We welcome and encourage you and your family to come along and see if Scarborough Swimming Club is for you and offer everyone two free sessions. Occasionally we run link sessions, which are a chance for you to sample our swim teaching if you are currently in a learn to swim programme with Everyone Active or anyone else - please ask for more details or advice if you’re not sure which sessions may suit you best.



From March 2019 and in partnership with the Harbour Bar, Scarborough Swimming Club offer free Learn to Swim Lessons for all primary school children who reside within the Borough.

The sessions run every Tuesday between 5pm and 6pm at Braeburn Primary School indoor pool and are overseen by team leader Mrs Sarah Harvey. The free lessons are delivered by volunteers from the club, attended poolside by a fully qualified lifeguard.

The free lessons run in blocks of 10 with regular assessments and fun sessions incorporated.  The structured programme will give each child the perfect start in learning how to be safe in water, learn the correct strokes and techniques, alongside all the benefits of becoming a confident stronger swimmer. Upon completion, all participating children will automatically become full Scarborough Swimming Club members, where they will benefit from opportunities which are available through the Club.

In return parents will be asked to be part of the voluntary fund-raising team to help cover the cost of pool hire and the lifeguard. This is very low level and the group encourages the swimmers to form friendships also it helps parents understand how a community club environment is a great way to introduce their children to the world of swimming.

Anyone who is interested in joining please use the button below to message the learn to swim team or collect an application form from Scarborough Swimming Club desk any Thursday evening between 6pm and 8pm.

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Click the button above to message the Learn to Swim Team


All our coaches and teachers are passionate about swimming and supporting, motivating and caring about athletes in their development as swimmers and people. Some have been successful competitive swimmers or athletes themselves and our Head Coach, Sam Greetham supports the National British Open Water swim team at meets Internationally. Most are volunteers choosing to support the club and swimmers because of their love of both the sport and supporting the growth and improvement of swimmers. They will always aim to inspire, communicate honestly and appropriately and listen well. All have appropriate training and qualifications and are committed to the ongoing development of their skills and knowledge to continue engaging and encouraging our athlete’s belief in themselves.

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Swimmers progress through squads as they improve and grow. Personal best times, discussions regarding performance between coaches, parents and individual swimmers, and commitment to training are also factors. Coaches regularly discuss progression of swimmers but please speak to your coach if you feel there should be a progression that isn’t happening or a swimmer would prefer to be with a different coach. Movement between squads can happen at any time but will mostly be towards the end of the year as age groups change.


All squads will cover the following basics:

  1. Work to annual coaching plans devised as part of a 4 year program

  2. Develop and improve stroke technique on all four competitive strokes

  3. Learn basic stroke drill progressions for all four competitive strokes.

  4. Monitor own training progressions by regular timed test swims and goal setting

  5. Swim Individual Medley (IM) swimming sets

  6. Learn and perfect starts, turns and finishes on all four competitive strokes and IMs

  7. Learn and perfect relay changeovers

  8. Independently monitor training pace using the pace clocks

  9. Learn the rules of the sport

  10. Gradually increase the distance covered in training sessions to improve endurance

  11. Participate in club time trials, performing a variety of strokes and distances

  12. Participate in local open meets and annual club meets

  13. Learn the process of goal setting and working towards objectives

  14. Learn to keep a record of competition results

  15. Learn and practice basic stretching, body-weight and core strength exercises

  16. Take responsibility for ensuring own swim equipment/clothing is present at sessions

  17. Be set timely achievement goals either as an individual or a group

  18. Encouraged to set own goals regularly