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Newton Abbot Swimming
and Water Polo Club

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to Volunteer

Our Club’s success depends not only on its swimmers and water polo players, but on our volunteers – there are many ways you can volunteer, for example joining the committee; team manager; time keeping; or helping out on poolside while training/teaching is taking place.

If you would like to help out and support the Club, please speak to anyone on the Committee or use the website contact form.

How do swimmers progress between squads?

Our Head Coach and Discovery Squad teachers undertake regular reviews of our swimmers’ progress to ascertain when they are ready to move up to the next squad or group. 

Our Discovery Squad swimmers need to have achieved a specific number of criteria in order to move up to the next group. 

If you have any questions about your child’s progress please ask their coaches/teachers at the end of the teaching session or use our website contact form.

What equipment do I need for Swimming Squads?

All swimmers (except Discovery Squad) should have in priority order: 

  1. Drinks Bottle
  2. Hat
  3. Goggles
  4. Short Fins
  5. Kickboard
  6. Pull Buoy
  7. Centre Snorkel
  8. Hand Paddles

1-3 essential, 4-5 used frequently, 6-8 used occasionally.  

Please see the Discovery Squad page for more information on what to bring to these sessions

What do I need to wear to play water polo?

Fitted jammers/trunks, polo costumes are recommended when players start playing in competitions. Water polo hats and balls are provided for the training sessions and competitions.

Why can’t I wear googles for water polo?

This is to prevent injury, as the ball could hit a player in the face & wearing goggles could cause a worse injury.

When will I move up from mini water polo?

Once players reach the age of 10 years they can start playing competitively.

Do I need to continue with swimming lessons if I attend water polo training?

We highly recommend this as water polo players need to be competent and fast swimmers.