Community

Fins Swimming Club in the local community

Fins Swimming Club is a not-for-profit club with a community interest. As a club we are passionate about teaching lifesaving skills to the local community.
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Awards Presentation


Twice a year Fins Swimming Club hold an Awards Presentation for all swimmers who have achieved Stage 4 and above. All swimmers are invited up on stage to receive their personalised certificate and badge from our lovely teachers. This event is a fantastic way to celebrate our swimmers’ achievements in front of their families, friends and teachers! All swimmers who have achieved a badge which is Stage 4 or above will automatically be invited to attend the next Awards Presentation!
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Community Pool hire


Fins Swimming Club offers free pool time to local Scout, Guide and local youth groups in order to incorporate swimming as one of their activities. We have had numerous Scout & Guide groups thoroughly enjoy completing their swimming badges at a one-off swim session at Kings International College. In addition to this we have a local youth group using the pool on a regular basis throughout the year. 

If you run a local Scout, Guide or youth group and are interested in hiring the pool please do contact us!
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School Swimming


Fins Swimming Club runs school swimming programmes for local schools in Surrey, Berkshire and Hampshire. Our school swimming programmes are tailor made for each school to maximise the quality of swimming lessons provided and gain maximum value for money for the school. Participating schools are given free pool time, free organisation and administration throughout the whole process and are only charged for the teachers and helpers they require at a reduced community rate.  

If your school is interested in arranging a tailor made school swimming programme then please do contact us!
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Water Safety


Fins Swimming Club takes water safety very seriously and we demonstrate this throughout the year. In preparation for the summer holidays, we run a Water Safety week during the last week of term. Swimmers play games, answer questions and enact scenarios involving water safety and personal survival. Swimmers who are interested in gaining further water safety skills should enroll in our Rookie Lifesaving classes, suitable for swimmers who have achieved Stage 6 and above. Swimmers over 16 years of age may attend a NPLQ (National Pool Lifeguard Qualification) course.

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Hampshire County Council Gateway Cardholders


Fins Swimming Club, in conjunction with Hampshire County Council, is able to accept Gateway cards and apply for grants for individuals needing extra support in the water to enable them to join in with mainstream activities. We now have numerous children benefiting from this scheme in both group lessons and intensive crash courses who receive extra support but within mainstream lessons. 

The children with Gateway cards have benefitted enormously from this scheme; one teacher reported,

“{Child} has made the most incredible progress since she has been on 1-1’s with Adam. She has worked really hard and {Child} is now confidently swimming on her back unaided and is very close to being able to swim on her tummy unaided”.

Karen McMahon from the Hampshire County Council Short Breaks team said;

“It’s really lovely to hear {Child} is benefiting from the extra support and has made such great progress!”

Gateway cardholders may attend either our group lessons or a one-to-one lesson for more individual attention.
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The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award


We support students participating in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme. They may earn their volunteering requirement working with us as Fins Swimming Club is a not for profit club with a community interest.

Ben Fogle, TV presenter and Silver Award holder thinks volunteering is a great thing to get involved in:
“Employers and universities recognise the value of having people who have a life away from their job. This is where the DofE comes in, it’s now become the leading Award for young people to demonstrate they have interests outside of everyday life. Volunteering gives you a chance to make a difference to others and to their community. I believe that you’ll find your voluntary work will increase your confidence and self-esteem and give you new skills. I would advise you all to embrace volunteering opportunities; it’s a great way to collect extra experience that could give you the edge at a college, university or job interview.”

What counts as a volunteering activity?


Volunteering is simple. It’s about choosing to give time to help people, the community or society, the environment or animals.

Your volunteering must not be done for a business but can be undertaken for a charity or not-for-profit organisation. Where your volunteering is in support of surplus generating work, for example a charity shop, then some Local Authorities may require a work permit. The charity you are volunteering with should be aware of this and support you as required.

For your volunteering activity you need to choose to give time to do something useful without getting paid (apart from expenses).

One activity you’re already doing can count towards your Award if it was done in the previous 3 months and fits the principles, conditions and age requirements. If you already volunteer you could use that activity, but you might want to start something new. You can only backdate activity in one section.

The definitive rules can be found in The Handbook for DofE Leaders, available in the DofE Shop.

Interested students who are interested in volunteering with us should contact us directly.
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Work Experience


Many students from local schools have gained their Work Experience with Fins Swimming Club.

Work experience provides an opportunity for young people in full time education to gain an insight into the world of work, its disciplines and challenges.

Work experience may be defined as “a placement on an employer’s premises in which a student carries out a range of tasks or duties, more or less as would an employee, but with an emphasis on the learning aspects of the experience”.

It can also enhance your employability by:

  • Giving you experience of how to apply for a post
  • Increasing your confidence, self-esteem and motivation to succeed
  • Helping you to develop positive attitudes to work and lifelong learning
  • Providing you with opportunities to practice key skills for adult working life
  • Supporting any projects, assignments and other work you are undertaking as part of a subject or course
Fins Swimming Club values the importance of work experience and welcomes applications. The length of placement can vary to suit the needs of applicants but will often be for one working week. However, we have had students work for two weeks due to their course requirements. Working hours are normally 9.00 am – 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday but can be more flexible to maximise their working experience.

Students may either apply to us through their school or by directly contacting us.
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Fundraising


Fins Swimming Club is a not for profit organisation. Money that we raise is re-invested into our pool, local community groups and charities. Fundraising projects are an additional method we use to raise money. Check out our current projects:

Buy A Brick


Thank you so much to everybody who has ordered a personalised brick to contribute towards the creation of our logo on the side of the changing room wall at Kings!
If you would like to help us complete this fantastic feature as part of our ongoing fundraising, please click here.

Advertising Banners


We are very pleased to be able to offer local companies the opportunity to advertise their business with a banner.

A banner of your chosen design bearing your company or business name and logo, along with your contact numbers, website and email address will be displayed in the pool area to be seen by everyone entering and staying on poolside during their 30 minute sessions. At least 1,000 swimmers from Farnborough Fins pass through the pool weekly with their parents, not to mention teacher training courses, local community groups, local schools and students from Kings itself using the pool during the school day! Each session provides plenty of time to notice, read and make a note of your advert!

Advertising package

COST – £100 for 12 months and £30 per annum thereafter
INCLUDES –
1 xPERSONALISED COLOUR PVC BANNER – 4 x 2 FT with hemmed edges and eyelets on 540gsm PVC with 1440dpi (where artwork is not available, there may be a small additional charge, please contact us to discuss your requirements)

We will also include an advert with a link to your company from our website under the Sponsors section.

If you are interested in advertising your business and supporting our fundraising efforts too, please contact us.
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