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What Insurance does the club hold?

Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club is insured through the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) scheme, which covers all affiliated clubs whether for swimming or water polo. The cover includes Civil liability, Employers' Liability, Personal Accident and Legal Expenses Insurance in respect of any activity recognised and/or authorised by the Amateur Swimming Association anywhere in the world.

The cover embraces all officials, staff, advisers, committees and all members of affiliated Clubs (UK residents only) whilst participating in any ASA approved activity.

A copy of the club's Employers Liability Certificate 2019/2020 is displayed on this website and in each venue as required by law.

Club members wishing to take part in any activity under the auspices of Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club outside the core activities relating to the disciplines of swimming and water polo, should seek advice from the club secretary in order that any requirements of notification to the insurers can be fulfilled.

If you have any further questions about the club's insurance cover, please contact the club secretary

Are your coaches qualified?

The ASA/IoS encourages all clubs to have appropriately qualified teachers and coaches covering all sessions. All Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club's coaching staff are ASA qualified and our Chief Coach Jim Walker is qualified to UKCC Level 3; as well as being a licenced coach and a member of the Institute of Swimming.

However, "the ASA/IoS also recognises that from time to time clubs may have difficulty in finding volunteers with the appropriate qualifications (especially in the smaller disciplines) and therefore providing the sessions are operated within the standard safety framework, and in line with the procedures laid down by the Pool Operators, the insurance policy (described above) is valid"

Do I have to be a good swimmer to join the club?

No. We have members of all ages and levels. However, if you can already swim one width; you are interested in competitive swimming or water polo and you're looking for a club to join, look no further. We will make you better. Come along for a free trial. We will assess you and place you in the right group for your ability.

What is the joining process?

If you are interested in joining the club, you are invited to attend a free water trial.

Trials are held regularly and you are asked to contact the club directly on to arrange a suitable time. These are normally held on a Wednesday evening at Cheam Leisure Centre, between 7:00 and 7:30 or at Westcroft Leisure on a Monday evening between 6:30 and 7:00.

Can my child race in competitions?

Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club is a competitive club so our aim is to get all members swimming at a level that suits their ability. The Championships in the autumn are open to all club members of all ages and abilities and we encourage everyone to take part. Look out for information on the noticeboards and website. We also run quarterly internal 'Splash' galas to get swimmers used to competing.

When do swimmers move between squads?

Coaches decide on movement of swimmers between the various groups based on continuous assessment during training. We also hold quarterly 'splash galas' to help us identify swimmers who are ready to be moved on to higher groups.

Can I discuss my child's progress with the coaches?

Our coaches will always be happy to talk to you about your child's progress but please don't expect a chat during training sessions when they are busy on the poolside. Please speak to them afterwards or arrange a mutually convenient time for your discussion.

How will I know my child is progressing?

Please ask their coaches as above. You can also come and watch. You'll get to know some of the other parents as well as club officials and helpers. We also run a series of impromptu 'Splash' Galas every 6-8 weeks or so. Times are posted on this website so you will easily be able to keep track of progress.

Can I pay by Direct Debit?

Yes, most people do and it's much easier. If you are interested, please speak to anyone on the table on Wednesday evenings or contact the club secretary at any time.

What equipment will I need?

To get the most out of swimming, swimmers in our Beginners, Improvers 1 & 2 groups need:

  • Swimming costume
  • Swimming hat
  • Goggles
  • Towel

Swimmers in all other groups will need (in addition to the above):

  • Short blade training fins (short flippers)
  • Kick board
  • Pull buoy
  • Hand paddles
  • Drinks bottle

Please note club costumes, club hats and club 'T-bags' must be worn at all events in which the club takes part. Tracksuits are optional. It helps to wear club colours at galas as spectators can see which lane you're in more easily. Swimming hats are compulsory for girls and for boys with long hair.

Can I buy equipment through the club?

Yes, you can buy a variety of swimwear and accessories such as club costumes, hats, tracksuits, sweatshirts, club kit bags etc through the club shop, by emailing Catherine Lewis at

If we haven't got it in stock, we can usually order it.

What are the club colours?

Club colours are red, white and blue.

Can anyone play water polo?

Yes though you need to be fit and fast as it is a very dynamic game. We usually start girls and boys playing mini water polo around the age of 8 or 9 years.

How are teams selected for galas?

Teams are selected for galas on their current form and we try very hard to ensure everyone is given the chance to compete in some galas throughout the year. Some friendly galas are defined as 'B' galas and these give us the chance to try out swimmers who may not normally get a swim.

The club also competes in two leagues, the 'Rother' League and the 'National Swimming League'. League galas are very important to the club as relegation and promotion depends on performance. At these galas we try our best to take the strongest possible team and sometimes we hold time trials to help selection.

How do I find out what times I have achieved?

After each gala or club event, individual times and positions of each swimmer are displayed on the club notice board at Cheam Leisure Centre and also put onto the Fixtures section of this web site.  


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