The Academy - Learn to Swim 'Competitively'
Join us in building the future of Competitive swimming!
Here at Sutton and Cheam Academy we help young swimmers develop their
skill of swimming in the hope they enjoy it and proceed to join our competitive
We provide fun and engaging sessions where the kids are able to get the
best out of themselves whilst enjoying swimming at the same time.
What do we offer
Sutton and Cheam's Academy teaching programme follows a structured progression
from beginner to pre-competition through skill and fitness development.
We run Sessions at Sutton High school for girls from Monday to Friday.
18:00 - 18:30
Bronze 1 - This group focuses on swimming up to 7m with confidence
as well as learning the basic technique for all four strokes. This session
includes contrast activities where they build upon their confidence through
a range of skills such as: forward rolls, jumps into the water, dives
Bronze 2 - This group has the confidence to swim in the deep
end and focuses on building good technique over a longer distance of 18m.
Their skills will be challenged as we look to improve their basic knowledge.
We also try to increase range of motion through dives and forward rolls.
Silver 1 - This group tests a swimmer'ss ability across the whole
length of the pool - although we take our time we ensure it is quality
over quantity. Their technique is improved to help them across the length,
we also look to improve their dives into the water as well as introduce
them into tumble turns.
18:30 - 19:10
Silver 2 - From Silver 1 to silver 2 is a slight jump in the distance
they swim. We work their distance a little more ensuring good technique
is displayed over a number of lengths by training their stamina. We are
also developing their ability to dive into the water confidently up to
racing standards as well as building their confidence to tumble turn.
Gold 1 - in this class, the swimmers will be doing more lengths
whilst being introduced to 'squad type sessions'. They will also learn
how to read a clock for rest as well as understanding a set. We are still
refining technique and making minor adjustments. Here we are also perfecting
dives and tumble turns - ensuring swimmers are confident in doing them.
Gold 2 - Our gold 2 group are now training all their strokes in
a 'squad like' training session with sets. We are refining their ability
but now focusing on being fast whilst showing good technique that has
been practised. Swimmers would be doing tumble turns at every possible
moment and practising dives for events, should they progress into our
Joining the Academy
If you're interested in joining the academy, you are invited to attend
a free water trial. Trials are normally held on either Tuesday, Wednesday
or Friday. We host trials both in the first session or the second session
depending on the ability of the swimmer. If you would like to book an
assessment, please email the swimmer's name, age and the swimmer's ability
to arrange a suitable time.
To join the academy, swimmers must first be able to swim a minimum of
5m recognised front crawl and backstroke unaided and have an understanding
of breaststroke kick. They should also have a keen interest in taking
their swimming further.
Attending the Assessment
When you have booked, please come along as arranged with a swimming costume,
goggles and a towel and we will assess the swimmer's ability. During the
trial, swimmers will be asked to swim some of the following strokes:
Butterfly (basic only)
After the assessment, accepted swimmers will be placed in the appropriate
training group for their ability and development.
Applicants are then required to return a completed application form to
Once accepted, membership and training fees will become due. These fees
will depend on the squad and number of swims per week selected.
Demand for places is high and so we do have waiting lists for specific
groups and days. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis
as they become available.
We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to our club!