FAQs

General Info

How do I join the club?

Either fill in our contact form or email us and we’ll get in touch to explain how you can join.

How can I help the club?

If you want to help the club, we have a variety of ways you can do it! From poolside help, judging, coaching courses or admin and supporting tasks. If you feel you can help, please contact Cindy Cape at cindyacape@aol.com.

Do I need to swim competitively to be a part of ESC?

No, ESC is an inclusive club. All swimmers are welcome and we have squads to cater for differing aspirations. All we ask is for you to immerse yourself in club events and be part of the team.

When will my child move up to the next swimming group?

The lead coach for your child’s squad is the best person to ask. Each squad has a set of criteria and children are not moved into the next squad until they’re ready. This is based on age and ability. A brief outline of the criteria can be found on the squads page.

What are time trials?

Time trials are less frequently used at ESC these days. We may hold a time trial during a regular session. This will be where swimmers are timed over a specific distance. The distance will be determined by the squad. The times are then recorded on swim club manager and are used when assessing the swimmer’s ability for competitions and squad moves. These are conducted less frequently as most swimmers update their times regularly by attending galas, external meets and club championships.

When will my child learn how to do a competitive start?

Swimmers will consistently be practising skills to achieve an effective dive during training sessions. When swimmers join at our introductory stage they will develop the competitive dive naturally and achieve their competitive start award when coaches are confident all the skills have been achieved. For swimmers joining late to the club (entering higher squads) they will be taught these skills in sessions and their competency tested. This may require additional sessions to achieve.

What equipment does my child need?

Goggles

A popular question due to children worrying about goggles coming off when diving. I personally wear Speedo Futura BioFuse goggles and would certainly recommend them for the ‘flexiseal’ around the eyes.

Here is a link to an Ebay seller for junior versions of the goggles.

Hats

Club swimming hats can be ordered online from Birdseye Sports. If you would like a personalised swimming hat we are now taking orders for them. Please reply (to me) or speak to Cindy Cape, stating the quantity you require and the name you wish to be printed on the hat. Please ensure that there are no errors as we can not change them once they have been printed! Cindy will also try and place an order form on the notice board to assist with orders. The cost per hat is £7.50 and payment must be made into the club account by BACS or via cheque. Please place all cheques into the club post box at the leisure centre, made payable to ‘Evesham Swimming Club’.

Fins, Kick Boards and Pull Buoys

These are essential pieces of equipment for all training sessions. All equipment can be purchased from Birsdeye Sports and we may be able to get these items added to our Club Shop.

Water Bottles

Water bottles are essential to have at all events and training sessions. We do not have any official ESC water bottles nor are any listed in our Club Shop. Any bottles are absolutely fine as long as each swimmers has a water bottle at every session/event. Swimmers should not bring energy drinks to sessions.

T-Shirts / Hoodies / Bags

Again, these items can be purchased from Birdseye Sports via our Club Shop.

Swimming Costumes

Although there are swimming costumes on our Club Shop it is not essential that swimmers have an ESC costume. We are very happy for swimmers to source their own preferred style of costume. At most meets there are opportunities to purchase such items in the event shop.

Competitions

What is a PGL gala? 

PGL is an exciting swimming league where the children are selected to represent the club. Points are allocated to each swimmer (or relay team) based on their position in the race. The higher the placing, the more points they get.

There are 4 rounds in total, and if we score enough points, we hopefully make the finals!

What is a speeding ticket?

In PGL galas, every race has a time limit on it. If the swimmer records a time that is faster than the time limit, they are disqualified! It sounds strange, but this prevents events being won by the massive city clubs and gives us smaller clubs a fighting chance! It is also a great competition to allow the club to develop our swimmers and give them vital experience of competing.

What are summer/winter champs and how do I enter?

Summer and Winter championships are both intra-club competitions – swimmers within ESC compete against each other to get used to a competitive environment. The summer champs are focussed on shorter distances and all times are recorded on swim club manager. Winter champs are focussed on longer distances.

Entry forms are sent out via SCM, with full details on the events, the rules and how to enter.

What are open meets, and should I enter them?

An open meet is a competition where a swimmer can swim competitively as an individual. We tend to enter a lot of open meets as a club so swimmers are as a team but achievements are recognised as individual successes. Any swimmer can enter, provided their time falls within the time bracket specified by the host club and you are CAT 2 registered. We encourage our swimmers to gain as much experience as possible by entering a range of events at open meets – not just your favourite stroke every time you swim!

What is being CAT 2 Registered?

Swimmers who only want to swim at club level at Evesham only need to be CAT 1. Swimmers wishing to represent the club and swim competitively at Open Meets need to be CAT 2. This is a level of insurance for each swimmers provided by Swim England. Annual fees are due in January of each year.