Membership Information


Barrow ASC provides swimming facilities for children who have attained NPTS Level 6, for developing swimmers, for age group swimmers and swimmers of national standard.

The club aims to provide an atmosphere where swimming is an enjoyable and sociable experience.

Joining the club

If you wish to join the club and are accepted the Membership Form 2013 must be completed in full. This form can be downloaded at the bottom of the page. 

Information pack for new members is attached below. This contains the training squads information included on this page.

In an attempt to be an all-encompassing swimming club, Barrow ASC carry out evaluations on individual abilities. The club hold trials on the last Wednesday of every month (during school term) at 5:30 pm. 
If the Club is full at any time, a waiting list will be in operation. For further details please contact Mandy Steele on 813288 or email

The club are required to hold medical and emergency contact details of all swimmers. These details will be stored securely. The medical form is attached at the end of this page. Please download, fill it in and give the completed form to one of the coaches.

The club insist that all squad fees are paid by standing order. A Standing Order Mandate (MS Word 2003 format) is attached at the bottom of the Squad Fees page.

The monthly fees are currently as follows:

Performance Squad – AP1 – £50.00

Performance Squad – AP2 – £53.50

A Squad – £45.00

B Squad – £38.00

D Squad – £27.00

Dolphins – £16.00 

After the evaluation (trial) the parent/s and child/ren will be advised of the most suitable course of action to allow the child to progress and develop his/her swimming skills.

All squad movements are in line with the Barrow ASC Squad Movement policy, provided that there is room to accommodate the swimmer in the next squad.

Barrow ASC consists of the following sections and a description of the structure of each is detailed below:


WEDNESDAY 4.30pm – 5.30pm

The Dolphins section of the Club is aimed at children from the age of six years onwards and we take swimmers who have attained Level 6 of the National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS). This involves teaching them the basic principles of swimming e.g. getting confidence in the water, teaching the child to swim and hopefully increasing their ability.

After initial basic water training, children work through the sections from Beginners, through Improvers to Capables, in line with the NPTS.

When children reach the required standard in the Capable stage, at the discretion of the coach, will be considered for squad D (dependent on ability).


MONDAY 6.30 – 7.30pm & WEDNESDAY 4.30 – 5.30pm 

D Squad is the first stage of entry into competitive swimming and is aimed at children between the ages seven to eleven. The objectives of the group are to teach children the mechanics of the four strokes, how to do starts and turns, what the flags are for, and to swim in teams.

The swimmers are reminded that at this stage poolside discipline is of paramount importance. The swimmers are expected to have been to the toilet, showered and to be on the poolside, ready to swim with their hats, goggles and flippers with them, (flippers may be used to increase the swimmers’ leg kick and to aid in giving confidence in stroke work).


TUESDAY 6.30pm – 7.30pm, FRIDAY 4.30pm – 5.30pm & SUNDAY 4.30pm – 5.30pm

B Squad swimmers can also attend MORNING TRAINING on a MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY from 5.30am – 7.30am.

B Squad continues to promote good technique with the swimmers taking more responsibility for their individual application, but with increased workload and pool time.

Again the swimmers are reminded about discipline. In particular they should have attended the toilet, showered and be on the poolside complete with their hat, goggles and flippers or hand paddles before the allotted start time.

The swimmers should be courteous and polite to the coaches and each other. They should show respect in the lane to other swimmers.



WEDNESDAY 5.30pm – 7.30pm, FRIDAY 5.30pm – 7.30pm & SUNDAY 5.30pm – 7.30pm

A Squad swimmers can also attend MORNING TRAINING on a MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY from 5.30am – 7.30am.



MONDAY 5.30 to 7.30pm, TUESDAY 5.30 to 7.30pm, WEDNESDAY 5.30 to 7.30pm, FRIDAY 5.30 to 7.30pm & SUNDAY 5.30pm –7.30pm

Performance Squad swimmers can also attend MORNING TRAINING on a MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY from 5.30am – 7.30am.

This squad represents the clubs top competitive squad and the swimmers will train to compete in meets identified by the Head Coach.

The aim of the squad is to achieve a high level of performance which will enable them to compete in the following events:

  • National Championships, OR
  • North West Regional Championships

Swimmers in this squad must show a high level of commitment to training and must attend additional training sessions as necessary.

Performance Squad swimmers are expected to attend at least one morning training session per week.


Each swimmer is expected to attend as many training sessions, for which they are eligible, as possible.

PLEASE REMEMBER, we don’t expect swimmers to train when sick, injured, or they have other commitments, however, missed sessions (unless previously discussed with the treasurer), still have to be paid for due to the cost of hiring the pool.

The swimmers are expected to be punctual, on the poolside 5 minutes prior to the start of the session, ready to swim.

If chosen to represent the Club in any competition, the swimmer is expected to comply with this request, unless they have a good reason not to.


Club Galas

It is an ASA rule that all competitive clubs keep records of all swimmers times. To comply with this Barrow ASC hold galas called “CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS” five times a year and for this reason it is expected that all squad swimmers will attend.