Welcome to Coombes Wood Swimming Club!!

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We welcome you to Coombes Wood Swimming Club (CWSC) and would like to take this opportunity, in providing you with some background information regarding the Club.

The Club, in its present formation, was established in May 1980 when a number of people formed a committee and took over the responsibility of running the Club from the previous administration, British Steel Corporation, Coombs Wood Works.

The Club is affiliated to the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) West Midlands.

The aim of the Club is to teach children and young people to swim, improve their water skills/techniques and endeavour to promote water safety awareness, in order that our sport can be enjoyed in a safe and friendly environment.

CWSC is not a competition Club.

We meet every Wednesday evening at Halesowen Leisure Centre, between 8.00 pm and 10.00 pm, utilising both the learner and large pool facilities.

The Club charges a quarterly admission fee which is inclusive of all tuition. In addition to this, an annual administration and insurance fee is charged, which is payable on the 1st January each year. These fees are reviewed periodically and amended as necessary.

Starting at 8.00 pm, swimming lessons are given to junior members (age 4 to18 years), which terminate at approximately 8.45 pm, with some limited free time after. At 9.00 pm both the learner and large pools are closed to junior members, with the large pool remaining open until 10.00pm for adult members who want to enjoy having a swim.

During swimming lessons, the learner pool is divided into three width lanes and we have children, i.e. non-swimmers, in the first lane situated alongside the steps down into the pool. As their abilities improve, i.e. able to swim on front and back without stopping, they gradually progress further up the pool and eventually into the large pool which is divided into, either, width or length lanes. Throughout this progression, distance and survival awards can be taken and are usually encouraged by the Swimming Instructors.

At the top end of the large pool the ages of the pupils are generally between 12 and 15 years. At this age they have, over a period of time, perfected good swimming technique/diving skills and in the past, some may have attained The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS), Bronze Medallion Award.

Most of our Swimming Instructors are qualified 'Swimming Teachers' and members of either, The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) or The Swimming Teacher's Association (STA). These organisations are recognised in the UK and internationally, as being the leaders in "The Teaching of Swimming".

CWSC fully recognise the importance attached to providing adequately trained and qualified personnel.

Between 9.00 pm and 10.00 pm, three of the length lanes in the large pool are used by Black Country Diving Club (BCDC) teaching Sub-Aqua diving skills and techniques to competent swimmers, again safety being paramount. Should anyone wish to take up this activity and be of the necessary age (minimum 18 years old), then please contact CWSC desk on a Wednesday evening, when arrangements can be made with BCDC.

Should you have any queries or require any further assistance, then please do not hesitate to contact the CWSC desk on a Wednesday evening, when a Club official will be available to address any questions that you may have.