Squad Training

Training with Dereham Otters

Dereham Otters is a competitive swimming club. You are being trained to swim in competitions against other swimmers and other clubs. You should be prepared to train regularly and to work hard to improve. If you are selected to swim in a gala, please make every effort to make yourself available; one swimmer failing to turn up lets down the whole team. . . and a gala is a fun way to spend an evening!

Club & Open Galas are your chance to record your Personal Best times, and find out how much you are improving. Notices will be displayed at Dereham and Swanton Morley with dates and details. Once swimmers have an official time, they can be considered for selection to compete in Team / interclub galas. It is advisable to bring spare costumes, hats , goggles T shirt and towel when competing in galas. Club hats must be worn by swimmers when representing the club.

Swimmers are expected to provide the following equipment: Goggles, Hats, Pull Buoy, Kick Board, Fins and Hand Paddles. We do not currently have a Swimshop, but you can purchase all items on sites such as Proswimwear – where you will also raise funds for the club!

Swanton Morley School Pool

  • Swimmers and Parents are to be aware of the following:
  • A parent or other responsible adult must remain on the premises throughout the session.
  • In all cases, the club will not be held responsible for individual’s safety before, during or after training, except when on pool side.
  • Swimmers should arrive at the training location at least 10 minutes before the start of the session to allow sufficient time for changing – swimmers are expected to be ready to enter the water at the specified session start time.
  • Swimming hats must be worn: no hat = no swim!
  • No talcum powder to be used under any circumstances, No canned drinks, Food or Sweets (School Regulations)
  • No outdoor shoes on poolside. Parents and swimmers should bring suitable poolside shoes or remove footwear before entering poolside.
  • This is a school pool and therefore closed during school holidays. Please check notice boards and the website for reopening dates.
  • In case of severe weather, please check if sessions are running before setting out. Contact the club Chairman, or preferably the relevant swimming coach.
  • Finally, school telephone numbers should not be used in connection with any swimming club activities.