Frequently asked questions Q & A

Inverkeithing Competitive Amateur Swimmers

  1. 1) Where do I find information about the club :

 

The general information source is via the website : www.swim-incas.org

 

For swimmer specific and squad information we will update the facebook page which is a closed group.

 

We also have notice boards at Inverkeithing High School (access corridor), Lochgelly High School, Cowdenbeath Leisure Centre and at Carnegie Leisure Centre (upstairs balcony).

 

Don’t be shy. If you have questions ask and also help us to help you by ensuring we have up to date contact information for you. Contact secretary@swim-incas.org


 

2) Payment of Fees :

 

- MEMBERSHIP FEE – An annual fee which is due in April.  The actual amount varies depending on your squad and a breakdown is provided on the enclosed timetable.

- SQUAD FEE – A monthly fee which pays for the swimming activity of the club, including pool hire.  Again, the fee amount varies depending on which squad the swimmer is in.  These must be paid on the first of every month.  (Although this fee is paid monthly, it is an annual fee that is split into twelve equal payments).  Failure to pay may result in a member being prevented from swimming in club sessions.  You will be notified when your child changes squad and ask that you promptly alter your payments accordingly.

- SASA REGISTRATION FEE – All swimmers need to be registered with the Scottish Amateur Swimming Association for insurance purposes and for entering competitions.  This is an annual fee which is due in February.  This money is not kept by the club, but goes straight to Scottish Swimming.

 

InCAS is a non-profit making club.  All payments need to be made directly into the bank account and referenced as to what the payment is for. 

 

All payments excluding monthly membership fees require an email to the Treasurer at incaspayments@gmail.com.

 

Prompt payment of fees is necessary for the smooth running of the club.

 

3) Safety Notes :


To ensure that the club provides a safe, secure and fair swimming environment we have a Club Code of Conduct which all coaches, members and swimmers will be required to sign. 

 

The club has a Child Protection Officer (CPO) and if you have any concerns in this regard please contact them immediately. The details are on the contacts page of the InCAS website swim-incas.org or send an email to CPO@swim-incas.org.

 

In the event of an accident first aiders are provided by the pool management.  Any accident is recorded and parents will be informed.  In an emergency, contact will be made using telephone numbers from our records, so please ensure you keep us updated.

 

4) Squads :


Our squad structure within the club has been set up to ensure each individual swimmer has the opportunity to progress through the squads and promotion is gained at the discretion of the coaching staff when they feel the swimmer has shown enough skill, commitment and dedication.  When swimmers achieve promotion, they receive a promotion letter and certificate.

 

Improver and Bronze squads aim to offer a smooth transition from lessons or other backgrounds and an introduction to competitive swimming.  The programmes are set around improving swimming technique in all four swimming strokes and introducing starts and turns with an emphasis on fun.  Swimmers may be invited to novice leagues or introductory galas and they will also be encouraged to participate in our own club time trials, which allow swimmers to gauge their progress.  Swimmers are encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible. 

 

Silver and Gold squads have increased pool time and continue to work on perfecting their stroke techniques, turns and dives while also increasing stamina.  There will be more competitive swimming opportunities at this stage and coaching staff will be looking for commitment to training to ensure progression.

 

Junior and Development squads start to incorporate land-based training into their schedule as well as increasing pool time.  There will be more opportunity to compete at this stage, including progressing from the Novice Leagues into the Fife Leagues.  In these squads, attendance and commitment are very important to ensure aerobic fitness is maintained.

 

Performance squad is for those swimmers aiming to compete in higher level competitions, for example, East Districts, Scottish National Age Groups (SNAGS), National and British level competitions.  These swimmers are aiming for inclusion in Scottish swimming camps and pathways.  Attendance, positive attitude and commitment are essential.

 

Masters and Social squads train part time alongside the Performance squad to maintain their fitness level and continue to improve their swimming skills without the high attendance requirements and less opportunity for competing.

 

 

5) Training and Equipment

 

Basic equipment required includes;  

-swimming costume,

-goggles,

-swimming cap,

-kickboard

-short fins.

-Hand paddles

-Pull buoys

-Water bottle 

 

Please note that boys must wear swimming trunks or jammers not long baggy shorts as these can hinder progress and make swimming harder due to the excess material around the legs.  Girls must wear a one-piece swimsuit.

 

As swimmers progress through the squads, they will require various items of equipment, some of which can be purchased second-hand from our fundraising team.  Having the right equipment will help them train more effectively and improve competitive performance.

 

You will also need a reusable water bottle to help stay hydrated during training.  Please note that fizzy drinks are strictly prohibited as are any other drinks containers including plastic bottles with removable caps and glass!

 

Should a swimmer require any medication (e.g. inhaler), either routinely or in case of an emergency, please make sure this is brought to every training session and that the coach has been made aware of any medical conditions.

 

There are various types of more advanced equipment which may be used as swimmers move through the squads. Advanced training equipment :

  • pull buoys,
  • hand paddles,
  • ankle bands,
  • parachutes
  • snorkels.  These will be brought to your attention at the relevant time, but feel free to ask your coach if you are unsure about whether you need a certain piece of equipment.

 

Where possible, equipment and personal belongings should be labelled.

 

As mentioned earlier, some second-hand equipment and swimwear are available for sale with all funds raised going to the club.  InCAS also operate a swim shop where you can order branded items like caps, hoodies and T-shirts.

 

6) Galas/Competitions/Meets

 

Each competition is different, appealing to a certain age group or where particular distances of race are available.  Parents are able to spectate and cheer their child on.  Most meets will charge entry and will sell programmes and raffle tickets for a nominal fee.  If wishing to take photographs, it is essential that you gain permission from the organisers.

 

One of the earliest competition experiences for most swimmers is the Fife Novice Leagues and the Fife Leagues.  These offer swimmers the opportunity to swim in a free competition but spaces are limited.  If your child is selected to swim, please respond promptly to the email.  If your child doesn’t

 

Each competition is different, appealing to a certain age group or where particular distances of race are available.  Parents are able to spectate and cheer their child on.  Most meets will charge entry and will sell programmes and raffle tickets for a nominal fee.  If wishing to take photographs, it is essential that you gain permission from the organisers.

 

One of the earliest competition experiences for most swimmers is the Fife Novice Leagues and the Fife Leagues.  These offer swimmers the opportunity to swim in a free competition but spaces are limited.  If your child is selected to swim, please respond promptly to the email.  If your child doesn’t want to swim the space can be offered to someone else.  In these meets it is usual for each swimmer to only have one or two swims.  If swimmers do not turn up on the day it can prevent the club from entering a relay team and therefore affects their teammates.

 

The other type of competition we enter is one where you pay for each swim your child does.  Fraser and the coaching staff will identify appropriate competitions for the club to attend.  He will then identify eligible swimmers and select a variety of races they may wish to enter.  An email will be sent out with these suggested swims and a link to the swim meet details will be included.  This will be on www.swimscotland.co.uk which holds the information on all upcoming competitions and also has official results.  Once you go on the website and access the appropriate gala information you will have all the information about the gala.  This will include the date, time, location, cost and the running order of the swims.  You should then decide what swims your child would like to do and email back your confirmation/decision as soon as possible.  A delay in responding may mean your child misses gala entry.

 

Sometimes meets are oversubscribed, so you may not get all your swims accepted.  Therefore, don’t pay until you have received a confirmation email stating what swims your child has been accepted for.  Payment is made to the InCAS bank account with the competition details in the reference section.  Once you have paid, please email incaspayments@gmail.com.

 

 

 

7) Swimmers Gala Management Notes

 

Before the Gala - Check the time, date, location and what swims you have. - Plan your travel to arrive in good time.

 

Items to Take

 

- Costume

- Cap

- Goggles (including a spare set if you have them)

- Towels x 2

- Pool shoes, (flip flops/Crocs)

- T-Shirt (preferably club t-shirt)

- Bottle of water

- Snack or packed lunch depending on length of meet and preference

- Entertainment for between race

 

8) Process for Swimming meets and galas :

 

On Arrival

 

- Get changed and either take your belongings poolside with you or put them in a secure locker.

- Report to your Coach/Team Manager as soon as you are poolside.

- Check team sheet for events you will be competing in

- Take part in warm up

- Never leave poolside without informing the Coach/Team Manager.

- Do not litter

- Remember you are representing your club.

 

During the Gala

 

- Respect other swimmers

- You must be quiet when races are starting so that other swimmers can hear the start signal. - At the start of races people around the pool should be still so they don’t distract swimmers. - Do not walk in front of judges and referees during a race as you may block their view of the swimmers and adversely affect their ability to observe the race.

- Make your way to marshalling in good time following instruction by your coach.

- Obey instructions from referee and judges promptly.

- When you get to the starting blocks, check in with your timekeepers so they can verify you are in the right lane.

- Some galas have swimmers of varying ages all swimming at one time as it allows the meet to run more efficiently.  Don’t let this discourage you as your time will only be compared to others within your age group. - Result sheets should be displayed poolside and also in the viewing gallery.

 

After Gala

 

- Clear away all rubbish and collect your belongings.

- Ensure your coach has said you can go and your parent/guardian is there for you.

- Get changed and ensure you have everything with you.

Enquiries line:


01383 650649