Everything you need to know about Dartes. From training times and how to apply for membership, through a potted club history, qualifying times for major meets, and everything else you need as a member of Dartes or a potential member of Dartes.
The Dartes Squads
Which to Choose: Competitive or Performance
Demand for places within the Performance Stream is high. The higher up the Performance ladder, the harder it is to retain a spot. Entry to Performance 4 generally requires Yorkshire qualifying times; Performance 5 hopefuls should be aiming for a minimum of a North East Regional final. To achieve these high levels there are progressive training standards adhered to by all swimmers in the Performance Stream. Those standards are relatively easy in Performance 1-3, take a serious jump in Performance 4, and are extremely tough in Performance 5 (16+ hours training each week).
Entry into the Performance Stream comes from any of Doncaster's competitive clubs or our own Competitive Stream. It is strongly advised to start in the Performance stream early (age 8-10) alongside club swimming. The accumulated extra hours of training in those early years prepares the young athlete for the demands of Performance 4. Those entering Performance 4 without spending time in Performance 1-3 tend to struggle.
Anyone from outside Doncaster wishing to join the Performance stream are welcome to apply for a trial. Spare places may be available from time to time.
The Competitive Stream aims for a similar level to Doncaster's other competitive clubs. It takes young swimmers from DCLT's Learn to Swim programme and provides a minimal commitment route into competitive or participation swimming. If you're looking for a relaxed approach to swim training, this is the route for you. It offers competition at a local level through leagues and open meets hosted in nearby towns.
At a young age (under 12) it may be possible to move across to the Performance Stream if suitable. Climbing up through C Squad to B Squad, and then into A Squad may well provide all the competitiveness a young swimmer desires. C Squad and B Squad are largely focused on participation/fitness swimming for those who dislike competition. Whatever your level, its likely there's a spot for you.
Performance Stream in Detail
Performance 1, 2, 3 (Junior Development 8-12 yrs)
Typically the entry point to the Performance Stream.
Before entering this squad, the following two forms must be completed:
- Membership Application (PDF)
- Recommendation Slip (PDF)
- Performance 1 monthly fees: £26 (2 session)
- Performance 2 monthly fees: £36 (3 sessions)
- Performance 3 monthly fees: £60 (5 sessions)
- Coach: David Cuthbert / Rob Hudson
Performance 4 (Age Group, 10-14 yrs)
After graduating from Performance 1-3, the next step is Performance 4. Here we develop key skills and build a strong fitness base.
Performance 5 (Youth 12+ yrs)
The pinnacle of Performance swimming in Doncaster. Recent Performance 5 members have been National medalists, Olympic trialists, and members of British Junior Teams. A hard-working few have represented their nations at Olympic, World, and Commonwealth level.
Competitive Stream in Detail
Local level competition and open meets.
Local leagues and participation.
Social, fitness, and participation swimming.
Training Schedule at a Glance
At a glance, the training schedule looks like the diagram below.
Information for Members
Introduction to Dartes
Competitions, Advice, and Guidance
Policies and Procedures
Below are a number of Risk Assessments (and associated documentation) that members may be interested in:
- Outdoor Rossington Land Training (risk assessment)