A SWIMMING club made a big splash in 2007 after gaining a Swim 21 accreditation – along with a double medal win.

Chester Swimming Club, based at City Baths, were awarded Swim 21, a quality mark for swimming clubs which demonstrates high standards of teaching and coaching in a child protected and friendly environment.

The club is one of only six clubs in the country – and the only club in Cheshire – to be recognised at this standard by British Swimming and the Amateur Swimming Association.

There are four levels of accreditation that can be achieved with the City of Chester Swimming Club achieving this at teaching, skill development and competitive development levels.

They were presented with their certificate by Di Stafford, President of Swim Northwest, and Chester City Councillor Eric Plenderleath.

Di said: “Swim 21 accreditation is the region’s number one priority to ensure a safe and effective environment for swimmers to access.

“This is a fantastic achievement, demonstrating the hard work and high standards that the club continues to deliver.”

The girl’s senior team also struck gold after winning both the medley and the freestyle class in the North West regional championships.

The girls were the first team in 25 years to win both medals and also came in with record-breaking times.

2007 also saw Barry Healey, a former Canadian international coach, appointed as head of the club’s swimming programme.

He said: “There are some exciting times ahead for the swimming club.

“The Learn to Swim Scheme continues to produce swimmers with excellent technique and there are some great young swimmers developing.”

For more information about the club, call 01244 317300.