Marlins is a friendly, non-competitive swimming club for children and young people aged 6 to 18. We provide the opportunity for young swimmers to improve their swimming skills and to keep fit. We meet every Monday at Donyngs Recreation Centre in Redhill, Surrey between 7pm and 9pm, with juniors in the first hour and seniors in the second hour. There is no minimum age when you can join, but typically children start at age 6 and go to age 18, although this is assessed on ability and you can join at any age.
Juniors are expected to be able to swim at least 1 width in order to join and the session focuses on stroke development. The senior session focuses on developing technique and stamina. Typically children in the first session have one teacher for every 5 children reducing to 15 children for every teacher in the second session.
Marlins are members of the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) and abide by their rules and all teachers hold a minimum of Level 1 with at least 3 teachers holding Level 2.
The children take part in events such as ASA distance awards from one length to 3 miles and these are awarded annually, as well as learning about water safety and timed events for certificates (although these are not compulsory). The club does run other fun events such as relays either internally or with other clubs and are willing to look at anything if there is enough support. In 2014, 20 members swam in the Sainsbury Swimathon raising over £2,000 for charity - a great achievement. See Surrey Mirror article here.
We would love you to join us! Please contact the Membership Secretary. If you'd like to try it out, you can do a week trial then join (subject to any waiting lists) for £15 per month. You need to book a trial in advance by contacting membership first please – don’t just turn up as we will not able to accommodate you unless we are aware in advance. There is also a one off joining fee of £15 to cover all the ASA and administration costs. Ongoing fees are currently £12 per month, payable by standing order but this will be increased to £15 per month from 1st April 2015.