Virus Update ******

Virus Update ***

Following questions from some families at our sessions on Sunday the club would just like to assure everyone that we, like businesses and other volunteer run organisations, are taking this issue seriously. Whilst we will make decisions in the next days or weeks on our sessions and Club Champs etc. we will do so based on the guidance of Swim England and the Government, and locally – the Leisure Centre. We have a Management Meeting on Tuesday and will post any changes to sessions and if the Club Champs will go ahead on Saturday, following the meeting.
We naturally support any GDSC staff who feel they need to stay away for the health and safety of themselves and their immediate family but ask you to contact both Mark and Nigel via email or text to allow cover to be put in place if necessary.




**7th March 2020** Scunthorpe

Sadly we have had to withdraw from this gala on the grounds of not being able to provide a full squad for the event.

This is very disappointing from a Club perspective, and very embarrassing for Mark and I as we are two of the louder voices in the County asking for the Diddy League to be run to give all kids a chance at gala swimming, and for there to be 3 gala’s, us not attending makes our voice weaker in future meetings.

We could only field 3 of the girls age groups and no boys age groups, this is despite a gala list being posted on both the notice board and FB since January.

We cannot afford for this to happen again for the next gala – 13th June @ Louthwe need swimmers from Penguins upwards to be available for the gala – we will do all we can to get a team together, putting the list on notice boards, the website and FB, asking a parent of each swimmer closer to the event – we need the support of parents – put the date in your diary, keep it free, please!!

Nigel – Chair


GDSC – Young Aquatic Helpers

Success for Gainsborough Dolphins swimmers on the clubs first Young Aquatic Helpers Course.

GDSC recently held their first Young Aquatic Helpers Course at the pool. Five, of the clubs current young swimmers took part on the course and are all now helping out in an active role within the club.

(Pictured below, left to right) Course attendee’s – Finlay Dawson, Amelia Nimmo, Freya Gidlow and Amelia Osborne with, (the not so young) head coach Mark Smith, after receiving their certificates from Swim England.

“They’ve all done fantastic, its great to see that our swimmers are wanting to help out, and pass on what they have learnt to younger, developing swimmers in the club. As a club run entirely by volunteers, their help is greatly appreciated” – Kieran Ferry, Workforce Coordinator.

The YAH course, which was delivered by the club, gives young swimmers (14 to 16 yrs old) an introduction to being an Assistant Teacher and is an official qualification from Swim England. With the success of the first course, the club is considering delivering it again in December this year.

Chairman, Nigel Stevenson, on behalf of the club, would like to thank Kieran for organising and taking the course and congratulate the attendee’s.

Club Diary

The latest Open Meets, Club Champs and Gala’s have been added to the new look EVENTS page (Go to Competitive Swimming, scroll down to Events).

Have a look and add to your phone, diary or calendar – just click on the date and see the details for the event on that day below the calendar.

Any questions about an event, please use the Contacts page (title it FAO – Mark), or speak with Mark at the pool

Extra Sessions – Goldfish & Penguins

GOLDFISH – Width Swimmers – Ben’s Group

You are offered an extra session on a Thursday evening – 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

At Ben’s discretion there is also a Saturday AM session – 8:00am to 9:00am – this Saturday session is for those who enter Club Champs and show signs of wanting to compete.

These extra sessions are in lengths and sessions are designed to help with the transition from width to lengths ready for when swimmers move up on a Sunday.

Cost – £1 payable per extra session – pay at the desk.

Please make every effort to attend these extra sessions, it is for your benefit.

Penguins – P1 and P2 – Lengths Kieran and Nigel groups

You are offered an extra session on a Wednesday evening – 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

It is important for your development that you attend.

If your circumstances do not allow this, you may be able to join the Thursday sessions 6:30pm to 7:30pm – you need to discuss with Nigel first

Penguins – P3 and P4 – Lengths Kieran and Nigel groups

You are offered two extra sessions, Wednesday evening – 6:30pm to 7:30pm and Thursday evening – 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

It is important for your competitive development that you attend.

We would prefer that you attend both but expect you to attend at least one of these sessions.

Please also be aware of the squad requirements with regards to Club Champs and Open Meets as per the Move Up flyer handed out.

Other extra sessions are available for selected swimmers on a Tuesday evening and a Saturday morning – these are at the invitation of Mark Smith (Swim Manager)

Cost – £1 per extra session – pay at the desk

It is important for the Club and for your development as you progress towards competitive swimming that you take up these extra sessions.