Helpful Information

Here is some useful information which will help you on joining Putteridge Swimming club.

Kit
When you join the club there is kit you will need:

Mesh bag and everything shown on the left here along with goggles, nose clip and ear plugs if needed.

Proswimwear is the best value site to place orders for equipment or any other swimwear that you require. You can get to the Proswimwear website clicking the button here. You just click the link and place your order, it is very simple to use.

Alongside this you will require a Club t-shirt and Club hat. We also do Club hoodies. These are required for wearing at all galas. Orders can be placed at club desk on Wednesday evening.

New Senior Age group and Masters Swimmers can find a link here. The link will take you to our poolside kit.  You can order directly from them and is delivered to directly to you.

Paperwork to complete upon joining:

ASA Registration

When you join the club it is an ASA requirement that you are registered. There are 3 different categories of registration:

ASA Category 1 

Membership is for members of any age who are learning to swim or who are swimmers at any level, who do not compete in any discipline in open competition (other than those exempted under Law 321.1.2 and those competitions designated as‘Low Level Competition’.

ASA Category 2 

Membership is for all members of any age who compete in any discipline in open competitions (other than those exempted under Law 321.1.2 and those competitions designated as ‘Low Level Competition’.

Competitive members benefit from a structured competitive pathway at all levels in all disciplines.

ASA Category 3

Membership is for all members of any age who are not in categories one or two including, but not being limited to, any persons who have voting rights in their club by virtue of being a parent of, or a person with parental responsibility for, a member in categories one or two; administrators; associate members; coaches; helpers; honorary members; life members; officers; qualified officials of any discipline; patrons; teachers; temporary members; vice-presidents and verifiers or tutors of the Association’s educational certificates. 

Anyone that is involved with swimming in anyway has to have ASA registration in some form. Competitive Swimmers ultimately have to have CAT 2 membership.

You will also have Medical forms, Codes of Conduct and Consent forms to sign.

ASA Membership is an annual fee due in January.

Putteridge SC Competitive Swimming Calendar

The swimming season runs from September to August, as in a football or academic year.

Our Competitive Swimming Calendar is designed to choose Open Meets at the right time in the training programme for our swimmers to be tapered at certain times during the year to primarily aim for County and Regional Qualifying times and then perform well at such events. Now bearing this in mind, as parents, I am hoping to get you into a position to plan. As coaches we will advise swimmers what events they should enter. We are aware as coaches what stroke and distances your child is better at, and due to our limited pool time these are our focal points and aims. Try and get involved with your child and keep and upto date pb list so they can see their achievements. I always have a copy on poolside wherever I am so they know they can see their pbs and in the next column their county time as their aim. Please encourage and praise them as I know you will do. To qualify for County, Regional National competition, times must be achieved at a licensed meet. Check out our current calendar here.

A Guideline to Types of Competition

Go to LTAD for a more comprehensive explanation section 2-4.

But, basically there are 2 types, Licensed open meets and unlicensed events (which at the moment at Putteridge include club champs and team events like junior league.)

Licensed :

These are termed open meets and are run at

  • Level 1 National qualification meets

  • Level 2 for National and regional Qualification

  • Level 3 for club swimmers seeking regional and county qualifying times

  • Level 4 for club swimmers entering individual open competition

Now to enable you to enter these competitions each level has its own entry requirements. And the age is on day of event.

To illustrate this using Flitwick Open Level 3 Meet and 15 year old qualifying time for 100m breast so you can see the scope and development up to National Level:

Flitwick Open time boys 15 year old 100m breast entry time: 1.29.76

County Qualifying time for same event above :1.23.1

East region Qualifying time: 1.15.81

National Qualifying time: 1.10.19 (LC)

British Champs Qualifying time 1.04.73

Unlicensed:

These events are seen as the fun events, checking performance and team events. At Putteridge these are Club Champs and Trophy Galas. Age for these is age December31st.

Club Champs:

Putteridge Swimming Club, Club Champs are held 4 times a year.  These are currently held at Dunstable Leisure Center. Times that the children get at the Club Champs are not licensed. An email is sent out to parents with details of the events and closing date. The fee for Club Champs is incorporated into the membership fee.

So to confirm, to be able to qualify for Counties the swimmer must obtain the qualifying time at a licensed meet. When an entry form is handed into the club, entry times have to be checked. For the counties, all entry times are checked on the ASA data base, if they are not on there they will not be accepted by Beds ASA.

Most Level 3 Open Meets operate on a 1st come 1st served basis so the earlier entries are in the better.

In line with the LTAD 100m events at the counties are only for 11 and overs so swimmers would not do these distances at Open Meets unless 10 years coming up to 11 for the counties.

To help with any issues including Open Meet Entries and any queries, hats or t-shirts  Putteridge have a CLUB DESK by the café at Inspire Sports Village Luton.

UK Anti Doping Policy

Information on UK Anti Doping Policy can be found here.

British Swimming Individual PB Swimmer Times

Click here for times (Don’t forget to change time scale).
Click here for pool conversion times. Long/Short Course