Welcome

Welcome to the Chippenham Amateur Swimming Club Website. Chippenham Amateur Swimming Club was Founded in 1877, is Affiliated to Swim England and Swim21 Accredited.
Spaces are currently available – Please see the Club > Membership page for instructions on how to express an interest.

[Please remember to email the Club Secretary, using the  contact_us link, if you change your email address]

News

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Chippenham ASC is accredited as a SwimMark teaching level club.

SwimMark is a planning tool, based on the principles of Long Term Athlete Development, enabling clubs to help athletes, teachers, coaches and administrators to achieve their full potential. It focuses particularly on the needs of athletes - striving to provide them with the best possible support and environment.

Accreditation recognises nationally and regionally the clubs that are committed to providing safe, effective and quality services for the benefit of their members.

Clubs work steadily towards the attainment of a series of outcomes all of which are seen as essential if the right level of support is to be provided at each stage of an athlete's development.

SwimMark Accreditation is available to ASA clubs of all aquatic disciplines that are positioned at one or more of the four levels of:
• Teaching
• Skill Development
• Competitive Development
• Performance

The ASA has a commitment to achieving its equity targets throughout the sport. SwimMark is no different and the Association is keen to support clubs in the shared objective of widening the participation base and hence the performance of the sport as a whole.

DateDescriptionView
2009 ASA Parent & Swimmer's Guide to SwimMark (To be updated) Link
2011 Club Networks [SwimMark Network Leaflet - South West] (To be updated) Link
 
Day   Time   Squads   Location  
Sunday   17:30 - 19:00hrs
17:30 - 19:00hrs
  Masters
Synchro
  Olympiad Sports Centre,
Chippenham
   

Sunday
 
  19:30 - 21:30hrs
19:30 - 21:30hrs
  Competitive Performance Development
Competitive Performance Advanced
  Springfield Centre,
Corsham
   

Monday
 
  19:30 - 21:00hrs   Competitive Performance Advanced
(Head Coach Invitation Only)
  Bath University (50m Pool)    

Tuesday
 
  18:30 - 19:00hrs
19:00 - 20:00hrs
20:00 - 21:00hrs
20:00 - 21:00hrs
  FUNdamentals (upto NPA 7)
Competitive Skills
Competitive Performance Development
Competitive Performance Advanced
  Olympiad Sports Centre,
Chippenham
   

Wednesday
 
  19:30 - 21:00hrs
19:30 - 21:00hrs
  Competitive Performance Development
Competitive Performance Advanced
  Olympiad Sports Centre,
Chippenham
   
Wednesday   20:00 - 21:30hrs
20:00 - 21:30hrs
  Competitive Performance Advanced
Masters
  St Mary's, Calne    

Thursday
 
  18:00 - 19:00hrs
18:30 - 20:00hrs
20:00 - 21:00hrs
19:30 - 21:00hrs
  FUNdamentals (upto NPA 7)
Competitive Skills
Competitive Performance Development
Competitive Performance Advanced
  Springfield Centre,
Corsham
   

NPA - Nation Progression Awards - Now called Swim Framework Stages - See ASA Learn to Swim Pathway for more details.

Click the following link to see the Monday Car Rota, if you are not curently listed please arrange appropriate travel and supervision for your children.

(Please note: There is normally a gradually transistion from one squad to another and therefore the sessions they attend, depending on swimmer capability, lane capacity and child safeguarding.)

IMPORTANT NOTE: If a swimmer regularly misses one of the above sessions for 8 or more occurances the club will seek to understand why and if necessary remove the swimmer from that session. This is in the interest of making the best use of the lanes for all swimmers.

DateDescriptionView
Oct-17 Coach and Teacher Rota Link
Oct-17 Pool Allocation Plan Link

 (Please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by email if you see any errors or omissions).

Chippenham ASC is a small club with limited lane time and resources.  It is therefore necessary for children to share a lane with children who turn 18 once they are judged to have the strength and ability.  A Risk Assessment has been carried out and is available to view on the Club > Reference Documents website page.


Annual General Meetings:

DateDescriptionView
07-Jan-11 AGM Meeting Minutes Link
06-Jan-12 AGM Meeting Minutes Link
25-Jan-13 AGM Meeting Minutes Link
10-Jan-14 AGM Meeting Minutes Link
09-Jan-15 AGM Meeting Minutes Link
08-Jan-16 AGM Meeting Minutes Link
20-Jan-17 AGM Meeting Minutes Link


Codes of Conduct:

DateDescriptionView
May-09 Committee Members, Officials & Volunteers Link
Jan-11 Parents & Carers Link
Feb-12 Club Officials (Coaches, Teachers, Team Managers, Judges, Helpers & Other Officials) Link


Club Policy:

DateDescriptionView
Dec-10 Recruitment of Volunteers Link
Jul-11 Recognising & Rewarding Volunteers Link
Jul-17 Openmeet Policy Link


Club Medical Policy:

DateDescriptionView
Jan-16 Medical Information Policy Link
Jan-16 Medical Information Form Link


Risk Assessments:

DateDescriptionView
Jul-10 Risk Assessment - Attending Open Meets / League Gala's / Championships Link
Jan-14 Risk Assessment - Club Training Link
Jan-11 Risk Assessment - Social Events Link
Mar-14 Risk Assessment - Adults/Children Swimming in Same Lane Link


Employers Liability Insurance:

DateDescriptionView
01-Apr-16 Certificate of Insurance, 01-Apr-16 to 31-Mar-17 Link


Amateur Swimming Association / FINA:

DateDescriptionView
2017 ASA Handbook 2017 Link
2014 ASA SW Region Handbook Link
2012 ASA SW Region Yearbook Link
2013-14 ASA Wiltshire Handbook Link
2013-2017 FINA Swimmming Rules 2013-2017 Link
2013 FINA Rules Update 2013 Link
2014 FINA Rules Update 2014 Link


Member Resources:

DateDescriptionView
Jul-15 Photographic Consent Form Link
Mar-12 CASC Training Log Book v01 Link
Jul-12 Nutrition Guidance (Plymouth Leander Swimming) Link
Oct-12 Prevention of Shoulder Injuries in Aquatics Sports Link
Jan-17 CASC Logo Link

Membership Costs (Synchro)

The monthly synchro training session charges are as follows

5:30 – 6 pm session (£14 per month)

5:30 – 7 pm session (£20 per month)

Membership Costs (Swimming)

Training sessions are charged at £14 / month for each day enrolled upto a maximum of 3 days. i.e. for a swimmer that attends every Thursday the monthly charge (paid by standing order) is £14 - for a swimmer that attends every Tuesday and Thursday the monthly charge is £28. Training is held every week with a two week shutdown during August and December.

Younger swimmers generally join the FUNdamentals squad swimming either Tuesday or Thursday each week (see Training > Sessions). As ability and fitness increases swimmers progress to swimming on both Tuesday and Thursday (£28 / month) then Tuesday, Thursday and either Wednesday or Sunday (£42 / month). The next stage would be swimming on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday (£50 / month). The club's top swimmers (Regional / National Level) attend on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday resulting in a monthly charge of £60.

Training days are fixed - swimmers are not permitted to change or substitute sessions to a different day i.e. if a swimmer is registered to attend on a Tuesday only and cannot make that training session please don't swap to another day as this affects training plans and effectively means the club pays for two sets of pool hire while being reimbursed for one.

Pay as you swim is not permitted for any swimmer as this would adversely affect all members due to the higher rates that would need to be charged to cover those sessions when some members do not attend. This approach is also extremely difficult to manage from a training and administration point of view - there aren't enough parent volunteers to cope with the additional workload.

As swimmers graduate through the squads they are provided with appropriate opportunities to compete both for the club and individually at competitions that range from open meets through to Nationals with all levels supported by a strong competition focused training regime. At the same time, with squad advancement comes an increasing proportion of pool-time - i.e. the very youngest swimmers (FUNdamentals) will be swimming for 30mins on Tuesday and/or Thursdays although the senior squads will be swimming either 1½ or 2hrs on each night.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If a swimmer regularly misses one of the swimming sessions, on a given day, for 8 or more occurances the club will seek to understand why and if necessary remove the swimmer from that session. This is in the interest of making the best use of the lanes for all swimmers. If you will not be swimming sessions for a prolonged time due to leg / arm or other aliments please contact the club so we can discuss session fee's etc.

Annual Membership Fee (Synchro and Swimming)

In addition to monthly standing orders there is an additional annual membership fee (1st Feb - 31st Jan). This fee is administered by the club but forwarded to Swim England as part of affiliation / insurance. The annual membership fee for 2018 is £45 (single) or £90 (family) and paid by 31st January each year - please monitor your E-Mail for annual membership renewal instructions at this time of year.

Changing the Number of Sessions

Please remember to update your existing standing order when the number of sessions you are registered for changes. If you start swimming an extra day increase your standing order. If you reduce your number of days swimming please reduce your standing order and E-Mail the club using the website 'This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.' link above. CASC is not able to change standing order payments - this remains entirely your responsibility.

Club Finances

Chippenham ASC operates as a completely non-profit making club with the aim of matching expenditure with income. The vast majority of funds raised from membership fees and monthly standing orders is used to pay pool hire costs (>95%). Remaining funds are used for essential training, events, equipment etc. All coaches, poolside helpers and other club officials provide their time completely free of charge as unpaid volunteers.


Club Resignation

Chippenham ASC cannot cancel Standing Order payments when swimmers leave the club - Bank Rules. It is the parents sole responsibility to cancel standing orders on leaving the club. Please E-Mail the club using the website 'This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.' link above when this is done.


Committee Members:

Role Name
Chairperson Dave Jacomb
President Don Smith
Treasurer (E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Gary Brown
Club Secretary (E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Lynn Chappell
Head Coach Nigel Butler
Competition Secretary (E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Gary Barnett

Welfare Officer (E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Caroline Lavelle / Sonia Ward

Membership Secretary (E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Lindsay Gibbons
Registration Secretary (ASA) (E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Lindsay Gibbons
Disability Liaison Officer Vacant (Email Club Secretary)
SwimMark Coordinator (E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Michelle Hall-Barnett
Education / Training Officer ((E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)) Deborah Bartlett
Officials Coordinator Scott Garrett
Open Meets Coordinator (E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Lyn Cairns
Volunteer Coordinator Vacant (Email Club Secretary)
Website Manager (E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Philip Sheppard
Synchronised Swimming (E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Emma Holloway / Lindsay Gibbons
Masters Swimming (E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Matthew Cruse
Members Jane Holloway, Tracy Hall, Amy Parker
Past Presidents Mike Lewis, Lynn Denning, Denise Preece, Heather Butler

 (Commitee Members may also fullfil other roles for the club below)

All CASC Presidents remain lifetime members of the club:

Date Description View
Jan-14 CASC Past Presidents Link

 

Other Officials/Helpers:

Role Name
Rankings/Performance Database (E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Philip Sheppard
IT Support Gary Barnett
Kit Order Manager Emma Jones
Lead Team Manager Lyn Cairns
Registers Manager Lyn Cairns

Website Publishers

*=Super Administrator

Philip Sheppard (Admin*)  / Gary Barnett (Admin) / Helen Sheppard (Admin) / Amy Parker (News) / Deborah Bartlett (Training) / Caroline Lavelle (Welfare) / Michelle Hall-Barnett (Swimmark) / Matt Cruse (Masters) / Lyn Cairns (Events [Meets]  and Club sections)
Publicity / News Officer (E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Amy Parker


Coaches:

Role Name
Head Coach (Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun) Nigel Butler (L2)
Coach (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sun) Gary Brown (L2)
Coach (Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun) Lyn Cairns (L2)
Coach (Tue, Thu) Tony Wright (L1)
Coach (Sun) Shaun Cairns (L1)
Coach (Mon) + (Sun) Synchro Lindsay Gibbons (L1)
Coach (Thu) Sonia Ward (L1)
Assistant Coach (Wed, Thur) Gary Barnett
Assistant Coach (Tue. Thu) Amy Parker
Assistant Coach (Tue, Thu) Caroline Lavelle
Assistant Coach (Wed) Carly Barnett
Assistant Coach (Tue) Michaela Sheppard
Assistant Coach (Tue, Thur) Michele Hall-Barnett
Assistant Coach (Thur) Ethan Garrett
Coach (Sun) Synchro Emma Holloway
Assistant Coach (Sun) Synchro Amy Gibbons
Assisant Coach (Sun) Synchro Evie Garrett 
Assisant Coach (Sun) Synchro Bethany Barnett


Teachers:

Role Name
Teacher (Sun) Synchro Abigail Cross (L1)
Teacher (Tue, Thu) Heather Butler (L2)
Teacher (Tue) Lynn Denning (L2)
Teacher (Tue) Katharine Sheppard (L1)
Teacher (Thu) Tegan Cairns (L1)


Please note that all the above CASC Officials can be contacted through the CASC Website (Contact Us).

All coaches and teachers associated with CASC have signed the ASA's Code of Ethics.

Date Description View
Oct-10 ASA Code of Ethics Link


Suitably qualified coaches / teachers are always available on poolside in accordance with Swim21 requirements as shown by the Coach rota provided below. Outline Terms of Reference for the CASC Committee and other volunteers are provided in the Roles & Responsibilities document below.

Date Description View
Oct-17 Coach Rota Link
Nov-12 Roles & Responsibilities Link

[R] indicates official is retiring.

To contact the CASC Welfare Officer(s) directly for confidential advice, or to raise a welfare issue, please e-Mail the Welfare Officer(s) directly using the following link This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This email is sent ONLY to the Welfare Officer(s)

Wave Power
Wavepower (Link on Website Homepage) is the Swim England Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedures manual - replacing all previous ASA Child Protection Policies and Procedures documents. All Swm England affiliated clubs and organisations adopt and implement the Policies and Procedures contained in this manual.
CASC's Safeguarding Policy Statement is compiled in accordance with this ASA Manual.
Wavepower provides Swim England Child Safeguarding Policy, mandatory requirements, practical information and good practice guidance in one place for use by club officers, club members, parents, children and all those who work with our young members so that everyone involved in our sport can play their part in safeguarding children and young people.
Chippenham ASC's copy of Wavepower is held by our Welfare Officer with an online copy available on 'Swim England' Website (Link on CASC Homepage).
Wavepower has been compiled by Swim England using ideas and feedback from the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit, the Swim England Youth Forum, Welfare Officers, Club Officers, parents, swimmers and numerous others.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks

What is a DBS?

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). CRB checks are now called DBS checks.
 
A DBS check may be needed for:
- Certain jobs or voluntary work - eg working with children or in healthcare
 
For more information about DBS checks please access www.gov.uk
 

When is a DBS Required?
Anyone who is working for the club, either paid or voluntary, and is having contact with children or vulnerable adults as part of their role, 3 or more times in any given month, requires a DBS check. Officials should not require a DBS check as they should not be having any contact, but on occasions the club may expect more from them than their normal duties, and if they then fall into the requirements that require a check, then they will need to be checked.

Poolside
Chippenham ASC is committed to the welfare of children. For this reason a decision has been made that all officials who are on poolside will wear a club tee shirt to identify that they have a current DBS check. All other spectators will be asked to be seated in the designated public viewing area.

If a child requires their parent on poolside this should be discussed with their teacher/coach or a Team Manager. The parent should be seated on poolside allowing them to provide support to their child but away from other children and the pool.


Welfare Policy
Chippenham Amateur Swimming Club is committed to providing a club environment in which all children (persons under 18yrs) participating in its activities have a safe and positive experience. In order to achieve this, we adopt and implement the ASA Wavepower policy in full.
To comply with current legislation, permission to take photographs must be obtained from the pool operator and/or event organiser. Most swimming events have forms available where photographer information must be provided in advance of camera use. Please contact the Welfare Officer for further advice.

Swimmer Supervision
Parents remain responsible for the safety and behaviour of their own children when not in the pool, including the changing rooms and outside areas. The coaching and poolside staff are only responsible for swimmers in the pool during their allocated swimming session. Swimmers arriving early on poolside are not the responsibility of the coaching and poolside staff.

We advise parents/carers of young swimmers to remain on site throughout the swimming session. It is not desirable for parents to drop children off at the roadside and come back later to pick them up from the pavement outside the pool.

Health & Safety
Safety is paramount with any swimming organisation and at Chippenham ASC we take these issues very seriously.

There are a number of obligations we have as a club to ensure the safety of everyone concerned. These are:
• Compliance with ASA Safety Instructions;
• Compliance with Safety Instructions issued by the various pool operators;
• Compliance with statutory Health and Safety regulations and any Safety bye-laws.

Training sessions will not commence without the presence of a trained lifeguard and applies to all levels of competition.
Swimmers are not allowed onto poolside without the presence of at least one club coach or assistant. It is therefore important that parents / guardians do not allow their swimmers into the changing rooms earlier than 10 minutes before the start of a session.

Some club members have life-saving and first aid qualifications and we encourage others to improve their knowledge in this way.

Relevant Risk Assessments are shown on the Club > Reference Documents website page.


All members have a responsibility to act if they see an obvious breach of rules or something likely to cause an accident.

 

To contact the CASC Welfare Officer directly for confidential advice please E-Mail the Welfare Officer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CASC Welfare Documents

DateDescriptionView

Oct-10

Safeguarding Policy Statement (Reviewed Jan-2016) Link
Oct-10 Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Statement Link
Jan-11 Behaviour Agreement Link
Jul-12 Nutrition Guidance (Plymouth Leander Swimming) Link
Oct-12 Prevention of Shoulder Injuries in Aquatics Sports Link

 

CASC Welfare Officer Newsletters

DateDescriptionView
Jan-16 Newsletter - Welfare Link

Chippenham ASC is a competitive swimming club that aims to develop swimmer ability to the highest possible level. To achieve this our competitive performance squad undertake training sessions at Chippenham and Corsham pools on four evenings each week. At the senior level our top (regional/national) squad also attend an additional training session at Bath University (50m pool) once each week.

Although we are a competitive swimming club, places are usually available for those that can correctly swim at least one length in some strokes. If you are interested in joining our club please follow the steps for New Members below.

 

NEW MEMBERS (Swimmers)

STEP 1 - Initial Contact

NEW MEMBER ONLINE REQUEST FORM

Please use the above webpage form to express an interest. This will allow our membership secretary to contact the coaching volunteers to arrange a trial session - please include any relevant information on swimmer ability on the relevant sections of the form.

Trial sessions are likely to be during the first hour on Tuesday or Thursday although please arrange an appointment first, don't just turn up on poolside. See Training > Sessions website page for likely times.

STEP 2 - Trial Session

Swimmers will be expected to stay for the full session which could be 30mins or 1hr to ensure they are assigned to the correct training session. Either during or at the end of your trial session you will be asked to provide/confirm your name and e-mail address so that the club can get in contact with you again and add your details to our distribution list. If you are not asked to provide this information please ask an official on poolside.

Contact details are retained entirely within a small number of club volunteers for internal communication purposes only - details are deleted when you leave the club. This process simply ensures you receive CASC e-mails as quickly as possible pending receipt/processing of your membership forms. Should you decide not to join CASC after your trial swim simply reply to any e-mail from the club or use the website This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. link to request your details be deleted.

STEP 3 - Club Membership Form

(a) Please complete the online membership form use the link provided ( E-Mail the Membership Secretary (Club > Officials) if you experience any problems).

Please note it is essential that you complete all information on the Club Membership Form within 1 week (i.e. BEFORE your 2nd swim). Swim England insurance only allows 3 swims before Swim England registration is completed. This registration process takes the club at least two weeks hence the urgency to return forms.

(b) Email a copy of the medical form if needed to the Membership Secretary (Club > Officials).

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Club Membership Form CASC Form (Password Protected)
Medical Information Form Link
Behaviour Agreement (Already included in the form - Provided for future reference) Link

Note that by completing the Club Membership Form you are stating (on behalf of your children) that all swimmers have been explained and agree to be bound by the Behaviour Agreement provided above.

STEP 4 - Payment

There are two payments required - see Club > Fees page for full details. Essentially:  [1] Annual Fee - Annual Club Membership (paid on joining and renewed annually every Jan/Feb) AND [2] Monthly Standing Order - To cover Pool Hire costs (paid on the 3rd of each month). Both payments are arranged by you using either of the two options described below.

Important Notes applicable to both options:

- Please use payment reference 'SURNAME-FIRST NAME' (i.e. SMITH-JOHN) - this ensures our Treasurer can link a person swimming with payments made.

- Please set-up monthly payments to be made on the 3rd of each month.

- Please note CASC has no control over the Standing Order's you set-up. Although we are able to see payments made into the club bank account we cannot adjust any Standing Order - this remains entirely under your control.

- Please E-Mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. when your bank has been instructed to set-up a standing order using either option. Also confirm the amount of one-off fee transferred to cover the Annual Membership Fee and any shortfall between first swim and first standing order payment. Arrears will be requested should full payment be delayed for whatever reason.

OPTION A - Use your Internet Banking.

Use your internet banking facility to establish a monthly standing order payment into the following Chippenham ASC Bank Account. Use the same account details to pay the Annual Membership Fee.

Please note the banking details are only available via a password protected form  (Insert Link), the password can be obtained from an official poolside or by emailing the membership secretary. The banking details are also provided on the password protected membership form

Organisation: Chippenham ASC Payment Date: 3rd of every month Payment Details (Password Protected)

Please note the banking details are only available via the password protected form, the password can be obtained by emailing the CASC Treasurer using the following link (Treasurer).

OR

OPTION B - Download and Complete the following Standing Order Form.

CASC is unable to set-up a Direct Debit (i.e. CASC taking money from your bank account). You will therefore need to submit the completed Standing Order Mandate to your bank (i.e. you telling your bank to send payment).

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Standing Order Mandate Payment Details (Password Protected)

Please note the banking details are only available via the password protected form, the password can be obtained by emailing the CASC Treasurer using the following link (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS (Swimmers)

Club membership is annual from 31st January to 1st February ALL members are required to renew CASC membership or resign. This process is initiated by e-mail from the Club Secretary and must be completed by 31st January every year, to allow Swim England memberships to be renewed by CASC during February. Failure by members to renew membership will mean swimmers will not be permitted to swim from the 1st March due to a lack of Club membership, and therefore Swim England insurance.

To renew membership please complete the steps below before 31st January:

STEP 1 - Membership Form

(a) Please complete the online membership form use the link provided ( E-Mail the CASC Membership Secretary and to the CASC Registrations Secretary using the following link (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you experience any problems).
(b) Email an updated copy of the medical form if required to the Membership Secretary.
 
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Club Membership Form CASC Form (Password Protected)
Behaviour Agreement (Already included in the form - Provided for future reference) Link

Note that by returning the Club Membership Form you are stating (on behalf of your children) that all swimmers have been explained and agree to be bound by the Behaviour Agreement provided above.

If you are not comfortable completing electronically & returning the form via e-mail please print, complete and return to the Membership Secretray [See Club Officails webpage].

STEP 2 - Payment

Please provide a cheque (payable to Chippenham ASC) to cover the CASC Annual Membership Fee. Current rates are provided on the website Club > Fees page. Please annotate the back of your cheque with swimmer name(s) and pass to Terry Coupland by 31st January.

Alternatively members are welcome to arrange electronic payment using the following details although this MUST be followed up by an e-mail to the CASC Treasurer using the following link (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Organisation Chippenham ASC
Payment Reference Please use ‘MEM-SURNAME-FIRST NAME' (i.e. MEM-SMITH-JOHN) This will ensure our Treasurer can identify member on bank statement.
Payment Payment Details (Password Protected)

 

SYNCHRO ONLY MEMBERS

Club membership is annual from 1st February to 31st January. Every January ALL members are required to renew CASC membership or resign. This process is initiated by e-mail from the Club Secretary and must be completed by 31st January each year to allow Swim England memberships to be renewed by CASC during February. Failure by members to renew membership means members will not be permitted to enter the water from 1st March due to a lack of Club membership and therefore Swim England insurance.

STEP 1 - Membership Form

All synchro members are required to complete and attached a completed copy of the the CASC Membership Form provided below. This essentially provides the club with your contact details and information necessary to register swimmers with the Swim England (as Cat 1). Please E-Mail this copy to the CASC Membership Secretary and CASC Registrations Secretary using the following link (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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Club Membership Form CASC Form (Password Protected)
Behaviour Agreement (Already included in the form - Provided for future reference) Link

Note that by returning the Club Membership Form you are stating (on behalf of your children) that all swimmers have been explained and agree to be bound by the Behaviour Agreement provided above.

STEP 2 - Payment

Synchro members are required to pay the annual club membership fee on joining and every year by 31st January - see Club > Fees page for full details. This re-imburses the club for charges made by Swim England for registration. Synchro members monthly fee's are listed on the same page.

To pay the Annual Membership Fee either use internet banking (CASC Account details above - note payment reference instruction) and e-mail CASC Treasurer using the following link (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or provide a cheque (swimmer name & 'synchro' on back) and hand to Janice who will pass this on to the Treasurer.

STEP 3 - Swim England Membership

ALL Synchro members are required to register as at least Swim England Category 1 - CASC will organise this on receipt of the completed CASC Membership Form provided at Step 1 above. Swim England Category 1 registration permits synchro members to compete in:

- Any event excluding Swim England and British Swimming Regional and National Championships providing that members have not attained skill level three of the Swim England Synchronised Swimming Awards.

- Recreational strand events in Swim England and British Swimming regional and National championships.

Should there be a chance that you will compete at Category 1 excluded events (i.e. higher level competitions) you will need to complete and return an Swim England Category 2 Membership Form. These are available from Janice and should be completed at the start of the membership year. If in any doubt please discuss this with Janice in January each year. CASC wishes to avoid members joining as Category 1 in January and changing to Category 2 during the year as this incurs additional time and cost for the club.

Swim England Category 2 Membership entitles members to compete in Swim England Regional and National Championships and British Swimming National events (excluding recreational strand events).

 

All our training programmes follow the ASA National Plan which is too detailed to be shown here.

Essentially, the aim is to teach all participants to swim competently and develop stroke skills and technique through all age levels and abilities. Naturally there are different levels, usually age related, but there are some exceptional young swimmers.
The aim is that when progress is made to a higher level, then the same teaching methods and standards apply.

Compeitive Swimming Awards are available when swimmers achieve the times indicated on the attachment below.

DateDescriptionView
Nov-10 ASA Competitive Swimming Award Times Link

Olympic / Commonwealth Trials
Held annual and usually combined with the National's.
Qualification times apply although these can be lower than the National Open Competitions.

National Championships
Held annually during July and August, qualification times (revised each year) must be achieved at a Level 1 or 2 Licensed Open or Regional Meet. All swimmers with qualifying times are eligible (eligibility period for entries to all National events limited to a period of 12 months before the closing date for each particular event).
As with Regional Events, the National's are split into Open, Youth and BAGCAT's dependant on swimmer age.

Inter-County Championships
National competition which takes place at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield during September/October each year. Selection of the Wiltshire Team takes place in August/September and is based on Swim England National and Regional rankings. The Championships are broadly similar to a Summer League gala with the County's top 30 swimmers across all age groups (Boys & Girls: 12/13yrs, 14/15yrs, 16/17yrs) selected to compete on behalf of their County.  There are two divisions consisting of every County in England, Scotland, Wales.

Regional Championships
Held annually during the early summer, qualification times (revised each year) must be achieved at a Level 1, 2 or 3 Licensed Open or County Meet.
Championships encompass the most talented swimmers from all counties in SW England. Open, Youth and BAGCAT Competitions are currently held at Millfield (BagCats) and Plymouth (Youths) - both 50m pools.
The Sprint Championships are held in July and times do not count for National qualification. Qualification Times required are displayed on the Notice Boards and website.
The UK is divided into 8 regions (North East, North West, West Midland, East Midland, East, South West, London & South East - CASC Falls within the South West Region).

Winter League
The Moonraker Winter League consists of all Wiltshire clubs placed in two divisions dependant on performance in the previous Winter League (Division 1: Top Half, Division 2: Bottom Half). Clubs compete in a series of three galas racing against a different set of clubs each time, always from their own division.
On each gala night every club in Wiltshire competes with the times achieved by every club being ranked from 1 to however many clubs there are.  In effect each race has at least 24+ competing teams. At the end of the three galas every club is then placed in points order and the top six clubs attend an 'A' final, with the next six attending a 'B' final and so on.  Chippenham ASC regularly competes in the 'A' final.
Races are always relays and usually held between October and April as arranged by the Wiltshire section of Swim England. Squad selection is made by Club Coaches. Age groups are: under 13yrs, under 15yrs, under 17yrs, and Open - age as at last day of competition.
Since the Summer league is mainly individuals and the Winter League is entirely relays, the two squads vary according to age and ability.
Both leagues are highly sociable events and a good opportunity to meet other club members.

Summer League
The Moonraker Summer League is organised by Swim England - Wiltshire with each County club entering as many sides as they want (some of the Swindon clubs enter 3 teams). The league therefore comprises 20-odd teams from the Wiltshire area with Chippenham usually entering one team.
As soon as all club entries are received from across the County, leagues are formed with 4 teams in each - there can be 8+ leagues each year.
Races are a mixture of relays and individual events with points awarded for finishing positions in each race. Point totals are cummulative through the four gala series, though points are always announced on the night to provide an 'on the night' winner.  At the end of each Summer one team is promoted and one demoted for the following Summer League.  Chippenham ASC usually competes in Division 1 or 2.
The summer league is held over 4 nights (galas) between June and September with dates negotiated between the clubs in each league. Usually each club takes it in turn to host a gala with Chippenham ASC hosting at the Corsham pool. Squad selection is made by Club Coaches. Age Groups are: under 12yrs, under 14yrs, under 16yrs, and Open. The lower age groups being subject to the limits as imposed by Swim England laws.
Results are published on the Wiltshire section of Swin England Website within the following few days.

County Championships
For many swimmers this will represent the peak of their year. Held each year between February and March with times obtained during the Club Championships or Open Meets generally used for qualification. Qualification Times required are displayed on the Notice Boards and website.
Events are swum in gender and age group categories for all strokes.
Girls 13 and under and Boys 14 and under swim in the BAGCAT championships with medals for the top three and trophies for the best overall swimmers.
Older swimmers compete for trophies at Youth (16 and under) and Senior level.

Club Championships
Annual event usually held in the last few months of each year comprising of all age appropriate stroke distance combinations upto 1,500m freestyle for the older age groups.
All swimmers are invited and expected to attend.
Events are held over a number of Sunday evenings in Corsham together with two sprint nights held at Calne. Opportunities to swim are provided for all club members including novices (under 9's), masters (over 21's) and parents.
Events follow National guidelines with races competed in mixed age and gender groups. Where available, previous times are used to seed swimmers with the fastest swimming last. The club maintains a database of all swimmers’ times - this database is then used for squad selection and competition entries.
Cups are awarded for first place in each age group, gender and event with medals received by the top three.
Points are awarded to all swimmers for each completed race irrespective of final position. These are known as BAGCAT points (British Age Group CATegory) and are standardised nationally. The Club awards trophies and medals for the top performing swimmers in each age group at the Annual Presentation Night.

Open Meets
Chippenham ASC regularly advertises Open Meets via the Notice Boards and website. These meets are organised by Clubs like ours nationwide and as the name suggests are open to all clubs and swimmers.
Events vary considerably in standard from Grand Prix events for the very talented to events for swimmers who generally don’t get a chance to compete against other clubs and swimmers. As such, qualifications times vary significantly - effectively restricting entries for some meets. All meets, whilst remaining competitive are excellent social events and usually have medals and trophies for winners.
National qualifying times are accepted from meets licensed at Level 1 & 2. Regional qualifying times are accepted from meets licensed at Level 1, 2 & 3.
In simple terms there are four types of open meets:
Level 1
Aimed at National qualifiers, or Regional level swimmers close to National qualification, looking for opportunities to achieve National qualifying times. These meets will have qualifying times for entry, which will be just below the national times.
Level 2
Aimed at Regional / National qualifiers and will have qualifying times and upper limit times. Access to the Swim England ranking information is used to enable meet organisers to verify that entry times submitted by swimmers fall within the stated range. Swimmers seeking Regional and National qualifying times should target level 2 and level 1 events for qualifying purposes.
Level 3
For Club swimmers who are looking for County qualifying times. Level 3 meets usually have qualifying and upper limit times set at an appropriate level. These meets provide a programme throughout the year alongside key level 2 meets to support the requirements of swimmers up to County and Regional level. Note that National Qualifying Times cannot be gained at level 3 meets although Regional Qualifying Times can.
Level 4 / Unlicensed Meets
Lowest level of competition available. Aimed primarily at younger swimmers that do not qualify for level 1, 2 or 3 meets. Qualification times usually restrict entry by stating maximum entry times - effectively denying entry to faster swimmers.

For a list of current events, take a look at the events calendar or look on the CASC noticeboards at Chippenham and Corsham.

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