Page last updated 26th January 2020

Swimming Groups

The swimmers in the club are divided into various groups.

Learn to swim Marlins 1, 2 and 3

We have 3 learn to swim sessions available. Swimmers can take up places twice a week. Our learn to swim sessions consist of teachers and helpers. Helpers are usually in the water with the swimmer and teacher on poolside. We supply all the required equipment. However, we do ask that swimmers are able to exit and enter the pool unaided, or are small enough/light enough to be lifted in and out. Please note, there is no hoist available at most of the pools we are using. We do not allow parents to be in the water supporting their child within this session.

Adult learn to swim

We have a session available for adults to learn to swim. Currently we are only able to offer once a week. There will be helper in the water, if required for this group.


This group is for swimmers who have progressed from learn to swim into length swimming, confident in deep water and can swim 3 out of 4 strokes. This group introduces the rules for competitive swimming, builds upon technique and stamina. It still incorporates an element of ‘play’ but within a more structured environment than learn to swim. There are no helpers in the water for this group.


This group is for swimmers who are ready to compete, who can swim all 4 strokes, confident in deep water. This group will build speed, stamina and focus on both long and short distance swimming. This group will support swimmers with a disability to become classified where there is a pathway to follow. There is a requirement for this group to attend twice a week as a minimum.

Training group

This group is for very confident and competent swimmers regardless of impairment. This group is for competitive para and disability swimmers, and competent family mainstream swimmers. There are set session plans to be completed at each training session, swimming distances of around 4,000m per session.


This group is for swimmers aged over 18 years who just wish to develop their swimming and have the benefit of a coached session. We work in partnership with Birmingham Masters, so should you wish to compete, we will sign post to allow for dual registration. We do offer one or two competition opportunities within the year for this group. Swimmers progress into this group from our adult learn to swim.

Land training sessions

We offer land training on Sunday afternoons. We have a structured programme of activities to help build core strength and coordination. Whilst we encourage all members to take up this opportunity, training squad members are expected to attend. Equipment is supplied. Land Training is open to members of all groups as per our timetable

Family swimming

We are offering families the opportunity to swim within Birmingham Marlins. Although we are predominately para and disability swimming, we have a family mainstream option, to allow siblings and parents to swim within the same club. Mainstream swimmers are inclusive within the above groups and will be swimming alongside others who may have an impairment. Mainstream swimmers will be placed into groups in line with their swimming ability. In other words, siblings may not be placed within the same groups.

Please note, we do not offer mainstream competitive swimming. If a mainstream swimmer has progressed from learn to swim (or any other group) and wishes to compete, they will be signposted to their nearest local competitive swimming club, where they can dual register.

We only offer para and disability competitive swimming.


We have Fellowship for those swimmers who are at University and only train for a few weeks per year or for those swimmers who wish to access competition support, but do not use our pool time for training.