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Training is carried out in three squads (Squads 1, 2 and 3). Most swimmers start in the training lane of squad 3 and will work their way up through the lanes. When the coaches are satisfied, with times and ability swimmers may progress up into squads 2 and 1.

It is sometimes necessary for the Saturday training session to be cancelled, especially when the Club is hosting a gala, or members are representing the Club in a gala. Cancellations will be posted on the notice board and on Facebook and Twitter

Personal Hygiene and Health

The Club is an advocate of Healthy Living and places particular emphasis on personal hygiene. Due to the nature of swimming it is important that swimmers try to maintain good personal hygiene. Swimmers are reminded to bring the correct swimming kit, showering after sessions and use preventative measures such as varuka socks.

It is important that swimmers do not eat a heavy meal directly before a swimming session and should always stay hydrated by drinking water during a session. Also every training session should be started with a warm-up and ended with a swim-down.

GASC also request on behalf of the Swimming Pool that any spectators wishing to watch from the poolside ensure that shoe covers are worn.

Unfortunately swimming bags are not allowed on the poolside and swimmers are encouraged to use the lockers available in the changing rooms. The Swimming Club is not responsible for any loss of property and it is advised that all kit is labelled to aide return to its appropriate owner.

Training Times

It is important that swimmers arrive in time for the beginning of the training sessions, since these always begin with a warm-up and it is vital for swimmers to prepare properly for a session.

Please check which times are applicable to you with your coach. Wednesday is for Squad 2 swimmers by coach’s invitation only. Thursday AM is by invitation only.

 

Start Time

End Time

Squad 3

Squad 2

Squad 1

Monday

6:00 pm

7:00 pm

X

 

 

 

7:00 pm

8:00 pm

 

X

X

Wednesday

7:30 pm

9:00 pm

 

X

X

Thursday

6:30am

7:30am

 

 

 

 

7:00 pm

8:00 pm

 

X

X

 

8:00 pm

9:00 pm

 

 

X

Friday

5:15 pm

6:15 pm

X

 

 

 

6:15 pm

7:45 pm

 

X

X

Saturday

7:30 am

8:15 am

X

X

X

 

8:15 am

9:00 am

X

X

X

Gala Information:

There are two types of galas that swimmers can participate in, namely Open Galas or Graded Galas. Open galas are open to any swimmers to participate in, provided that they are registered members of Swim England. These are of a high standard and ideal for the faster, more competitive swimmers. Open galas provide swimmers the opportunity to achieve qualifying times for County (Northumberland & Durham), Regional (North Eastern Region) and potentially National Championships. These are the ultimate aim for all competitive swimmers.

To enter a Graded gala, the swimmer must be able to swim the required distance more slowly than a set time. There are a number of different standard of graded galas from the toughest ‘AA’ or ‘A’ graded galas, to those more suitable for swimmers starting out with competitive galas, such as ‘C’ grade galas. These offer an ideal starting point for swimmers to experience a big gala whilst still competing against swimmers of a similar standard. For each grade there are lists of upper and lower qualifying time limits for both boys and girls.

Notice of galas will be posted on the GASC notice board in the pool reception - so check it frequently. Gala information is also posted on Facebook and on Twitter. Often entries for galas have to be submitted several weeks if not months in advance. GASC would encourage all swimmers to experience galas.

When a gala is listed on the notice board it might say that it is a Grade B gala and more often than not will list the maximum or minimum swimming times for each stroke for both boys and girls. If in doubt whether you are eligible to swim in any of the galas ask your coach.

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