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Members of Chelmsford Swimming Club

The aim of the Riverside Development Squad section is to increase stamina, and improve stroke technique.  Swimmers have the opportunity to swim lengths, using both the main pool and learner pool on a rota basis with the possibility of selection to move up to one of the competitive squads.  Children over 12 years of age are encouraged to move on from the Development Squad to the club's SwimFit Section.

The squad trains every Tuesday evening between 7.15pm and 8.00pm, at Chelmsford Riverside Pool.

To join children must be able to swim at least 250 metres and be at least 7 years old.

The first two sessions are free, and swimmers are regularly assessed for a trial session with the Intro/Junior squad at New Hall School Pool.

New 'Swimming Academy' for 7-10 year olds

As a competitive club, the main aim of the club's competitive section is to race and ultimately win at various competitions throughout the year. It is important, therefore that continual streams of swimmers are nurtured through the club's development program. To aid the development of swimmers, a new rung in the club's ladder has been introduced called the 'Academy' and as a section it will cater for 7 to 10 year olds. The main aims are:

  • To aid the development of younger swimmers
  • To teach younger swimmers drills
  • To develop skills and technique of younger swimmers
  • To prepare younger swimmers for competitive section
  • To introduce swimmers to a new concept of training

Training Times

  • Sunday Morning: 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. at New Hall School
  • Tuesday Evening: 7:15 p.m., to 8:00 p.m. at Riverside Ice & Leisure Learner Pool

Swimmers will receive coaching from our experienced junior squad coaches.

On the Sunday morning the Academy is allocated two separate lanes so will not be swimming in the same lanes as those in the Junior Squad section. Swimmers are expected to be on poolside at least 5 minutes before the session begins.

Regular attendance to these sessions is essential and is crucial in the progression of your child as more hours in the pool lead to better skills and greater improvement. Also a lack of attendance may hinder your child's progression to the Junior Section.

N.B. Your child will move into the Riverside Development Squad when they turn 11 years old if they have not progressed into the Junior Competitive Squad by then.

If you are interested in any of the activities undertaken by Chelmsford Swimming Club and wish to find out more, please email us at