Swim Development and Fitness

251 TUTOR: Martin Shaw (Marlborough College)


This course majors on structured swimming sessions followed by progressive, multi-faceted fitness periods that combine to improve your fitness knowledge, your general fitness levels and your personal capabilities. Combining a mixture of targeted instruction, with hands-on practical work, the course will provide you with the inspiration and motivation required to develop your own swim abilities and fitness regime.The course will cater for all ages and abilities; but expect to complete the course a little fitter, technically more knowledgeable, and able to construct and manage your own fitness programme in the future - whatever your age or ambition.


Course Notes

The Swimming componentwill seek to develop techniques for a more streamlined and propulsive swim-stroke, whilst building on water-stamina and confidence. The approach will be applied to all abilities; the weaker swimmer wishing to generally improve confidence and stroke technique, to the more competent swimmer looking to enhance their swimming techniques, schedules and training programmes. Most sessions will take place in the magnificent College swimming pool, with a final swim session in a near open water lake (not obligatory).

There follows a period of well-earned relaxation in the form of morning break - in the area of the Court.

We resume with the Fitness component, the syllabus of which includes an introduction to gym-work for strengthening and physical conditioning (in the fabulously refurbished College gymnasium), running, jogging and speed walking (including elements of Fartlek and Trimm-Dich in the fantastic Savernake forest), nutrition, sporting activities as a holistic approach towards fitness. We'll combine discussions and practical sessions on the importance of pre and post-exercise routines, together with sessions on flexibility and mobility, personal goal/programme setting, and techniques to aid with personal motivation.


We have designed the course to be a little challenging, but both varied and enjoyable.


You will need the following equipment:


  • Swimsuit
  • Goggles
  • Trainers
  • Sportswear
  • Towel
  • Plastic Water Bottle
  • Notepad
  • Pen


Start and Finish times:


  • Swimming 09:00hrs - 11:15hrs (includes x2 breaks)
  • Fitness Training 11:15hrs - 12:15hrs


Please note that we anticipate varied levels of technical competence, physical ability and personal fitness levels on these courses. We have provisioned for additional instructors and therefore have the capability to stream into differing ability groups. All are welcome in what is anticipated will be a fun and informative week.


Please fill out the following questionnaires. Please note that all data and information collated over the week will be returned to you at the end of the course. All information given will be strictly confidential.


We look forward to meeting you in the summer.


Swim Development & Fitness - Student Questionnaire


In order to help us understand your requirements and to get you to really consider your personal objectives, please complete the following questions: (This MUST be completed and returned prior to your arrival!)




1.Date of course (please circle):Week 2 Week 3 Week 4



2.How confident are you in the water?


Not at all confident - 1 2 34 5 67 8 9 10 - Very confident


3.How proficient are you in the water; how far can you swim?


<20 Lengths - 1 2 34 5 6 7 89 10 - >200 Lengths


4.How often do you visit a swimming pool?


5.Which is your favoured stroke?



6.What do you wish to achieve during the swimming course?




7.Please list THREE fitness-based goals in order of importance:






8.Where are you now in relation to your goals?

9.How much time are you willing to devote toward achieving these goals?


10.What is the biggest challenge you must overcome in attaining your goals?


11.On a scale of 1 to 10 please rate how committed you are to achieving your goals?

Not committed - 1 2 34 5 6 7 89 10 - Very committed



Do you have any medical conditions or other factors that might affect you during the course that you would like to tell us?





All information on this form (given and treated in the strictest of confidence) is to the best of my knowledge, correct and I have sought and followed any necessary medical advice before undertaking any form of exercise.


Signature: Date:


Please return this form to: The Summer School Office, Marlborough College, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 1PA


Course Tutor

Martin Shaw

Martin Shaw

Marlborough College

About Martin

Martin has been working here at Marlborough College since 2014. Having worked in large corporate organisations for many years, Martin felt the need to resurrect his past sports career and re-immerse himself in the world of sport and physical performance improvement. A career spell in the Army Physical Training Corps, where he excelled in basketball, swimming, running and triathlon (he was an Army team member competing in the inaugural London to Paris Triathlon), Martin now contributes much to the development of the swimming pool offer here at Marlborough.

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All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 8 Jul - 12 Jul

WK 2 15 Jul - 19 Jul

WK 3 22 Jul - 26 Jul

WK 4 29 Jul - 2 Aug

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9.15AM to 12.15PM

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1.45PM to 4.30PM

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9.15AM to 4.30PM