Our competitive squads aim to develop competitive swimmers by building technique, fitness, and speed; and to get children into the swimming habit. They are for children who have attained specified standards of skill/speed and can commit to training regularly.
We have three squads, whose members train 2.5-7.5 hours a week:
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Pool-time is scarce; and the amount of training time we offer is limited relative to high-performance squads at other clubs. Nonetheless, it’s possible to achieve great things through excellent attendance and the right attitude.
We offer a choice of sessions for all squads; to maximise utilisation of pool space, swimmers must pre-select sessions at the start of each term, rather than switching from week to week.
Swimmers progress through the squads by age/ability, according to published criteria. We are an inclusive club so these criteria are not too demanding; highlights include:
For those who are unable or don’t choose to progress up through the squads, our aim is that they continue swimming (preferably with us) for fitness and enjoyment.
All sessions are coached by qualified coaches, based on prepared sets. The training cycles vary with the time of year, working towards key events in the competitive calendar.
Members in the competitive squads are expected to: