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Essential Information

Everything from fees to kit lists – we have it covered

Club fees and payment details

  • National Squad - £95 per month
  • Regional Squad - £79 per month
  • County Squad - £63 per month
  • Development Squad - £53 per month
  • Masters (competitive) - £42 per month
  • Masters (non-competitive) - £32 per month
  • Para Squad - £42 per month
  • Youth Development 2 - £38 per month
  • Youth Development 1 - £35 per month
  • Skills - £37 per month

We take membership payments via direct debit on a monthly basis. Gala entries and other fees are usually added on to your monthly bill. If, however, you need to make a payment to the club for any other reason, please using the following details:

  • Account Name: RDASC
  • Sort Code: 543043
  • Account Number: 02230798

When you are sending a payment please include a description of what the payment is for:


  • John Smith – ASA (ASA Fees for John Smith)
  • Lisa Bond – Merch (Hoodies and kit for Lisa Bond)

We manually have to review payments and we receive hundreds of payments each month. If possible please put through different categories of payments through separately (i.e. competition fees and kit).


Please make all cheques payable to RDASC

Kit List

The kit you need will depend on which squad you or your child swims in. Here is a run down of the kind of kit you will need. If you are unsure about what to purchase, please speak to a coach who will be happy to make recommendations. Remember, we have negotiated great deals with our partner Ness Swimwear using code RDALE0711.

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A chart detailing the club's kit list

Tips and Resources for Parents

Being a ‘Swim Parent’ is quite the commitment.  As your young swimmer ploughs up and down the pool, you are expected to get them where they need to be, provide encouragement and support, and keep their chins up when things aren’t going to plan. It can be quite daunting at times, but don’t worry, we are here to help.

Here at RDASC we have a community of brilliant swim parents who you can call on for advice or support. Of course, you can also speak to your child’s coach about anything that might be on your mind.

Swim England also have some excellent resources, which can be accessed on their website. Everything from swimmer health and mental wellbeing is covered, as well as nutrition and more general matters. These articles and videos are high quality and well worth a look. You can find the resources here

For our part, we have produced our own set of ’10 commandments’ for parents…

1) Thou shalt not make this about you.

It is easy to lose yourself in the excitement of competition, to get caught up in feelings of your own past athletic glories and shortfalls. This time, however, the moment belongs to your child. Don’t allow yourself to ruin his or her moment by projecting your own needs onto the situation.

2) Thou shalt not coach, motivate or bribe.

You pay your money to a coach because he or she is qualified to do the job. Allow the coach to work effectively by granting him/her authority on the sport. Swimming is a very technical sport, which should not be taught by those without specialised training. Your coach has worked hard to become an expert in this field, and parents should resist the temptation to throw their views in on technique. The result is that the coaches will form a very close bond with and understanding of your child, and this understanding gives them great insight into the motivation and discipline of your child.

3) Thou shalt love unconditionally.

It is crucial that your child understands one thing above all else – that your love for him/her does not in any way depend on his/her performance. There is already plenty of pressure in trying to get the swim right at the moment of the big meet. If you throw in a sense that “mum or dad will be mad if I blow it,” then failure is almost inevitable.

4) Thou shalt follow the same rules of sportsmanship as thy child.

The best advice on sportsmanship is quite simple; “A champion takes victory and defeat in the same way.” Lead your child by example, and put a swift end to gloating and other forms of poor sportsmanship by showing that you won’t tolerate it in yourself or your child.

5) Thou shalt not compare or divide.

Comparing your child to other athletes on the team or in the meet is unhealthy and pointless. Success is a journey, not a destination. Every child will take a different path, will learn at a different speed, and will arrive at a different kind of success. Before you become concerned about who is outpacing your child, ask yourself “Is my child having fun? Is he / she learning? Is this a positive thing for him / her?” If the answers are “yes,” you have nothing to worry about. This sort of comparison mindset leads to divisions within the team, and animosity among parents. Don’t fall into this trap.

6) Thou shalt take criticism straight to the coach.

Any concerns or questions about the programme should go straight to the coach. Discussing and complaining with other parents is a waste of your energy, and won’t fix the problem. It also may plant seeds of discontent in the parent group, which is bad for everyone. It is also helpful to remember that these things always seem to get back to the coach anyway, and the grapevine is a very inaccurate way to communicate. Help to improve the team by talking directly with the coach.

7) Thou shalt teach thy child to find the lessons in failure.

Once again, success is a journey, and failure is a teacher. In life, we are taught the same lessons over and over until we get the message and learn the lesson. Swimming is a sport that is made up of 90% failure. If we teach children to see failure as an opportunity for growth, we empower them for life.

8) Thou shalt help thy child to persevere.

Because there is so much fear involved with Swimming, a child may wish to drop out of the sport rather than face the next new challenge. This often occurs after a Swimmer has taken time off at the end of the season or at Christmas time. Children rarely understand the value of delayed gratification without guidance from an adult. Our culture is so preoccupied with instant gratification that it is even more critical to teach the value of hard work and sacrifice for greater rewards. Talk to the coach if you see your child becoming overwhelmed by fear, or becoming reluctant to go to practice, these are usually problems that can be solved through communication.

9) Thou shalt get thy child to training on time.

Success in Swimming depends on consistent practice habits over the entire year. Poor attendance leads to fear, frustration and poor performances.

10) Enjoy the ride.

Swimming is a unique sport that can serve to teach your child many valuable life skills. Take time to share this unique experience with your child, and have some fun while you’re here


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