Rookie Squad

Where Stars of the Future begin their Journey

Rookie Squad is our entry level into competitive swimming
We have limited places available and therefore, at the end of completing Stage 8,
swimmers are selected to join - training twice a week

Rookie Squad training sessions:
Monday   7pm-7.45pm at St Johns Pool, Tunbridge Wells
Friday     7.10pm-7.55pm at Somerhill Pool, Tonbridge

Last minute changes to training sessions are not communicated on this page.  Members will receive an email or please check Twitter on the home page

Useful Information:
 Where we train: 
Click Here
Further information and Fees: email: Membership Enquiry
Kit required: Click Here

Criteria for Rookie Squad Swimmers:


  • must be competent in Front Crawl, Backstroke, Breaststroke and will have basic Butterfly skills. They will be able to dive, tumble turn and have a basic understanding of all starting/turning/finishing techniques. They will have good stamina;
  • must commit to attending the training session/s, show good discipline, a positive attitude and be keen to progress to the next level;
  • entry age will generally be age 10 years and under (at the discretion of the coach);
  • must be able to swim 800m continuously;
  • must do their best to attend Club Time Trial sessions which (held approx every 6 weeks); and
  • must represent the Club at team galas when selected. It is a fantastic achievement to make team selection, so please fulfil this commitment.

In order to gain race experience, we encourage swimmers to:
- enter Club Championships (held in Oct/Nov); and
- enter Novice Galas and Level 3/4 Open Meets.

For Parents' Guide to Galas, click here:

For Forthcoming Open Meets, click here:

You can speak to your coach for further advice.

At the end of each term - approx. end of March/July/Dec, swimmers will be selected to remain in Rookie Squad, or moved to Bronze, based on aptitude, discipline and commitment. It should be noted that places in these squads are limited.

Our Aim for Rookie Squad Swimmers:

  • To encourage and inspire young swimmers along the journey into competitive swimming in a fun and friendly club environment.
  • To advance and build on the stroke technique swimmers have already developed.
  • To improve dives and starting/turning/finishing techniques.
  • To teach how to train effectively. We will teach the importance of ‘warming up and warming down’, how to ‘read the clock’ for training purposes and also important lane discipline skills.
  • To build on endurance/stamina and basic speed.
  • To build on swimmers’ discipline and commitment level
  • To encourage participation in competitive racing that is suitable for their ability.
  • To provide general mentoring and advice for early years’ competitive swimming.

 Our aim is for every swimmer to reach their full potential

(web page updated 10/04/2018)

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