited spaces, we cannot guarantee that your child will be offered a place immediately, but we will aim to let you know at the trial or a day or so afterwards.
Please do not let assessment in all four strokes put your child off coming along, as many children are not confident in all the strokes. The club encourages those who are interested to come along and meet the coaches and learn about the club. Their technique will be developed further during training.
There is a training schedule on this website under ‘Training Groups’ which shows the training times for all the above groups.
Our website also contains a wealth of information about Thame Swimming Club and forthcoming special events. This is regularly updated so please do have a look at it.
* Fundamentals: Younger swimmers (aged 7+) are welcome to apply to join our Fundamentals Group. There is no trial for this group however swimmers are required to continue with their weekly Swim England Learn to Swim lessons in addition to the weekly Fundamentals training session. This training group is exclusively for swimmers aged 7 to 9, swimmers are required to move to Group 1 close to their 10th birthday.