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Sutton & Cheam Swimming Academy

Academy Entrance Criteria

The club's minimum entrance criteria are that swimmers should:

  • be able to swim 1 width on front and back with a recognised stroke with correct technique
  • have an interest in progressing towards competitive swimming.

Joining the Academy

Demand for places is high and parents wishing to place younger children on our waiting list are encouraged to do so. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis as they become available.


If you are interested in joining our Academy, you are invited to attend a free water trial.
Trials are normally held at Westcroft Leisure on a Monday evening between 6:30 and 7:00, or on a Wednesday evening at Cheam Leisure Centre, between 7:00 and 7:30.

Booking the Assessment

You are asked to book an assessment by contacting the club directly on to arrange a suitable time.

Attending the Assessment

When you have booked, please come along as arranged with 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:

  • Front crawl
  • Backstroke
  • Breaststroke
  • 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 the club.

Once accepted, membership and training fees will become due. These fees will depend on the squad and number of swims per week selected.

We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to our club!


Academy Teaching Programme

Sutton and Cheam Swimming Club's Academy teaching programme and structure follows a structured progression from beginner, through skill and fitness development, to pre-competition..

Swimmers progress through the various levels as they become more proficient. Progression is based on the attainment of specific skills relating to the aims of each group. The coach of each group will continually assess the swimmers' progress and will move them on to the next group when the time is right, following consultation with the parents.


Widths Group 4 concentrates on developing basic safety awareness and confidence, as well as basic movement skills with small class sizes.

Widths Group 3 begins to develop safe entries to the water, including jumping in, basic floating, travelling on front and back up to a distance of 5 metres.

Widths Group 2 includes submersion, travelling up to 10 metres on the front and back, and water safety.

Widths Group 1 increases the range of skills, refines kicking technique for all strokes, and swimming 10 metres to a given standard as directed by Swim England.

Development Group 4 begins the transition to lengths training and further developing technique and water skills as well as performing all strokes for a distance of 10 metres or more to given standard.

Development Group 3 further develops swimming skills including coordinated breathing across all strokes plus swimming a distance of 25 metres and beginning to have an understanding of preparation for exercise.

Development Group 2 continues to build on quality stroke technique up to 100 metres

Development Group 1 begins training over multiple lengths on all strokes as a basis for Pre-competition.


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