F.A.Q ?

1)  When I join the club what am I expected to pay and when?

Payment is made by Standing Order to Caerphilly County Swim Squad for your sessions with the club – (cost will vary depending on squads).

Swim Wales (WASA) Fees are paid when joining and paid yearly – prices are set by on an annual basis by Swim Wales

Our club secretary will gladly explain all of the above when you come along to the club.

2)  What is a WASA or Swim Wales number and where do I get one from?

When you join the club you will have a number of forms to complete, one of which is a Swim Wales form. Once this form has been processed you will be allocated a Swim Wales (WASA) number. You will need this number to enter your child into competitions. You pay a yearly subscription for WASA membership and it is also your insurance to swim with the club.

3)  How do I know what to buy for training?

It depends what squad your child is in:-

C Squad – costume/goggles /hat/Kick board / pull boy and training fins

B Squad – costume/goggles/hat/kick board/pull buoy and training fins

A and B1 Squad – costume/goggles/hat/kick board/pull buoy/ training fins / snorkel / drag pants (tee shirt)

Its always advisable to have a spare pair of goggles and hat – Hats are compulsory for girls

4)  Where can I buy goggles and club hats, kick boards and pull buoys

The club hold a stock of Swan goggles in various colours priced at £18.00 – £20.00

The club hold a stock of Caerphilly County Swim Squad Hats at £5.00 each, these are needed for competitions.

New members can purchase a Welcome pack that will consist of: a kick board, pull buoy, club hat and mesh bag that are needed for training from the club at £25.00.

5)  Does my child need a skin?

Unless your child is a member of our A and B1 squad we suggest that skins are not essential.

6)  Who decides what squad my child is placed with and who decides when my child can move?

The Head coach will decide when the time is right for your child to move squads. The Head coach sets the performance criteria for each squad and regularly reviews the squad members to ensure that they are placed in the most appropriate squad. The Head coach will decide when the time is right for your child to move squads subject to relevant stroke development and attendance.

7) Can I meet or get in touch with my child’s coach?

You can contact your child’s coach via emailheadcoach@caerphillycountyswimsquad.com at any time.

Our Coaching team are available 10 minutes before training to discuss any concerns you may have.

We ask that wherever possible you do not approach our coaches while they are coaching. It is essential that the coaches spend time coaching.

8) Who do I inform when my child is not able to attend a training session?

You can email the head coach headcoach@caerphillycountyswimsquad.com or our club secretary secretary@caerphillycountyswimsquad.com and they will ensure the relevant coach will be informed.

9) Where do I get entry forms for competitions?

Notification of competitions will appear on this web site.  Entry forms will be available to download from this site.

All forms should be correctly filled in including WASA number. This number will be supplied to you once you have registered with Swim Wales.

10) Where do I get times from to put on entry forms for competitions?

When your child enters a competition it is your responsibility to record their time or times. This information should then be used on entry forms for future competitions (Meets). Every time your child improves their time this then becomes their new P.B (personal best).  All competition results will be available on the web site, however the latest swim may not be your child’s PB, so it is advised to keep records of their times.

11) What does U.C.T and Q.T mean?

Upper Cut Of time (U.C.T) means the time entered cannot be faster.

Qualifying time (Q.T) means the time required to enter.

Different level meets have different entry requirements such as Qualifying Times (Q.T) and Upper Cut off Times (U.C.T)

If your child has bettered the Q.T they will be guaranteed a swim.

C.T – means that if your child has bettered this time but not achieved the Q.T that they can apply to race but if the meet is oversubscribed the promoter may decide to SCR (Scratched) withdrawn. If this happens a refund or credit note will be given.

U.C.T – If a meet is aimed at development swimmers the U.C.T is used to ensure that these seeking to improve their times in these distances those that have bettered the U.C.T are not eligible to swim.

12) Can I enter competitions without times?

Some Level 4 competitions (Meets) will allow your child to enter without times but this will be stated on the entry form.

13) What races should my child enter?

In our lower squads you will be told what to enter. Initially and wherever possible it is a good idea to enter as many races as possible, this will enable your child to enter further galas because you cannot enter races unless specified without a time.

14) What does S.C and L.C mean?

S.C means Short course – 25 metre pool

L.C means Long course – 50 metre pool

15) Who do I hand my competition forms into?

All competition forms should be handed to Olga Fernandez or Briene Keigwin, competition entries secretary the deadline with full payment, times and WASA numbers. No late entries will be accepted.

16) What time do I arrive for a competition?

Swimmers should be poolside at least 15 minutes prior to the start of their warm up, ready to do land training warm up with costume, hat and goggles available.

17) What do I bring for a competition?

Refer to our page ‘competitions for novices’

18) What happens if the pool closes due to adverse weather?

If there is adverse weather conditions or training is cancelled – all squad members will receive a text message – it is important that we hold up to date information on mobile numbers.  We will also endeavor to update the web site where possible and facebook page

19) Can I volunteer to help within the club?

We openly encourage all of our parents to help with the running of our club. Without our volunteers we would not have a club. You can email our Secretary secretary@caerphillycountyswimsquad.com if you are interested in volunteering.

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