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New 6 December

See the Newsletters & Posters page for who passed their NPTS Levels in the Main Pool this evening.

If you're quick, you'll see our Masters section report in the Sports Section of the Thanet Extra and other local papers - fame at last!

The kitbags are here!  We'll be selling them this evening and next week (remember it is splash night next week, then we break for Christmas for 3 weeks).  The bags are 12 each (payment by cheque preferred) and include a pair of hand paddles (small, medium or large) and a blue/white kickboard.  Remember that we are including the kickboards to help solve our storage problems so some may not be in absolutely perfect condition but will still do the job!

New 1 December

Read the outcome of our first ever Water Polo tournament - click here

Massive thanks go to Lawrence Arnold, who was the Coach for the Hythe Aqua Junior Water Polo team for 4 years, and is a very competant player himself.  Swimmers, teachers and helpers all had a great time taking part and watching, and we all learnt a lot from Lawrence.  We're delighted to say he will be coming along again to teach and ref our next tournament, probably in March 2008.

(PS does anyone have a load of our yellow competition water polo balls?  We may have given these to a parent for safe keeping but we can't remember who!)

Jane Pond, Louise English and Debbie Barnett are your Parent Liaison people.  If you have any questions or concerns, please approach them in the first instance and they will be happy to help.  If they don't know the answer, they will find someone who does. 

Please talk to them instead of coming out on poolside to talk to the poolside staff.  The teachers are there to teach and ensure that everyone's children are safe and happy.  If your question can only be answered by a teacher, the Parent Liaison people will find out the answer and pass it on to you, or arrange a time outside of lesson time for the query to be answered.

Remember that we are finishing off our NPTS assessments next week in the Main Pool, so please make every effort for your child to come along.  We can then figure out where everyone needs to be and let you know who has passed their Level and who needs to move groups!  Thanks.

Lastly for today - Splash night 13 December - child members are free and come along for their normal session time.  Parents/carers can join in for 2, siblings just 1.  No cousins, friends, etc please for safety reasons. Swimmers must be able to do 50m in the main pool if they wish to go on the big island.  Remember that children are the responsibility of their grown-up in this session - please keep an eye on your younger children, and don't send them in on their own. 

New 29 November

Click here for the November newsletter - important stuff about behaviour, dates, Presentation Evening details, kitbags and more

New 25 November

We had some Teaching Pool trials last week, we should have the updated waiting list available later this week, so keep checking if that affects you!

Thanks to all those swimmers and parents who took the time to do the Gala Survey.  In general, the responses told us that:

  • all the respondants enjoyed the evening
  • their favourite events were either the lifesaving relay or the bay relay
  • we need to change the location of the PA system!
  •  the Bay relay was a great start to the evening
  • they felt it was well organised
  • it was good to have the results on the website quite soon after the gala (scroll down to 22 November for the link)
  • one said it was the best gala ever!

We're so pleased that everyone enjoyed themselves, from the swimmers to the audience, and from the parents to poolside officials and helpers. 

There were a couple of responses about the organisation of the Bay relay. We will work with the Bay Captains to improve next time around but remember that we also rely on swimmers' to turn up, or if they can't come, to let us know as far in advance as possible.   

Next formal gala will be April 2009, but we hope to put together some kind of event in summer 2008 to bridge the gap.

New 23 November

Who passed their Diving awards in the Main Pool last night?

Remember the water polo tournament 29 November - this has a particular impact on 8.15 and 9.00 groups who should all come in at 8.15 and stay till 9.30ish.  See the Water Polo pages for more details.

New 22 November

2007 gala results

New 18 November

We're delighted to say the Club gala went off really well last night!  There were the usual couple of teething problems at the beginning (well, we do only do this once a year!) but after that the whole evening kept it's momentum and excitement.  We're interested in constructive feedback - use the Gala 2007 Survey form to tell us about it.  (If there is something that you would like us to respond to, you must put your email address in the last box otherwise we will not know who it is from)

The swimmers did fantastically well, showing that their hard work has been paying off all this time.  Well done to all the swimmers who took part and we hope you and your family enjoyed yourselves.  Remember that Presentation Evening is 25 January 2008 at the Pavillion in Broadstairs.  Tickets will be on sale after Christmas.

As always, these events are run entirely by unpaid volunteers for YOUR children so a massive vote of thanks goes to (in no particular order):

Sue White - organiser

Ian White - Chief Timekeeper

Sue Smith - Referee

Tony Taylor - Starter and in charge of finding sponsors from local businesses

Sheila Watson, Louise English, Emma Warren (poolside helper and Masters swimmer) - entry, programmes and raffle

Trev Bond - announcer

Justin Tilley - IT wizard, sorting out entries and results

Carolyn Bond and Lisa Andrews - Finish judges - very difficult job, especially with some of those close finishes!

Paul Tuddenham and Claire Hunter (Masters swimmer) - stroke and turn judges, making sure everyone stays within the rules

Emma Kemp, Jo Webster, Meryl Smallbone, Gary Smallbone, Rose Atkins, Cathy Tuddenham, Amanda Drake, Tony New - timekeepers - fastest fingers first!

Molly White - runner, taking those all important sheets along to the Recorder

Eric Woodin, Val Woodin and Jane Pond - Stewards, collecting the swimmers and taking them down ready for their races

Bay Captains and Vice Captains - Sophie White, Jon Drake, Danielle Aspital, Ant Tuddenham, Jack Basson, James Preston - well done for sorting out your teams on the night

Sophie Woodin - for rescuing the programme and putting it all together!

Liam Fricker - much gratitude for supplying a PA system that worked!

We are going to hold the next gala in April 2009, hopefully a better time of year to avoid colds and ear infections!

New - 15 November

We will be aiming to finish off assessing the swimmers for their NPTS awards over the next few weeks, in both the Teaching and Main Pool.  Please make sure that your child comes along, so that we can check their progress - if they are not there, we won't always have the time to go through things individually.

We are delighted to say that a local company, Imagez UK (www.imagez-uk.co.uk) based at Little Cliffsend Farm, are the suppliers of our fab and popular new tshirts!  Imagez are currently working very hard to get the xtra-small size tshirts ready for us for sale on Thursday. 

In case you don't already know, to launch our new logo, we have subsidised the cost of these tshirts and they are for sale - not 10, not 8, not even 7 - only 5 per shirt! 

The new kitbags on order. They should be with us on or around 10 December.  The cost to anyone buying one will include a set of new hand paddles and one of our blue and white kickboards.  Cost is possibly around 15, but watch this space for confirmation of that.  We were going to start with getting the 9.00 group kitted out, but this offer is now open to anyone who wants to buy a bag.   

Our Masters swimmers (age over 25) had their first go at the Medway Masters on Sunday 11 November.  The results are now on the Medway ASA website and the meet report is done - happy reading!

New - 8 November

We hope you love our new logo as much as we do!  We held a logo competition earlier this year and had some great entries.  The winning entry came from Maria Steffanini.  We sent it to a local designer, Cave Creative (www.cavecreative.com), to have a look at.  Cave Creative used Maria's picture to inspire them and came with this brand new logo.  We think it looks very dymanic and contemporary and are looking forward to using it on this website, shirts for the teachers, swimmers and Bay Captains, the gala programme - just about everywhere we can!


Chloe Gambrill, one of our Club members, won the Fund Raising category of the recent Pride Of Britain Awards.  You may know that Chloe has been treated for leukaemia over the last 2 years or so.  During this time, she and her family have had many roller-coaster moments, but they have raised lots of money for cancer research by taking part in the Race for Life and other fundraising activities.   

You might remember our sponsored swim last year, to raise money for cancer charities, where the swimmers completed something like 88,000 metres, that's up and down Mount Everest eight times!  Chloe herself led the way in this, despite it being in the middle of her treatment.

   Chloe and her family, brother Charlie, mum Kelly and dad Darren (one of our teachers), have all been utterly amazing during this difficult time.  

New 6 October

See the Small Pool waiting list, and the priority codes and, on the same page, post codes for children waiting for trial! 

New 5 October

Just joining?  Here's what you need to do if you've had an offer of a place  

New 4 October

See the October 2007 newsletter

Another date for your diary - 29 November - Inter-Bay Water Polo tournament for 8.15 and 9.00 groups only- click here for more info

New 30 September

Is your child or grandchild on our waiting list?  Click here to see the list as at today! 

Also ...

new email address which is hopefully easier to remember!


The old one will switch messages automatically for a while.

New 6 September 

Distance badges - who achieved an award - click here!

Personal Survival courses - these are now done for another year - click here find out who passed!

L@@K - who passed their Water Skills award in March (published 5 July)

L@@K - NEW - Minutes of Annual General Meeting, May 2007 - AGM 2007

Any questions? 

Contact us on broadstairsswim@tesco.net



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