Swim sessions

Swim update as at 24 August 2021:

Remember Monday 30 Aug is a bank holiday, so Christleton pool is closed. All the more reason to book in on Wednesday, Friday or Saturday!

We still have restrictions and requirements, so please refresh yourselves on the details below.

Pool swimming – where and when:
We are ramping up back towards our original swim sessions, as the numbers attending make it affordable to reintroduce sessions. Sessions are split between Christleton and City Baths, all mixed ability, with lanes arranged by speed. We will continue to secure more lanes/sessions when there is enough demand.

Christleton:
19.00 – 20.00 Mondays & Fridays, 5 x single width lanes

City Baths:
06.00 – 07.00 Wednesdays, 5 x single width lanes

16.00 – 17.00 Saturdays,  some lanes technique, some lanes squad swim

Planned to be reintroduced next:
Combined squad swims 1500-1600 Saturdays and 18.00-19.00 Sundays @ City Baths

Important to remember:
Book in advance via Nifty Entries (bookings go live 1 week before each session). Cost £4 + 30p transaction fee.
You can now change at both pools and shower at Christleton, but no showers yet at City Baths.
Read full instructions on the club website restart page.

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

Saturday 25 Sep
16:00 - 17:00

Swim session - 5 lanes

Monday 27 Sep
19:00 - 20:00

Swim session - 5 lanes

Wednesday 29 Sep
06:00 - 07:00

Squad swim session – 5 lanes

Friday 01 Oct
19:00 - 20:00

Swim session - 5 lanes

Saturday 02 Oct
16:00 - 17:00

Swim session - 5 lanes

Monday 04 Oct
19:00 - 20:00

Swim session - 5 lanes

Wednesday 06 Oct
06:00 - 07:00

Squad swim session – 5 lanes

Swim sessions are £4.00 for members (£5.00 for non‐members) + 30p transaction fee.

Non‐members can join 3 sessions and should be people who are considering joining the club.

Technique swim sessions

At the moment there are no specific sessions dedicated to technique. Coaches are introducing technique into squad sessions as most people have not trained for some time, but we can’t hold learner sessions yet, sorry.

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When we can go back to normal, technique sessions are held at Chester City Baths on Saturdays 16:00 – 17:00.

Our Technique swim session is for all abilities who would like to improve their front crawl technique. It’s also appropriate for novice swimmers who are learning front crawl or those recovering from injury.

  • New to swimming.
  • Limited understanding of technique.
  • May lack fitness.
  • May include post injury rehab.

Training Focus

  • Learn to swim front crawl.
  • Develop stroke, using drills.
  • Begin swim endurance.
  • Develop lane discipline.
  • Priority on technique, no pressure on speed!

Intermediate swim sessions

Temporarily, intermediate swimmers can train:

Mondays 1900-2000 @ Christleton,

Wednesdays 0600-0700 @ City Baths, and

Fridays 1900-2000 @ Christleton.

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When we can go back to normal, intermediate sessions are held at Christleton Sports Centre on Mondays 18:00 – 19:00 and Fridays 19:00 – 20:00. Combined squad swims are at Chester City Baths early mornings on Wednesdays 06:00 – 07:00, an afternoon session on Saturdays 15:00 – 16:00 and evenings on Sundays 18:15 – 19:15.

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 Fridays – CSS development.
  • Wednesdays – Speed work and CSS development.
  • Saturdays – Fitness.
  • Sundays – Endurance.

Advanced swim sessions

Temporarily, advanced swimmers can train:

Mondays 1900-2000 @ Christleton,

Wednesdays 0600-0700 @ City Baths, and

Fridays 1900-2000 @ Christleton.

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When we can go back to normal, advanced sessions are held at Christleton Sports Centre on Mondays 19:00 – 20:00 and Fridays 18:00 – 19:00. Combined squad swims are at Chester City Baths early mornings on Wednesdays 06:00 – 07:00, an afternoon session on Saturdays 15:00 – 16:00 and evenings on Sundays 18:15 – 19:15.

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 Fridays – CSS development.
  • Wednesdays – Speed work and CSS development.
  • Saturdays – Fitness.
  • Sundays – Endurance.