There are a number of clubs in the Bradford area offering a variety of learning, coaching and training sessions. There will be a club near you listed below which can match your needs.

Bingley Swimming Club

Website - www.bingleyasc.org

Bingley Amateur Swimming Club is able to cater for the requirements of swimmers of all abilities with members ranging from novice to regional and national swimmers. Whether you want a 'social' swim in order to meet new friends, at the same time enhancing your fitness and improving your stroke technique, or whether you enjoy competitive swimming, you will be most welcome.

We support the Bradford & District and Airedale & Wharfedale Swimming Association gala program, take part in club Invitation and appropriate 'Graded' galas, as well as swimming abroad in an International gala. We even run a number of our own internal championship through the year.

Membership by application. We give prospective swimmers a trail session. Swimmers should be able to swim 200m, and be able to swim Frontcrawl, Backstroke and Breaststoke for full membership. Junior Membership is also available: Must be 5yrs + and be able to swim at least 25 metres in deep water. Limited number of Adult places available.

Bradford Dolphin Swimming Club

Website - www.bradford-dolphin.co.uk

Founded in 1888 Bradford Dolphin is one of the oldest clubs in the Country. In the early days we were famous for water polo winning many National Championships and were the first club to win 6 national titles in a row.

Today we concentrate on competitive swimming. Our objectives are to improve and coach our members in the art of swimming so that those who wish to can progress and compete in appropriate galas.

We encourage our swimmers to progress to the City of Bradford training scheme of which we were founder members and to which we offer our full support.

A voluntary committee elected by the membership runs the club and retains the services of a Chief Coach who has full responsibility for swimming matters and is helped a group of enthusiastic volunteers.

We offer 4 training sessions at Tong High School, Queensbury Pool and Bradford Grammar School. We do like all new swimmers to attend the Queensbury session first where they will be given a free trial and assessment by our Head Coach.

If the swimmer and our coach are happy they will be recommended to certain sessions. The new swimmers can swim as non-members for a maximum of three weeks after which they need to become members to continue.

Bradford Swimming Club

Website - www.bradfordswimmingclub.co.uk

Bradford Swimming Club was founded in 1965 and has since this date endeavoured to teach children in the Bradford area to swim as well as coach them in the techniques and stamina required for competitive swimming.

We currently have approximately 100 swimming members who compete in swimming galas in the Bradford, Leeds and Huddersfield areas.

We have a fully qualified ASA Coach and several ASA Teachers and Assistant Teachers to provide the best possible tuition to our swimmers. We cater for a broad spectrum of swimming abilities from complete beginners to County standard swimmers and our Membership Fees and Training Session Charges are probably the lowest in the area.

It's not all swimming though as we have a very active Social side as we pride ourselves on being a very friendly and family based Club. Throughout the year we organise Disco's, Horse Racing Nights, Car Treasure Hunts etc to which all our swimmers and their families are most welcome.

Ilkley Swimming Club

Website - www.ilkleyswimmingclub.co.uk

Ilkley Swimming Club is a friendly, growing club, with experienced coaches run by a volunteer committee on a non-profit making basis. We are based at the pool in Ilkley where we run all our training sessions. Our aim is for members to improve and progress their swimming as far as they want - whether swimming competitively or for fitness and the simple pleasure of swimming. Most of all we want all our members to enjoy their swimming.

We run a structured training programme over three evenings a week and our members are split into five squads:

C squad - for those swimmers whose main focus is skill development. They swim twice a week

B squad - for those swimmers with a higher level of skill. The focus is on a mixture of skill development and fitness. They swim 3 times a week.

A squad - seniors (18 to 24) and juniors with a high level of skill. The focus is on fitness and training. They swim 3 times a week

Masters - swimmers over the age of 24. They swim 3 times a week

Triathletes and other swimmers who use swimming as part of a fitness regime. This squad will swim once a week.

We believe that good technique underpins all successful swimming and focus heavily on it. Progression from one squad to another is based on skills. Our coaches all have coached and/or competed at international or national level

We compete in local galas and some Open meets and run our own gala and time trials. We encourage our junior swimmers to take part in galas but this is not a requirement. Some use their swimming for fitness, for other sports or for triathlons. We encourage our talented and committed junior swimmers to progress, whether via the City of Bradford Swimming Club training scheme or otherwise.

Our Master swimmers include competitive swimmers who compete in regional and national championships, triathletes and open water swimmers

Our session times are:

Monday: 7pm to 8pm B squad. 8pm to 9pm A squad and Masters

Tuesday: 6pm to 6.45pm C squad. 6.45pm to 7.45pm B squad. 7.45pm to 9pm A squad, Masters and Triathletes

Thursday: 6pm to 6.45pm C squad. 6.45pm to 7.45pm B squad. 7.45pm to 9pm A squad, Masters and Triathletes

All junior and Masters swimmers are expected to have a certain level of swimming ability. For juniors, we prefer new members to have finished all levels on the Bradford swimming teaching scheme (or equivalent) but do take on swimmers who are coming to the end of their lessons. Masters typically swim 3000 metres in an hour. Our triathletes have a broad range of abilities.


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