If you have a child wishing to learn to swim or you wish to train with our club we can offer a free trial or taster session. Please use the form below to provide your details, including swimming ability, and we will be in touch to arrange a suitable session for you.
Trials for joining our Tadpoles sessions are held every other month on the first Sunday of the month at Biggin Hill with Rebecca Shipley.
Trials for joining the squads are held on an individual basis and swimmers are invited to a suitable squad session. Our entry level competitive squads welcome swimmers from age 8/9.
If you have any questions they please either use the form below or ask the coach at the trial. Alternatively you might find your answer in either the FAQ's below or on our main website.
If the form below is missing, this means that Google reCaptcha has determined that the request for this page was likely from a robot. If this is incorrect please come down to the Walnuts at 18:30 on Monday evenings to talk to a club member in the spectator gallery who will be able to introduce you to a committee member or other volunteer.
Orpington Ojays Swimming Club was formed in September 1998 when the original Orpington Swimming Club, founded just after the Walnuts Leisure Centre was built in 1973, merged with the younger club Orpington Juniors Swimming Club, known verbally as O.J.'s. These two successful swimming clubs came together to form a 'centre of Swimming Excellence'.
The Club's home pool is The Walnuts Leisure Centre and we also train at Biggin Hill and Eltham College, as well as school pools at St Dunstan’s and Warren Road. In total around 55 hours of pool time is currently offered plus teaching programmes.
All our teachers and coaches are experienced, fully qualified and CRB checked. The Club is very proud, that once again, it has been awarded Swim 21 status, the quality mark of the ASA.
The Club runs a Learn to Swim School for children aged 4 years to 9 years old, with structured classes based on age and ability held at Warren Road on Saturday mornings. Small classes are designed to be fun and build up confidence and safety in the water. Children start in a warm shallow training pool and progress to deeper pools when ready.
Tadpoles Training Academy is for younger swimmers (usually age 7 – 10) who have learnt the basics and want to continue to develop skills and stamina. Small classes enable swimmers to progress at a pace and a level to suit them. After reaching the required standard, swimmers will have the opportunity to join the club and train within a squad system.
Squad swimmers typically train between two and seven times a week dependent upon age and ability.
The Club's fully coached six tier Competitive Squad System is for children and adults and extends swimming into structured, intensive training. The Club encourages excellence in swimming at all standards and participates in a number of swimming leagues at differing levels. It hosts its own annual Open Meets which attracts swimming club members from across Kent and surrounding areas. It also holds a number of club gala’s limited to members of the club.
Master's Swimming is aimed at adults wishing to continue to swim in a friendly, club-based, environment either as a casual swimmer or to continue their competitive swimming career.