Swim Mark

Swim Mark Essential Club

Formerly known as Swim 21 Essential.
Dear members,

I have to inform you that in June 2017, Swim 21 Club Essential changed it's name and is now known as Swim Mark Essential Club.
Atlantis Swiming Club first gained accreditation to Swim 21 in Deceber 2008, and have maintained that proud record up to December 2017, when Atlantis completed the Swim Mark Essential health check (5 questions only). This was ratified during the recent Club Management Group (CMG) meeting on the 13th December 2017.
The new certificates will be posted at each of our three swiming pool venues.
The management group recognised the hard work of all concerned in achieving the Swim England Quality Mark.
By November 2018 our club will be required to complete the full accreditation again, i.e. 16 elements, in future our Swim Mark certificate will be renewed every two years in line with the full accreditation.
Brian Elkins 
Swim Mark Essential Club Co-ordinator
for Atlantis SC


What is Swim Mark Club Essential?

The club has to submit an online health check for Swim Mark Club Essential on an annual basis and has to be approved by the ASA Regional panel usually in October/November, followed by submitting to the ASA National panel in November/December.

Swim Mark Club Essential is the club development model, a planning tool based on the principles of Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD). Enabling clubs to achieve their full potential, it focuses particularly on the need of the athlete (swimmer) striving to provide the best possible support environment.

Swim Mark Club Essential is not just endorsed by the ASA, but also by Sport England. Swim Mark Club Essential accreditation includes the Sport England Club Mark, a kite mark set across all sports.

Atlantis SC are positioned in the Skill Development category, where the swimmers develop their technical skills within a quality programme of coaching and competition, supported by sound governance.




What are the benefits of being a member of a Swim Mark Club Essential club?

  • The club is implementing the Child Protection Policy and their Coaches/Teachers and Volunteers have been CRB checked in line with National guidance,
  • The clubs Coaches/Teachers and Volunteers are appropriately Qualified and access continuous professional development to ensure they are up to date with current teaching and coaching principles/methods,
  • The club is accessing sufficient pool time to ensure swimmers are able to develop in line with the Long Term Athlete Development model. For more information please visit www.britishswimming.org,


Atlantis SC is pro-active in developing a swimmer pathway to ensure swimmers can continue to progress and develop. The club now has more opportunities to access additional funding through the ASA, Sport England and other agencies.

The SSK Network (Surrey, Sussex and Kent) has gained Swim Mark Club Essential Network status after approval from the ASA National Panel on the 31st March 2015.

This SSK Network accreditation covers 10 clubs from across the counties of Surrey, Sussex and Kent and Atlantis Swimming Club are proud to be a member of this elite group.

The aim is to quality assure clubs who work collaboratively to deliver the athlete pathway in their area and to ensure that athletes meet their potential and are retained in the sport.

It will assist in identifying gaps in provision and opportunities available for clubs to increase and sustain membership.

Each club in the Network will be valued for their role. It has been agreed between accredited clubs to work towards the following objectives:-

1. To retain and increase ASA Club members

2. To retain and increase Volunteers/Teachers, Coaches and Officials.

3. To raise the standards of performance across appropriate aquatic disciplines


Currently the Network is developing plans for long course preparation days for National Qualifiers and various development camps for all level of swimmers within the SSK Network.

Brian Elkins
Swim Mark Club Essential Co-ordinator,
For Atlantis SC Horsham

Reviewed July 2018