Swim Parents - A Must-Read...

posted 16 Apr 2018, 04:10 by Didcot Barramundi   [ updated 16 Apr 2018, 04:12 ]

Highly regarded swim coach, Wayne Goldsmith, has published the ultimate Swim Parents' manual: here 
It's a must-read for every parent, setting out the most important attributes everyone needs for success in any sport, but particularly in the world of swimming.

Social Squad sets new PB

posted 11 Mar 2018, 23:53 by Didcot Barramundi   [ updated 12 Mar 2018, 00:04 ]

What a fantastic Quiz Night on Saturday!    
The inaugural Didcot Barramundi Quiz Night was held on Saturday raised a staggering £687 for the Club! 
Thank you to everyone involved in the organisation of the evening, and to everyone who came along to support the Club - it was such a fun night, and a great way to fund something new for the swimmers.

Splash Gala Results

posted 27 Jan 2018, 13:08 by Didcot Barramundi

WOW!  What a fantastic Splash Gala we had on Friday 26 January 2018!
You can find all the results here.

All those who achieved ASA Speed Awards can order your certificates and badges by sending an email to gala@didcotbarramundi.com

Details of other ASA speed award times can be found here.

Race Meet Preparation

posted 17 Nov 2017, 04:35 by Didcot Barramundi   [ updated 17 Nov 2017, 04:45 ]

A reminder from Pete about how to prepare for your races ahead of our up-coming galas...


  • Gradually reduce your intake during the tapering phase as training will be less intensive and you won’t burn off excess carbs.
  • Wholemeal pasta and brown rice are far better than standard pasta and white rice. Avoid copious amounts of mayo or sauces that make you feel sick. Oats and wholegrain are also very good sources of carbs. 
  • Skinless chicken breasts and fish together with fresh vegetables are ideal for a main meal.
  • Consume moderate quantities, not huge portions, of carbs for several days prior to the meet, little and often, do NOT overload yourself the night before the meet.
  • Do NOT skip breakfast, get up in plenty of time, eat slowly, little and often, cereals, smoothies, bananas, milk or fruit juice.
  • Bring at least 1 banana to consume 1 hour before the start of each session and snacks such as cereal bars, dry fruit, seeds. 
  • Do NOT eat jelly or high sugar content snacks as these can cause your energy levels to spike and crash.
  • Bring PLENTY of water, do NOT overload on energy drinks like Lucozade Sport.


  • Ensure you have a spare costume and spare goggles.
  • Ensure sure your goggles fit properly during warm up.
  • Ensure you have a club hat to wear.
  • Ensure you have the appropriate club kit to wear poolside.

Race Meet Warm up Routine

Please ensure you perform this warm up routine without prompting from your coach. 
Part of the learning process is to take responsibility for your own preparation before and during a meet.

Warm up is your responsibility not your coaches, if you have prepared correctly during the training cycle there should be no need to "practice" or "tweak" anything on race day during warm up.

Land warm up

  • Head & Neck Flexibility – 3 minutes
  • Arm Flexibility – 3 minutes
  • Trunk Flexibility – 2 minutes
  • Leg Flexibility – 3 minutes
  • Very light jog on spot – 1 minute
  • Very small / light jump on spot  - 1 minute
  • Skipping or simulate skipping – 3 minutes 
  • Total 15 minutes

Swim warm up

  • 200 FC
  • 50 FC Kick – no boards
  • 4 x 100 FC Build 50 Easy, 50 Fast (85%) – 5 rest
  • 50 BC Kick (can be replaced with BRS if swimming it that session)
  • 100 BC EASY
  • 3 starts, 15M MAX swim, 10M easy
  • Total 15-20 minutes / 875 metres


No pull out's from any event without prior coach consent unless you are injured or ill, in which case you will not be able to swim any more events at the meet. If you have entered you swim unless otherwise agreed with your coach.

Portsmouth Full - Please enter Bristol

posted 9 Nov 2017, 06:02 by Didcot Barramundi   [ updated 17 Nov 2017, 04:35 ]

Please note - The Portsmouth December meet is FULL and are not accepting any more entries.
As a result we will switch to Bristol - see the Gala Information page
Please get entries in by 10 Nov 2017

Claire Newell Wins South East Region Best Volunteer

posted 8 Oct 2017, 02:58 by Didcot Barramundi

We're delighted to announce that Claire Newell has won the South East Region Best Volunteer of the Year award.
More news on this to follow...

Congratulations Claire, the whole Club is very proud.  Thank you for everything you do for us.

A Programme for Success! #2

posted 24 Sep 2017, 11:57 by Didcot Barramundi   [ updated 24 Sep 2017, 12:00 ]

Here is a 
link to Pete's presentation for the County Development, Senior, Masters and Performance Squads that took place on Sunday 24 September 2017.
Thank you for coming along to support your swimmers and the Club.  These are exciting times in the development and growth of Didcot Barramundi Swim Club and we are aiming for success at every level.  

Please speak to Pete or any of the Committee if there are any questions arising from this.

BBATT Winners 2017!

posted 17 Sep 2017, 13:36 by Didcot Barramundi   [ updated 18 Sep 2017, 09:26 ]

The Club couldn't be more proud of all our swimmers today - winning BBATT ahead of very strong opposition from Aylesbury, Bourne End, Thame and Tring.  
Well done Maddison Langley winning Top Girl with Lilia Gilbert coming 2nd and Isabelle Langley in 3rd and well done Alfie Baum coming 2nd in the Top Boy competition.
Winning the Cannon Relay was a fantastically exciting way to end the gala too - great team effort!

Well done to all our fabulous swimmers, and thank you to all our wonderful helpers who volunteered to give up their whole weekend to make the gala happen.

A Programme for Success! #1

posted 13 Sep 2017, 00:28 by Didcot Barramundi   [ updated 24 Sep 2017, 12:00 ]

Here is a link to Pete's presentation for the Academy and Junior Development Squads that took place on Sunday 10 September 2017.
Thank you for coming along to support your swimmers.  These are exciting times in the development and growth of the Club and we are aiming for success at every level.  

Please speak to Pete or any of the Committee if there are any questions arising from this.

Congratulations Award Winners 2017!

posted 10 Sep 2017, 03:25 by Didcot Barramundi   [ updated 24 Sep 2017, 12:09 ]

Congratulations to all our nominees and award winners at this year's Awards Evening - thank you to the organisers, Charlotte and Nathan for putting together such an excellent event.

The winners are listed here and pictures from the evening are in the Gallery.

The Club is extremely proud to have such a wonderful collection of young people making up our fantastic swimming family.

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