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At King's College

Why Swimming?

We have a comprehensive swimming and aquatics programme that provides opportunities for pupils to enjoy the water throughout school life, whether it be social, recreational, competitive or as part of the PE timetable.

King's has a fantastic 25m, five lane pool which is 1.1m deep in the shallow end and 2.8m in the deep end, thereby facilitating other aquatic activities such as water polo, scuba diving, kayaking, lifesaving and synchronized swimming.

Various swimming and aquatics activities are available throughout the year. In the Third Form, all pupils have swimming lessons as part of their PE programme and swimming is available as an individual sport option for those taking GCSE or A level PE.


Test the Water

Swimming is a vital life skill and necessary for pupils wishing to take part in other water-based activities outside of the pool environment such as sailing and kayaking. At King’s we ensure all pupils complete a water safety test and provide additional tuition for those who require more confidence and practice.

For pupils who wish to swim recreationally, space is always allocated during programmed sessions.


Competitive Swim Training

For those who are serious swimmers, progressive squad training is delivered by our Head of Swimming, and during the Michaelmas Term, training is focused on developing aerobic fitness, improving stroke technique and introducing pace.

In the Lent and Summer Terms we focus on maintaining aerobic fitness and developing race skills and speed. Training takes place during games sessions and additional early morning swim training is offered twice weekly. This is often a popular choice for pupils as it does not clash with other sports commitments and provides them with an opportunity to develop their swimming alongside other sports.

Further training sessions are available through our King's Community Swimming Academy programme, giving our pupils the opportunity to access an additional six hours of weekly training.


Competitions and Galas

Throughout the year, King’s pupils have the opportunity to compete in galas against other local schools and clubs.

In March each year we enter a team into the prestigious Bath and Otter Cup, which is an exciting and traditional competition against independent schools across the country held at the London Aquatic Centre, home of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In addition, King’s competes in the longest running unbroken competition in the world between independent schools, the annual Meade King Cup.

As well as traditional school fixtures, we offer time trials each half of term so swimmers can practice racing and monitor their progress. The season draws to a close at the end of the Summer Term with the ever-popular house swimming competition, and a pool party and BBQ for our swim team at our lovely outdoor pool at King's Hall.

Covid-secure Swimming
All sessions are delivered in line with the National Governing Body guidance for Covid-safe swimming. To ensure we can adhere to social distancing measures, our changing rooms are currently out of action. Swimmers either change in their houses or day changing areas and must arrive at the pool ‘beach ready’.

Each session is planned to accommodate year group bubbles and ensure safe distancing whilst swimming.

For fixtures, results and match reports, please click here.

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