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Getting Started

Getting started in swimming is easier than you think. It is a sport for all age groups, skill and fitness levels, and provides many opportunities for those who are in the sport for fun, fitness, recreation and for those who are serious about becoming the best they can be through competition and well-structured development pathways. 

Swimming is an excellent way to keep people of all ages active. Physical activity provides people with many lasting health benefits, including: 

This article provides further information on Healthy Swimming.

The sport of swimming also provides participants with valuable life skills such as goal setting, discipline, friendship and belonging, teamwork, and the most obvious benefit, the ability to potentially save one’s own life, or others if difficulties are encountered in an aquatic environment.

Anyone can join a swimming club no matter what fitness or ability level they are currently at. Swimming clubs provide the opportunity for individuals to swim recreationally (for fun and fitness), and/or for those who want to swim competitively to achieve their personal best!

Join a Swim Club

 

How to join

New Members - How to Register Guide

Joining up with a swim club as either a swimmer or a non-swimmer is easy and can be done online, just head to the Member Portal for further instructions!

Check out the "find a swim club" directory.

 

FAQs for Swimmers

What will I need to do once I join?
Most clubs will hold regular training sessions for your convenience. Each new member will be assessed based on skill and stamina and then recommended a squad, within the club, to be a part of. New club members are then encouraged to attend these sessions, to improve their technique, endurance and overall swimming ability.

A majority of clubs also run social events and club nights, which provide opportunities to race your fellow club mates, in a fun environment. For those who enjoy competing, there are also a number of club events, plus local, regional and State meets conducted by Swimming Tasmania that allow you to race against other individuals throughout the State and to represent your club, together with your club team.

How Much? 
You will be charged a small fee in order to join a swimming club. This will cover the membership to the club and Swimming Tasmania and Swimming Australia registration, insurance and administration expenses. Club fees will vary slightly from club to club.

What else will I need to pay for?
Goggles are always an ideal purchase for a new swimmer. Goggles help you see clearly under water and protect your eyes from the chlorine in the pool.

The training sessions that the club provides may also need to be paid for. There is also a small fee for some events to assist with their running and to raise funds for the club. Remember, most clubs are run by volunteers giving up their time.

If you get serious about your swimming, you may like to purchase fins, paddles and a pull buoy to assist your training. It is always best however to check with your coach regarding the appropriate equipment to use before purchasing it. Many clubs will supply all the equipment necessary.

What about the winter months? 
As with any sport, not practicing swimming can be detrimental to both one’s skill level and also fitness level. It is important that swimmers continue to practise their skills/technique, regardless of the climate, as this is most beneficial to a swimmer’s development. As a general rule, indoor pools are heated and therefore, if your child is training at an indoor pool, the weather should have a minimal impact on their swimming development.

 

Staying Involved

There are numerous activities within the club environment that swimmers or parents can do, once settled into the sport of swimming. Some of these include:

  1. Join the club’s team of volunteers: cook the BBQ; maintain equipment; raise money; be a team manager; write the newsletter; join the committee; be a car pool driver; sell programs, etc. Most clubs are operating thanks to the tireless help of volunteers. Swimming Tasmania thanks the hardworking group of volunteers throughout all swimming clubs in the State.
  2. Officiating: become a Timekeeper, Referee, Starter, or Announcer, to assist your club in running their meets.
  3. Coaching: Swimming Tasmania together with the educational division of the Australian Swim Coaches and Teachers association (ASCTA), conducts numerous coaching courses throughout the year.
  4. Competition: there are numerous competitions for swimmers to test themselves against the clock.

 

Optus Junior Dolphins

 

Optus Junior Dolphins is an exciting new national swimming program where kids can have fun with their friends and improve their swimming in a safe environment.

After successful pilots across Australia, Optus Junior Dolphins will be launched nationally this spring!  The program will be delivered through swimming clubs, swim schools and primary schools.

What’s the program?

Developed in partnership with industry experts, Optus Junior Dolphins is designed to increase participation in swimming in a fun and engaging way, helping kids across Australia develop their swimming skills further at a pace that’s right for them.

Aimed at kids who have already learnt the basics of swimming, Optus Junior Dolphins is designed for kids aged between 5 and 8 years old.  It’s perfect for kids in the mini and junior squads of swimming clubs, or for those who are interested in joining a swimming club for the first time.

Optus Junior Dolphins focuses on fun and teaches skills within a non-competitive learning environment to encourage kids to continue their swimming journey.

 

What are the benefits?

Optus Junior Dolphins has some great benefits for clubs and their junior members! These include:

Optus Junior Dolphins has been developed to become an iconic national junior swimming program, supported by high profile ambassadors and a national marketing campaign, including advertising Channel 7.

All kids aged 7 and under will receive free club membership. Kids aged 8 will receive half price membership.

All Optus Junior Dolphins will get a free participant pack in their first year of registration, which includes anOptus Junior Dolphins t-shirt and bag!

All clubs can access a Delivery Centre Kit with an operations manual, program curriculum and a carnival guide to help plan and implement the program.

All clubs can access a promotional toolkit with posters, flyers, banners, award ribbons and a digital toolkit to help promote the program locally.

All coaches and teachers of competitive swimming will have access to free training and development through ASCTA State Conferences or via online learning.

Optus Junior Dolphins is designed to make clubs stronger and more financially stable, as well as give coaches a wider base to identify, nurture and develop our future swimmers

 

Optus Junior Dolphins aims to:

 

 

Other resources

Optus Junior Dolphins Program Guidelines for Affiliated Swimming Clubs

Optus Junior Dolphins Brand Guidelines

Optus Junior Dolphins Marketing Tool Kit

 

 

Open Water Swimming

Swimming Australia has recently made some changes to the Open Water By-Laws, some of which are significant. The main changes are to the event age bandings, competition program and date of birth eligibility. Read more here:

 Changes to Open Water By-Laws

Go Swimming

Under the 'Go Swimming' section we have plenty of information for you on getting involved in swimming in Tasmania. There's some detail of swimming generally, the benefits of joining a swim club in our State, and some help finding and joining a local club. There is also info on inclusive swimming and participation initiatives, as well as a dedicated open water swimming page.

Use the drop-down menu or see below to navigate through these topics.

Why join a Swim Club?

Club swimming is the strength and success of swimming in Tasmania. By being a member of a local swimming club you are part of a team that provides our State with an enjoyable, safe and healthy environment to develop swimming skills and promote an active lifestyle.

 

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Find a Club

There are 18 active clubs across Tasmania, seven of which are based in Hobart and surrounds in the South, four in and around Launceston in the North, six along the North-West Coast, and one in Queenstown in the West.

 

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Inclusive Swimming

Swimming Tasmania is committed to providing a supportive and inclusive philosophy to enable all to enjoy. Swimming Tasmania endeavours to incorporate inclusion strategies in all aspects of the sport, creating opportunities for people of all abilities to participate.

 

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Participation for Members

With our competitions Swimming Tasmania promotes and encourages participation throughout the winter and summer months.

 

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