CSWPC is proud of its competitive swim section. Swimmers  are able to join the club at 7 years old, swimmers start external competition from age 9 onwards.

Current CSWPC swimmers from age 9-19 are achieving county and regional representation year upon year.

Despite the lack of competition during 2020 due to Covid, a full training programme in the pool and on land ensured the CSWPC swimmers posted some of the fastest times in Gloucestershire in 2021 and put long standing club records under threat.

Previous members and coaches have gone on to regional, national and international honours as competitive swimmers.

As members of a multi discipline club swimmers can choose to either dedicate themselves to competition, or make the most of water polo and/or artistic swimming training and competition, at minimum extra cost.

The swimmers are streamed into the following squads based on attendance, commitment and ability:

  • Academy – bridge between swim school and competitive swimming. A single weekly session in the Leisure@ training pool, Cheltenham. Sessions at a time that is suitable for younger swimmers. A second academy will be opened in 2022 to accommodate the post covid demand.
  • Junior squads (squad 4 and 5) – 2 to 3 sessions a week, building stamina and technique; our squad 4 training times are allocated to ensure that those of primary school age get the earliest available pool time. Squad 5 swimmers are encouraged to enter galas and local competitions; squad 4 swimmer’s have routinely qualified for county championships year on year. Our youngest competitive member was top swimmer at the Bristol Christmas Cracker meet in 2021.
  • Senior squad 3 – consists of competitive swimmers from 11-15, making the transition to more intensive training (with 4 hours a week on offer). The squad includes a range of young county and regional swimmers. Training sessions are allocated to ensure minimum travel time and to avoid early morning training, except in the summer months when we make the most of our extensive access to Cheltenham’s 50m pool at the Lido.
  • Senior squad 2 – Swimmers are offered up to 7 hours a week, building stamina and technique but also with an eye to long term understanding of training, competition, and the demands of school and sport. Early mornings are optional.
  • Senior squad 1 – Swimmers are of county standard and can swim as often as they wish to access the multi discipline programme; early mornings are included and athletes are encouraged to take responsibility for their own goals and commitment.

Head coach Tom Howells oversees a termly programme of evaluation and training. He is assisted by coaches from other clubs, trained coaching support, ad volunteers. The whole team works to ensure a range of input to each and every swimmer’s development.

Recommended Kit List

  • Goggles, plus spare
  • Hat, plus spare
  • Kickboard
  • Pull buoy
  • Short fins
  • Water bottle
  • Hand paddles
  • Training snorkel


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Volunteer help

We are always looking for parent squad reps to be a point of contact between the swim squads and the technical committee. A key part of the role is to help new parents and swimmers to the squad with any questions they may have.

If you would like to help the club on a regular or ad-hoc basis, see our Volunteer page for more information.