EAST is an affiliated club of Swim England (formerly the Amateur Swimming Association), which means that when you join EAST you will also be registered as a member of Swim England. The two basic categories of Swim England club membership are Category 1 which is the non-competing level of club membership, and Category 2 which allows you to enter swimming competitions held under Swim England rules.
EAST Membership Fees 2017
EAST annual membership cost is £30.00 to which is added £15.20 for Swim England Category 1 registration and £31.80 for Swim England Category 2 registration. This means total EAST annual membership cost in 2017 is £45.20 Cat 1 or £61.80 Cat 2.
In addition to the membership fees, members must pay for coached swimming sessions, which can be done either by paying a regular monthly amount (standing order) or by purchasing a book of vouchers to pay for individual coached sessions
The standing order options are either a monthly fee of £25 which entitles you to 2 coached sessions per week or £35 per month for all coached swims per week (see Training). The number of swims is counted from Sunday to Saturday without any carry over from the previous week.
Vouchers cost £7.50 for each swim (with access to all sessions). Vouchers are available as books of 8 or 10 costing £60 or £75 per book. These are obtainable poolside from the coach with payment preferably by cheque although cash is also accepted provided it is for exactly the correct amount. Voucher swims are limited to 12 a year.
Some members join EAST while also belonging to a different swimming club. If they wish to regard EAST as their primary club, they pay the same membership fees as stated above of £15.20 for Swim England Category 1 membership or £31.80 for Swim England Category 2 membership. However, if EAST is their second club so that the other club is paying their Swim England fees, their EAST membership costs £30.00. ‘Other Club’ members have the same options of paying for coaching as ordinary members.
A final option available to all members of would-be members of EAST is belonging to the club without participating in regular training. The cost of membership in this instance is just the basic £30.00 membership fee. EAST has some members who are non-swimmers (or who were previously swimmers), and some that live and swim elsewhere but retain EAST membership so that they can occasionally swim under an EAST flag in competitions.
If you decide to pay for coached sessions by voucher rather than by monthly standing order, you will need to purchase a books of vouchers:
- £60 for 8 vouchers
- £75 for 10 vouchers
Vouchers can be purchased from the coach at poolside when you first turn up to a session after joining EAST, and thereafter also from the coach on future occasions. The coach prefers to be paid by cheque, payable to ‘EAST’ for the relevant amount; but cash will be accepted reluctantly provided it is to the exact amount for the number of vouchers purchased.
Instructions for Joining EAST
All enquiries and questions about membership should be made to Jane who can provide application forms, advise about membership categories or paying, and send a standing order form if required. Jane can be contacted by email.
Welcome to EAST and enjoy your swimming