Learn to Train & Learn To Compete

'After joining the club's Learn To Train squad, my son's enthusiasm for swimming grew massively and was eager to start entering his first competition. When the time came, transferring from Learn to Train into Competitive Development was straightforward and is now taking his swimming to the next level by learning correct swim technique, legal turns and starts and gradually getting him ready for his first proper swim meet. He loves it!' - Andy Elliott

Lead Coach: Adam Clarkson 

Assistant Coaches: Sammy Basham, Ali Browning, Owen Lawson, David Palmer


To maintain a fun atmosphere while introducing basic elements of competitive swimming, including the “Competitive Start Award”.

  • Lengths swimming

  • Improve strokes and skills on all four strokes

  • Improve stamina

  • Developing race starts (from the side and from blocks)

  • Developing race turns and transitions

  • Introducing a competitive element


Squad Criteria:

  • Must be able to swim 50m in a recognised stroke and 25m of each stroke to the required standard​

  • Have reached at least Stage 5 of the Swim England Learn to Swim framework (must be assessed from the ECSC adapted framework)



£30 monthly plus annual membership fee (Learn to Train)
£40 monthly plus annual membership fee (Learn to Compete)

Session Times:

Commitment Level:
2 – 5½ hours per week (depending on level in the squad). Swimming should be one of many activities for the athlete. The swimmer should be team orientated in terms of spirit & attitude.

Recommended Practice Attendance:
2 hours per week (5½ for bridging swimmers)

Focus competitions:

Devon Developments (9yr) and fun galas for 8yrs (such as the Dawlish Ribbon gala). Please speak to the lead coach for advice before entering any meets


Equipment list:
Water bottle, kick board, small pull buoy, training fins, kit bag, goggles, swim suit and swim hat.

Please make sure all items are named.

Swimmers also need a green Club swim hat and Club t-shirt for competitions which can be ordered from our Kit Shop