How to Join

Clitheroe Dolphins are a community focused swimming club who provide swimming opportunities, both competitive and recreational, to the people of the Ribble Valley and beyond. As a community club everyone is  welcome to become a Dolphin. However we do require swimmers joining the club to be proficient swimmers, this means we prefer our new swimmers to be aged over 6 years of age and to have reached level 7 of the ASA’s learn to swim programme.

We work closely with the learn to swim programmes at both the Ribblesdale pool in Clitheroe and at Stonyhurst College, so should you wish to join but haven’t reached this level we can signpost on to the best route to achieve your swimming goals.

How do I join?

Joining Dolphins is simple, just drop us a message and tell us a little about yourself or child and what swimming experience you have and we will arrange the rest. You can contact us by email

[email protected]

or visit our face book page

What happens next?

In order for us to make sure your swimming journey starts off on the right path we will ask you you attend a short trial.  We have two trial days each month and these take place  on the first and the third Mondays of the month. These trials are free of charge and allow our coaches to assess your swimming ability. If we feel you are a competent swimmer we will assign you to a training group suitable to your ability, however if we feel you would benefit from more lessons we will make sure you are signposted to a suitable learn to swim  scheme and given advice on what you need to do to reach the required level.

What happens after my trial?

After you have complete your trial with our coach, you will be allocated to the training group we feel is appropriate for your current abilities. If you would then like to join the club, we will give you a membership form.

You will be required to fill in a short application form with your personal and contact details. The club’s Membership Secretary will retain this form. The details you give on the form are treated as confidential and are only ever used by our club officials – your details are never passed on to anyone outside of the club. You will also be given details of the cost of joining the training squad we have recommended, along details of how to set up a method of payment for your membership and squad coaching fees.

If you are already a member of another club please let the coaching staff at your present club know that you are intending to speak to us. This simple courtesy will help to avoid any unnecessary embarrassment that may be caused if you do not make them aware of what your intentions are.

How much does swimming at Clitheroe Dolphins cost?

We ask for a one off £30 joining fee, for which the swimmer will get a club swim cap.

Club members must register for Amateur swimming association (ASA) membership which costs £34 per year (£16 for 8 year old and under), this is annual fee that is collected when the swimmer joins and renewed annually annually at the start of the year.

Clitheroe Dolphins fees currently start at £25  per month and increase depending on which sessions you attend or which training squad you are assigned to. The club needs this money to provide pool time and qualified coaching for the swimmers.

Do Clitheroe Dolphins swim competitively?

The club competes in  the Arena League, Swim League, Microleague competitions. These team events do not cost extra however we may ask for a small contribution to travel expenses should a bus or coach be provided.

We also urge our swimmers to attend galas and to test their ability and progression. Swimmers are able to enter any gala they wish but the club publishes a list of events we are targeting in line with our training cycles and plans. These galas are subject to entry fees determined by the event organisers.

The club holds its own internal sprint gala at the end of the year for which we ask for a small entry fee to cover the costs of running the event. These internal Galas typically cost £5 per gala.

Clitheroe Dolphins has a small range of merchandise where parents can purchase official swim kit.