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
- 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.
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.