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Swim sessions

Swim update as at 21 Feb 2024:

By popular demand, Friday night swims return! We are starting on 1 March with 2 lanes at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, 7-8pm. Following the Facebook poll, we’ll start with intermediate lanes – 1 lane for swimmers with a CSS pace of around 1.40-2m per 100m and 1 lane for swimmers with a CSS pace of >2m per 100m. So that everyone gets a good swim, please book into the correct lane on Nifty Entries but switch lanes if necessary when you get there. The swim set will be tailored to swimmers within this bracket of CSS pace. We’ll aim to have a coach on poolside and when that’s not possible, there will be a coach written set. This will be a 3 month trial – if we don’t get enough swimmers, we won’t be able to afford to keep both lanes. And if there is more demand, we’ll look at increasing the lanes. EPSV pool is perfect for those who like a nice modern, well lit pool, with plenty of parking … a cafe and ….. even a bit of late night shopping at Cheshire Oaks!

Pool swim sessions are still selling out regularly on Mondays, busy on Saturdays and there’s a regular crop of hardy early birds on Wednesdays. Booking opens a week before each session – don’t leave it till the last minute and miss out! If you have booked and find you cannot attend, please cancel your place using either the link in the confirmation email or on Nifty Entries. This will open a place up which someone else may be able to use.

Have you managed to hang on to your tolerance for cooler water? Some people like to swim open water as far into winter as they can, shortening the time in the water and adding neoprene as necessary. If you are doing this for the first time, some tips on staying safe in cold water might come in useful.

 

Pool sessions – where and when:

Sessions are split between City Baths, Christleton and EPSV. They are all mixed ability, with lanes arranged by speed. We are continuing to look for lanes/sessions to match demand.

Christleton:
19.00 – 20.00 Mondays

City Baths:
05.45 – 06.45 Wednesdays
16.00 – 17.00 Saturdays, 3 lanes technique, 2 lanes squad swim

EPSV:
19.00 – 20.00 Fridays (2 lanes: 1 for swimmers with CSS pace >2min per 100m, 1 for swimmers with CSS pace 1.40-2min per 100m)

Important to remember:
Book in advance via Nifty Entries (bookings go live each Monday). Cost (as of Feb 2024) £5.20 + 30p transaction fee.

FAQs:

  • If you can’t make it to a session you’ve booked, please cancel either via the link in the confirmation email, or via the training sessions entry page on Nifty Entries.
  • The transfer button on Nifty Entries doesn’t work for training session bookings.
  • Everyone has equal chance of getting a place in any session.
  • Try putting a reminder in your calendar to book in the evening or following morning after a Monday swim. If you can’t commit to the next week’s swim at that point, keep an eye on Nifty Entries for any spaces which pop up when someone cancels.

Open water venues – please check their websites/FB for details (see links on open water swimming page).

If you are going to swim outdoors, we suggest to refresh/prepare yourself with some outdoor swimming tips from sensible sources. You can find various resources about open water swimming here on the club website. We don’t recommend open water swimming alone, particularly in cold weather.

Our next swim sessions

Friday 26 Apr
19:00 - 20:00

Squad swim session

Saturday 27 Apr
16:00 - 17:00

Technique coaching + squad swim session

Monday 29 Apr
19:00 - 20:00

Squad swim session

Wednesday 01 May
06:00 - 07:00

Squad swim session

Friday 03 May
19:00 - 20:00

Squad swim session

Saturday 04 May
16:00 - 17:00

Technique coaching + squad swim session

Monday 06 May
19:00 - 20:00

Squad swim session

Swim sessions are £5.20 + 30p transaction fee.

Non‐members can sign up here for a 1 month trial membership for free, which will allow you to book & pay for club sessions during that fortnight.

Technique swim sessions

Technique sessions are held at Chester City Baths on Saturdays 16:00 – 17:00.

Our Technique swim session is a front crawl improver session for all abilities – we believe that anyone can improve their technique and enjoy becoming more efficient and confident in the water. We are sorry that we cannot teach you front crawl from scratch, but our experienced coaches can help you improve your technique, whatever ability / speed you already have.

Who are the sessions perfect for?

  • Newish to swimming, can swim front crawl, but may find it difficult or may not be confident.
  • Limited understanding of technique.
  • May lack fitness.
  • May include post injury rehab.

Training Focus

  • Study and improve your front crawl.
  • Develop stroke, using drills.
  • Begin swim endurance.
  • Develop lane discipline.
  • Technique is the priority, no pressure around speed!

Intermediate swim sessions

Intermediate swimmers can train:

Mondays 19:00-20:00 @ Christleton Sports Centre ,

Wednesdays 05:45-06:45 @ Chester City Baths , and

Saturdays 16:00-17:00 @ Chester City Baths .

Our Intermediate sessions are squad sessions that cater for a wide variety of abilities. As a basis, swimmers should be able to swim front crawl for at least 200m without stopping. The coaches will help you in terms of which lane you will most benefit from and if this session is suitable for you.

  • Reasonably fit.
  • Technique: still in need of development.

Training Focus

  • Mondays and Wednesdays – Speed work and CSS development.
  • Saturdays – Technique or Fitness.

Advanced swim sessions

Advanced swimmers can train:

Mondays 19:00-20:00 @ Christleton Sports Centre ,

Wednesdays 05:45-06:45 @ Chester City Baths , and

Saturdays 16:00-17:00 @ Chester City Baths .

Advanced swim sessions are squad sessions for those who are able to maintain a pace of approximately 1:50 per 100m or quicker over longer distances.

  • Fit and competent swimmer.
  • Good level of technique.
  • Good lane discipline.

Training Focus

  • Mondays and Wednesdays – Speed work and CSS development.
  • Saturdays – Technique or Fitness.