How well does my child need to be able to swim to join Wanganui Swimming Club?

They must be water confident and have an understanding of freestyle and backstroke.


Can my child be involved in competitions?

Yes, once they can swim 50m confidently.


What qualifications do the coaches have?

All have attended Swimming NZ coaching courses and/or have been squad swimmers themselves.


How big is the Club?

Approximately 150 swimmers plus parent officials.


Who do I discuss my child's progress with?

Your child's coach (please do so either before or after training).


Who do I speak to if I am unsure of something?

Talk to the coaches or any board member.  You can also email admin@wanganuiswimclub.org.nz if you are unsure about fees or administrative matters.


How do I enter my child into a competition?

Meet schedules are provided by coaches and/or emailed direct to parents.  Individual entries are completed via the SNZ website (My Page) using your login and password.  Contact admin@wanganuiswimclub.org.nz if you have any problems with your login.  The coaches may advise appropriate races for your swimmer, ask them if you have specific queries.


What equipment does my child need?

Goggles, Cap (for long-haired children), togs (shorts are difficult to swim in). Togs need to be close fitting - not bought to "grow in to". When fitting girls togs, ensure that the shoulder strap, when lifted, goes to the ear lobe only. Loose oversized togs wear out quickly and cause rubbing.


What are the "4 Major Strokes"?

Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Freestyle. They are swum in distances from 25m - 1500m (Freestyle) and 25m - 200m in the other strokes. There is also the Individual Medley (IM), which is the 4 strokes, swum in the order Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Freestyle, from 100m to 400m.


What does it cost to be a WSC member? 

Please see the new fee and payment schedule here for all pre squad and squad groups.
Competitive Swimmers also pay affiliation fees (one payment in July/ August).  Competition costs are additional.
Note: All swimmers need to be affiliated if they wish to swim in competitions.


How do I pay?

1.  An invoice will issue on the 1st of each month.  Fees are to be paid by the 20th of each month.

2.  Direct bank deposit to:  Wanganui Swimming Club Acc No. 020792 0038903 04.  Please include the  swimmer's name and squad name as a reference.


What is Club Night?

Club Nights are usually held once a term.  Check the Events page for the next date.
Club Nights are a fun way for swimmers to be timed and to check their progress. Race distances range from 25m - 400m.  It is a great way for club members to get together, including parents and caregivers. Club Night is run the same way as any swim meet, with swimmers marshalling prior to a race and following the race protocols. Parents are encouraged to stay, watch their children and to help by timekeeping or doing other jobs around the pool.


How will I know when my child is ready to move up a level?

Each swimmer is assessed, then placed in a session with swimmers of similar age and ability. Each class has a maximum of eight swimmers.  Our aim is to help swimmers to gain the skills to progress to the next level, while learning to swim each stroke with competence.