Please fill in the form below if your child would like to become a member of our club.

  • Personal details of Swimmer

  • Name of swimmer including Forename and Surname.
  • Details of Parent if Swimmer under 18

  • Does the swimmer have any medical needs (including asthma), or have any allergies? If YES, please provide some details and state medication taken​. (An ASA Medical Registration form may need to be completed under their rules).
  • Permission For Photos

    We may take photographs of your child at the swimming club. We may use these images in our publicity material, or in other printed publications that we produce, as well as on our website or on display boards. We may submit photographs to the local newspapers and swimming magazines. We may also make video recordings for use on the website and as an aid to training. From time to time, the club is visited by the media who will take photographs or film footage of a visiting dignitary or other high profile event. Your child may appear in these images, which may be published in local or national newspapers, or on televised news programmes. To comply with ASA best practice we need your permission before we can photograph your child or make recordings of your child. Please answer questions 1 to 5 below, then sign and date the form where shown.

Terms and Conditions

Please note that websites can be viewed throughout the world and not just in the United Kingdom where UK law applies. I have read and understood the conditions of use.

This Permission form will remain valid until such time as written instructions to the contrary is received by the club from the party concerned.

Many thanks for your enquiry.

As you will see, we are a competitive swimming club which means that we expect our swimmers to be able to compete in galas as soon as they are able to do so (usually once they can swim 25m). They would then be expected to attend at least half the galas for which they were eligible.

Until that level is achieved, our Director of Swimming will provide every opportunity for our members to learn to swim and will introduce members to new strokes (back, breast and butterfly) when it becomes appropriate. We aim to provide swimmers with every opportunity to succeed whatever level they reach. We are an associate member of Special Olympics so that all swimmers, regardless of their level, will have an opportunity to win medals within their ability band. All swimmers with Down Syndrome are eligible to swim in Disability Galas. There is also a National Gala for people with Down Syndrome, in Reading each year, from which the national team are selected. The national GB team have competed in Reading, South Africa, Eire and Portugal. In 2014, the event will be held in Mexico.

Part of our commitment to Special Olympics means that we expect swimmers to attend training at least 26 weeks of the year. We know that family commitments do occur but we want the swimmers to look on the club as a social group of friends which is particularly valuable if the school which they attend cannot provide regular social contacts for them. Sue Buckley from DownsEd particularly recommends this type of social interaction.

COSTS; Annual membership is £50 p.a. plus a termly fee (currently £40.00) which contributes towards insurance, provision of a lifeguard, membership fees to ASA and Special Olympics and any equipment swimmers may need. Once a swimmer can swim 25metres, we would expect that they will have their own personal equipment e.g. float and flippers. NO member of our committee or volunteer is paid. All money will go directly to the club.

In case of hardship, please contact a member of the committee.

Our AGM will be held in June each year.

Our committee (as of June 2014)

Chair: Dominic Trotman

Secretary: Alison Dudley

Treasurer: Ezra Khan

Director of Swimming: Pauline Walker

Welfare Officer:Sara Liddell

Volunteer Co­ordinator: Caroline Edwards

Membership Secretary: Michelle Dight

Dorota Stankiewicz – Publicity Officer


All policies relating to constitution, child protection, health and safety are available to view on our website: If you have any concerns, please also address these to the committee. If you are pleased with how things are going – tell others, if you are not pleased, tell us.