Do I have to compete in galas?
Yes is the short answer! Swimming in galas is the best way to improve and register your times with the ASA. Gala practice is vital for a swimmer and each squad member is expected to enter at least some galas throughout the year. Galas are organised so that all swimmers get the chance to compete at some point.
Can I discuss my child’s progress with the coaches?
Yes you can book appointments with the coaches to discuss your child’s development. You are not allowed to discuss any matters at poolside however as this is against pool etiquette and distracts the coaches from their coaching duties.
What do I have to pay?
You have to pay a monthly fee which covers the cost of the pool hire and the coaches.
You also have an annual fee that is your ASA meembership and Tadcaster Swim Squad Membership
What is a supporter member?
Our constitution says that all swimers must have a Supporter member . This is usually but not necessarily the parent. The supporter member has a right to vote at the AGM and are an essential part of the Swim Squad.
Support at Galas
Parents/carers are welcome to come and spectate at galas. Most galas will charge a fee for entry of about £5. If you cannot attend a gala that your swimmer has entered then please let the team manager know beforehand along with any emergency contact details.
What do I bring to galas?
You’ll need to bring plenty of water and snack. Please be aware of food that cannot be taken for allergy reasons (nuts, kiwis, sesame seeds and strawberries) Guidance on nutrition can be found using the link.
What kit do I need at a gala?
You’ll need a Tadcaster swimming hat, goggles, T-bag shirt, two towels, snacks and plenty water. Some swimmers like to take a pair of crocks or similar. You might also want to bring something to do inbetween events when you are not swimming or supporting your team. You can order kit through the order form on the Swim Squad noticeboard and handing it to a committee member. If no committe member is available you can hand it into reception with payment to be placed in the Squad tray.