The Competitive side of the Club is divided into 5 squads, 1 to 5, with Squad 1 being the top squad. There are aims for each squad that are based on the different stages of the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) pathway for swimmers.
Swimmers need to achieve the aims of their squad before they will be considered to move up a squad. Coaches will decide if the aims have been achieved. Other factors considered when moving squads are a swimmer's technique, potential, ability to train correctly, attendance, attitude to training and attitude towards the Coaches. Progression can also be dependent on whether there is room available in the next squad.
The swimmer's age has no bearing on the decision on which swimmers will move squads. Swimmers may be moved from one squad to another during any time in the year. The Head Coach will discuss with the other Coaches which swimmers should move squads. The Head Coach has the final decision on squad movements. A swimmer can be moved down a squad if any of the above criteria are not met.
Movement between squads will be co-ordinated between swimmer, parents and coaching staff at a time most beneficial to the individual.
If you are unhappy about the squad you are in, parents and swimmers please speak to the Head Coach.
If you change squads you will need to amend your standing order - please speak to the Membership Secretary or Treasurer if you need any advice.
AIMS for each Squad are set out below:


Squad 5 Aims

• Swim 200m Front Crawl
• Swim 100m Backstroke
• Swim 100m Breaststroke
• Swim 25m Butterfly
• Be able to execute a Front Crawl turn
• Be able to execute a Backstroke turn
• Legal Backstroke finish
• Legal Breaststroke finish
• Legal Butterfly finish
• Be able execute a dive from the deck
• Be able execute a Backstroke dive from the deck

 

Squad 4 Aims

• Swim 400m Front Crawl
• Swim 200m Backstroke
• Swim 200m Breaststroke
• Swim 50m Butterfly
• Be able to execute a Front Crawl turn legally
• Be able to execute a Backstroke turn legally
• Correct Backstroke finish legally
• Correct Breaststroke finish legally
• Correct Butterfly finish legally
• Be able execute a dive from the starting block
• Be able execute a Backstroke dive from the starting block
• Commit to 2 sessions per week


Squad 3 Aims

• Swim 1000m Front Crawl without stopping with correct turns
• Swim 400m Backstroke with correct turns
• Swim 400m Breaststroke with correct turns
• Swim 100m Butterfly with correct turns
• Swim 200m I/M with correct turns
• Execute a correct breakout in all four strokes and I/Ms
• Correct finish on all strokes
• Execute a correct start from the blocks in all 4 strokes
• Swim underwater for 6 metres off the walls when swimming 100 meters Backstroke, Front Crawl and Butterfly
• Read the pace clock and work off set times
• Commit to 3 session per week
• Achieve a minimum of 2 County times

 

Squad 2 Aims

• Swim 3000m Front Crawl without stopping with correct turns within a time of 1 hour
• Advanced stroke techniques in all 4 strokes
• Advanced starts, turning and Finishing techniques including I/M turns
• Complete 200m in all 4 strokes
• Minimum of 4 training sessions per week, not including land training
• Swim 200m Freestyle in a rep time of 3.20
• Achieve a minimum of 4 County qualifying times