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Sunday evening – technique sessions

Tina is restarting her technique focused sessions in the second hour of our Sunday evening sessions at the Hewett pool. Tina will run a coached session 5pm to 6pm and swimmers can continue with a normal session 6pm to 7pm whilst Tina will run a technique session 6pm to 7pm (timetable below).  The sessions will go back to the basics and will consist of 25m and 50m practices (with the exception of the last pacing session). 

Swimmers can:

  • Choose which of the technique sessions they want to join, no commitments
  • Arrive at 5pm to attend the coached first hour and move to the technique session in the second hour
  • Arrive to join the technique session at 6pm
  • Arrive at 5pm to attend the coached first hour and continue with a standard session set by Tina in the second hour
  • Arrive at 6pm to join the second hour of the standard session

EAST Technique sessions 

Sunday 6.00pm – 7.00pm at the Hewett

To be run alongside the normal training session

DateSession
3rd
April
Skills – Push and glide all strokes, streamline position, swim speeds, FC touch turns
10th AprilFC – Body positions, kick, breathing, timing
17th AprilFC – Arms, drills, body rotation
24th AprilFC – Tumble turns and finishes
1st
May
BC – Body position, rotation, timing, kick set, 
8th
May
BC – Arms, drills, finishes
15th MayBC – Tumble turns and starts
22nd MayDive session
29th MayBRST – Kick, timing, breathing
5th
June
BRST – Arms, drills, finishes
12th JuneBRST – Starts and turns including underwater sequence
19th JuneFLY – Body position, undulation, timing
26th June FLY – Arms, drills, timing
3rd
July
FLY – Starts, turns and finishes
10th JulyDive session
17th JulyPacing practice (50m, 100m, 200m)

Membership Renewal 2022

As some of you are already aware, due to financial implications, we have decided to increase the annual club membership fee to £40 this coming year. Monthly payment options will also increase by £2.50 per month to £30.00 for up to 2 sessions per week and to £40.00 per month for limitless sessions per week. This change will come into effect from January 2022, therefore we would ask you to update your monthly standing order for the correct amount from January 2022.

Deadline for Renewal, as always, is the end of January/early February 2022. Will has been working on an online renewal process for those of you who are regular swimmers and use the Swymmr booking system. Starting from January 1st 2022, when you log into the booking system a renewal page will be displayed and you can complete your renewal online (payment is still made via bank transfer per the instructions you’ll see on the website and attached form). Alternatively, you can still renew in the usual fashion by emailing me the attached form:

If you need to pay by cheque, please hand it directly to Phill Moulson (our club treasurer), any coach or a committee member at a club session.

Non-Renewals – If you decide not to continue swimming with us in 2022, please do let me know so that I don’t keep hassling you for a renewal form. If you have any feedback or reasons for leaving the club, please do let us know.

If you have any questions, please do email me – membership@swallowtails.co.uk. I hope that you all have a great Christmas and look forward to seeing you all back in the pool in 2022. Again, we thank you all for your continued support.

Best wishes,

Louise Morca – Membership Secretary

Sportspark reopening from 21st June 2021

The Sportspark pool is due to reopen and our first session back has been confirmed as Monday 21st June, followed by Saturday 26th June and thereafter on its usual schedule. These sessions are now available to book on the Swymmr system. The current version of the Training schedule can be seen at Training. All sessions will need booking on the Swymmr booking website.

Restart to EAST training

The ‘New Normal’

It should come as no surprise that returning to training is going to be a new experience for all of us. While some of the procedures may sound onerous, our hope is that in reality they will be fairly straightforward to follow and if we all do our bit, swimming should still be the same sport we all know and enjoy. To highlight a few of the new rules that will be in place at all venues:

  • Swimmers will need to arrive with their swimwear on, “beach style”, and leave the same way (or remove swimwear on poolside under clothing).
  • Members should shower at home before and after sessions.
  • Where permitted by the venue, members must bring and use their own accessories (kick boards, pull buoys etc.). Equipment may not be shared with other swimmers.
  • No changing lanes once in the pool.
  • Maintain distance from other swimmers while on poolside and within the pool when not actively swimming.

In following these guidelines, please be mindful that some members are more vulnerable than others and therefore even if you have a fairly relaxed attitude towards catching Covid-19, we need all members to adhere to the rules so that everyone feels comfortable attending our sessions. At all sessions, the coaches will be aware of the guidelines and will be enforcing them to keep everyone safe.

Online Booking

Part of the ‘new normal’ is the requirement for all members to sign up for sessions in advance using our new online booking facility. Due to limitations on lane capacity, it is not practical to allow swimmers to just turn up to sessions as we would have to turn away anyone who we could not accommodate. You can register and access the booking system here: Swymmr.com

A few members have trialled it already and reported that it is fairly straightforward to use, but here are some basic instructions you can follow:

  1. Visit Swymmr.com and click the Register link at the top of the screen.
  2. Enter your email address, full name and a password into the boxes, and check the box to indicate you have read and understood all the information in the attached documents.
  3. You should receive a confirmation email within a few minutes, click the link in the email to activate your account.
  4. After activating your account, click the ‘Login’ link and enter your email address and password.

To make a booking:

  1. From the home screen, click the large blue “View / Book Sessions” button.
  2. A list of upcoming sessions for the next fortnight will be shown, along with how many spaces are still available. To book a session, click the green “View/Book” button.
  3. You will be presented with a list of lane options. Choose the most appropriate lane for your ability level and click the green “Book Now” button.
  4. After checking the information is correct, click “Confirm Booking” to make the reservation.
  5. You should receive an email confirmation of the booking.

To view/cancel existing bookings:

  1. From any screen, click the “Your Bookings” link at the top of the page.
  2. A list of your upcoming bookings will be shown (if any).
  3. To cancel a booking, click the red “Cancel Booking” button
  4. You will see a confirmation page. If you still want to cancel, click the red “Confirm Cancellation” button.
  5. You should receive an email confirmation of the cancellation.

Kind regards,

Will Appleby

EAST Membership Secretary