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General information on our top competitive squads.  Other squads include Transition, Entry Level, Platinum Senior, Junior Development and Masters. 

Our Club structure facilitates suitable and progressive squads/hours in order to allow each athlete to reach their full potential. We strive to minimise the risk of burnout, teach individuals the values of listening, working hard, respect and personal responsibility within our program. These qualities not only help form a successful athlete, but also a successful human being.
 
Our Competitive Swimming stream has three main sections:
 
- Performance – Swimmers competing at Regional, English, British and Junior International Level
- Competitive – The main pathway through the Club from the Academy, through the junior/age group squads and into Competitive and Youth Development.
- Club & Aquatic Sports – An offering for non-competitive swimming for enjoyment as well as competitive Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Masters swimming.
 
The age bands for each squad are listed in the squad criterium further below. Though they are for guidance purposes only, each athlete will be placed in the squad where the coaching team feels is best for them.
 
The Head Coach does believe that swimmers are best placed and progressed along in their peer groups, but implores that this cannot always be the case due to differing stages in aerobic, athletic and physical development as well as maturation.
 
The following table should act as a guideline for age/squad progression within the Performance & Competitive Pathways:
 
 
It is vital, therefore, to ensure that each athlete commits to as much of their allocated squad’s schedule as possible to ensure keeping a consistent level of progression.
Swimmers are assessed by the coaching staff upon joining the Club and assigned to the appropriate training squad based on their age and ability. During their membership at Sevenoaks, swimmer progression will be assessed by the coaching team and they will be moved through the squad structure in accordance with their individual ability, development and personal goals. Swimmers are expected to attend ALL sessions advised to them by the coaching team. Failure to do so may inhibit progressive development and result in swimmers losing their place in their squad. Full squad criteria are found for each squad in this section below.
 
Criteria for squad exits:
 
• Unable to attain the relevant squad criteria
• Consistently late to sessions
• Consistently unable to maintain the minimum required training commitments as agreed upon with the Lead Squad Coach (directed by the Head Coach)
• Consistently unable to maintain attendance to the relevant squad competition calendar
• Showing no demonstrable progress towards the desired standards for the relevant squad
• Repeatedly poor behaviour that fall below the expected standards for Club members
 
Squad Moves, Trials, Timings, Removals, Transfers & Pathways
 
Swimmers who meet the relevant criteria for a squad and are age eligible may be offered a trial in that squad at any time at the Coaching Team’s discretion. A trial period may last for a number of sessions and may result in either being made an offer to join the squad full time, to continue on a 1-6 month probationary period within the squad, or to be offered a more appropriate squad. The decision of the Coaching Team, led by the Head Coach, is final.
 
Please note that the achievement of reaching certain criteria does not automatically secure a place to a squad. Every decision is under the Coaching Team’s discretion and is normally dependent upon a variety of factors; work ethic & attitude, commitment to the squad training and competition schedule, age, times or realistic ability to achieve times.
 
Squad Program/Criteria & Club Structure Alterations
 
Please note that squad structure, coach allocation, criteria alteration and program focus may be altered, updated or changed entirely for every season. Further pool time, land space, or other privileges (such as Long Course training time) may be removed or added based upon the program’s requirements, availability and viability.
Every second of the Club’s available pool or land hours are being monitored via attendance and use. As a result, every squads program/hours/time are subject to change at any time with due notice. The Head Coach will be deciding upon any such review quarterly. As mentioned previously, any monthly price changes for affected squads will be communicated with sufficient notice.
 
Training Expectations
 
ALL members should firstly ensure that they arrive at each session, be it on poolside or on land, with plenty of time. Each squad will focus on different skills and focuses along each athlete’s pathway, meaning that some squads may require swimmers to arrive on poolside 10 minutes before the session begins, whilst others may only be 5. This includes morning training. Whatever the relevant arrival time for your squad, ensure you’re punctual and stick to the coach’s request; preparation is key.
 
You should, of course, ensure that you come fully prepared with the correct kit required for your respective squad/session. Turning up without a drink, functioning/fitted goggles or without a pair of fins is not acceptable and you may be asked to leave the session should you continue to fall below the expected standards. You more than likely never forget your phone, so why should you misplace any of the required equipment? Successful athletes and people prepare and prioritise.
 
EVERYONE must respect one another and adhere to the correct training etiquette. The coaches will advise on this at the start of the season and may ask members to leave throughout the year should they not abide by the rules. Examples such as these are not acceptable: Pulling on someone’s ankles to go past, not allowing people to go in front of you, stopping in the middle of the lane and jumping up and down, etc.
 
The program is constructed to aid your progression. You should not expect any real long-term results if you fall below 60-70% of the coach’s allocated program for you. The more you attend, the more benefits you shall receive. These principles are no different to those in any academic or working environment, and for good reason.
 
Morning training will become a crucial part of the training week for any competitive swimmer; that’s the nature of the sport. At competition, heats are often in the morning and your body must learn to develop the ability to perform in the mornings and evenings.
 
Finally, please always remember that Hard Work Pays Off. Simply attending is not enough; you can only withdraw great results from the hard work, focus and consistency you’ve deposited. Train as you want to race.
 
S&C, Running, Land training, School Sports & Other Clubs
 
Land training and strength and conditioning (S&C) based training are now vital components to helping develop a complete athlete and the Club is looking to build upon the options available to its members. The benefits of such training include the improvement of aerobic capacity, speed, strength, flexibility and suppleness as well as injury prevention. Each of these components help to create a fitter, more capable swimmer and human being.
 
The Head Coach thoroughly encourages swimmers to attend the allocated squad led runs by Emily McMillan. Emily is a fantastic coach and the aerobic development from such runs will only help to improve each athlete.
 
Anya Roberts, Gala Secretary for the Club, also runs many of our S&C sessions. Anya is a very engaging and knowledgeable PT who always brings variety to the program.
 
The Head Coach also encourages swimmers to take part in multiple sports from a young age. You do not need to specialise as “only swimmers” at the age of 11. Even participating in school sports/clubs such as cross-country, cricket or netball will help improve your athletic skill and aerobic capacity. You’d be surprised by how skills from other sports can help translate into the water (that is, of course, if the sessions are led correctly by a professional). Please ask your squad lead coach about fitting in such sports into your program.
 
Meets & Expectations (Selection, Club Supported, Squad Supported)
 
The competition calendar for each squad is comprised and finalised by the Squad Leads and Head Coach; with the view that each squad enters and competes in meets that are the most relevant and crucial to its members progressive development.
 
Swimmers MUST NOT enter other meets without the consent of the Squad Lead coach. Doing so does not correlate with the coach’s program and may result in disciplinary action. Consistently entering non-Club supported meets, over-entering events in meets (and therefore always withdrawing) and ignoring the advice/information provided by the Coaching Team may then result in the removal of a swimmer from their respective squad.
 
All members are expected to prioritise representing the Club at invited League fixtures (Arena, Tudor & Kent Junior) as well as relay events (such as at county, regional and national level). Being invited to swim for and represent the Club should be viewed as a privilege and not an automatic right.
 
Attitudes & Commitment
 
Every member of Sevenoaks Swimming Club is expected and obliged to follow the Code of Conduct. Though some of the attitude and commitment expectations are detailed below within the squad criterium, your squad lead coach will relay their expectations at the start of the season, your arrival in the squad or at any meetings you may have.
Remember that punctuality, respect, consistency and hard work yield results. Performance is a mindset.
14yrs+ (guidance only)
 
Lead Coach: Keiron Piper, Sevenoaks Swimming Club Head Coach
 
Objectives
 
To create a well-rounded, intelligent and capable athlete with the ability to compete and perform at National Level Competition and beyond. Swimmers will begin to learn and understand about the process of specialisation in their key events, whilst still keeping their meet event entries broad and varied. Training throughout the season will therefore still be multi-stroke, medley and aerobically focussed. Swimmers will also be encouraged to take more personal responsibility for their own training and racing performances; understanding their training program, cycles and periodisation targets.
 
Qualification
 
1x Qualifying time for British Summer Championships or Swim England Summer Meet
OR
3x Automatic qualifying times for South East Region Swimming Championships. Please note that the criteria to validate squad consideration must have been achieved by the relevant competition closing date.
 
Swimmers in the squad must display the appropriate work ethic, commitment and attitude required to the training, competition and lifestyle required to become a successful swimmer.
Invitation and membership in the Performance program should be seen as a privilege and not an automatic right. Swimmers who fail to meet the full qualification criteria may retain their place, or be offered a place, within the squad dependent upon the Head Coach’s discretion.
 
Swim Meets
 
Swimmers are expected to and MUST compete at the following events : Club Championships, County Championships, Regional Championships, National Championships, Arena League.
Swimmers MUST NOT compete in events not on the Club/Squad Competition Calendar without the express permission from their squad lead coach. Doing so does not correlate with the coach’s program and may result in disciplinary action.
 
Training Attendance
 
Swimmers MUST maintain pool training sessions together with 1 S&C land-based session as advised by the squad coach.
 
Sessions:
 
 
Training Performance & Expectations
 
Individuals must be committed to a positive work ethic, maintain performance levels at all sessions and be capable of managing the demands of training in a high-performance environment and lifestyle. Swimmers must arrive to every session fully prepared with sufficient drink and the required equipment.
 
Attitudes
 
Swimmers are expected to accept personal responsibility for competition performance together with feedback on all aspects of training. Swimmers in this squad are expected to possess the tools in which to critically analyse their own performances with the guidance of their coach.
 
Swimmers are also expected to uphold and maintain respect for other Club members, coaches, volunteers, officials, other pool and facility users and the facilities themselves in abidance with the Club “code of conduct”. Every swimmer should understand that they are representative of and act as ambassadors for the Club.
 
Swimmers from this squad are expected to act as mentors to younger swimmers within the Club.
 
Commitment
 
Swimmers are required to attend 6-7 pool-based sessions (as advised by the squad coach) and 1 land-based training session per week. Swimmers are required to represent and be available as required for Sevenoaks Swimming Club team events, swimming at multiple levels of competition and squad selection as programmed by the Head Coach. Sevenoaks Swimming Club kit must be always be worn in attendance at competitions unless otherwise advised.
12-14 years (guidance only)
 
Lead Coach: Fiona Leeson
 
Objectives
 
To create a well-rounded, intelligent and capable athlete with the ability to compete and perform at National Level Competition and beyond. Swimmers keep their meet event entries broad and varied. The primary training emphasis will be a multi-stroke, individual medley and aerobically focussed program. Swimmers will also be encouraged to take more personal responsibility for their own training and racing performances; understanding their training program, cycles and periodisation targets. This squad is ideal for those individuals who have aspirations to train and compete at the highest levels.
 
Qualification
 
3x Automatic qualifying times for South East Region Swimming Championships which should include an IM or 200m+ distance event.
OR
5 x Consideration times for South East Region Swimming Championships including a 200m+ distance event. Please note that the criteria to validate squad consideration must have been achieved by the relevant competition closing date.
 
Swimmers who fail to meet the full qualification criteria may retain their place, or be offered a place, within the squad dependent upon the Head Coach & lead squad coach’s discretion.
 
Swim Meets
 
Swimmers are expected to and MUST compete at the following events: Club Championships, County Championships, Regional Championships, National Championships, Arena League, Kent Junior League.
 
Swimmers are actively discouraged from competing in events not on the Club/Squad Competition Calendar without the express permission from their squad lead coach.
 
Training Attendance
 
Swimmers MUST maintain pool training sessions together with 1 S&C land-based session as advised by the squad coach.
 
Sessions:
 
 
Training Performance & Expectations
 
Individuals must be committed to a positive work ethic, maintain performance levels at all sessions and be capable of managing the demands of training in a high-performance environment and lifestyle.
 
 
 
Swimmers are expected to accept personal responsibility for competition performance together with feedback on all aspects of training.
Swimmers are also expected to uphold and maintain respect for other Club members, coaches, volunteers, officials, other pool and facility users and the facilities themselves in abidance with the Club “code of conduct”. Every swimmer should understand that they are representative of and act as ambassadors for the Club.
 
Swimmers from this squad are expected to act as mentors to younger swimmers within the Club.
 
Commitment
 
Swimmers are required to attend a minimum 4-5 pool-based sessions (as advised by the squad coach) and 1 land-based training session per week. Swimmers are required to represent and be available as required for Sevenoaks Swimming Club team events, swimming at multiple levels of competition and squad selection as programmed by the Head Coach. Sevenoaks Swimming Club kit must be always be worn in attendance at competitions unless otherwise advised.
14yrs+ (guidance only)
 
Lead Coach: Paddy Ham & Keiron Piper
 
Objectives
 
The Youth Development +’s squad is designed for swimmers who may not have yet reached the standard of the Performance Squads, or are unable to make the sufficient levels of commitment, where they can attend sessions with both the Youth Performance and Youth Development Squads to aid them in making the next step along their own developmental pathway.
 
The training emphasis will be based on the development of aerobic capacity, race skills in all four strokes, building fitness and strength and to guide swimmers to compete effectively at the Kent County Championships and Swim South East Regional Championships.
 
Qualification
 
2x Consideration qualifying times for South East Regional Championships
AND
A clear and consistently strong work ethic and desire to improve; as acknowledged and agreed by the lead squad coaches.
 
Swim Meets
 
Swimmers are expected to and MUST compete at the following events: Club Championships, County Championships, Regional Championships, Arena League, Tudor League, Kent Junior League.
 
Swimmers are actively discouraged from competing in events not on the Club/Squad Competition Calendar without the express permission from their squad lead coach.
 
Training Attendance
 
Swimmers MUST maintain pool training sessions together with 1 S&C land-based session as advised by the squad coach.
 
Sessions:
 
 
Training Performance & Expectations
 
Individuals must be committed to a positive work ethic, maintain performance levels at all sessions and begin to show capabilities of managing the demands of training in a high-performance environment and lifestyle.
 
Attitudes
 
Swimmers are expected to accept personal responsibility for competition performance together with feedback on all aspects of training.
Swimmers are also expected to uphold and maintain respect for other Club members, coaches, volunteers, officials, other pool and facility users and the facilities themselves in abidance with the Club “code of conduct”. Every swimmer should understand that they are representative of and act as ambassadors for the Club.
Swimmers from this squad are expected to act as mentors to younger swimmers within the Club.
 
Commitment
 
Swimmers are required to attend 5 pool-based sessions and 1 land-based training session per week. Swimmers are required to represent and be available as required for Sevenoaks Swimming Club team events, swimming at multiple levels of competition and squad selection as programmed by the Head Coach. Sevenoaks Swimming Club kit must be always be worn in attendance at competitions unless otherwise advised
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13 yrs+ (guidance only)
 
Lead Coach : Paddy Ham
 
Objectives
 
Youth Development’s objective is to create an environment for swimmers, who may not have yet reached the standard of the Performance Squads or do not want to make the commitment to them, where they can attend a friendly, engaging and motivating training program built around attending competitions.
 
The main training emphasis is based on the development of race skills in all four strokes, building fitness and strength and to guide swimmers to compete effectively at the Kent County Championships and Swim South East Regional Championships.
 
Qualification
 
1x Kent County Championships Automatic Qualifying time and 2x Kent County Championships Consideration Qualifying time.
AND
A clear and consistent commitment towards the squad’s program.
 
Swim Meets
 
Swimmers are expected to and MUST compete at the following events: Club Championships, County Championships, Regional Championships, Arena League, Tudor League, Kent Junior League.
 
Swimmers are actively discouraged from competing in events not on the Club/Squad Competition Calendar without the express permission from their squad lead coach.
 
Training Attendance
Swimmers MUST maintain pool training sessions together with 1 S&C land-based session as advised by the squad coach.
 
Sessions
 
 
Training Performance & Expectations
 
Individuals must be committed to a positive work ethic, to being punctual and to maintain performance levels at all sessions.
 
Attitudes
 
Swimmers are expected to accept personal responsibility for competition performance together with feedback on all aspects of training.
Swimmers are also expected to uphold and maintain respect for other Club members, coaches, volunteers, officials, other pool and facility users and the facilities themselves in abidance with the Club “code of conduct”. Every swimmer should understand that they are representative of and act as ambassadors for the Club.
Swimmers from this squad are expected to act as mentors to younger swimmers within the Club.
 
Commitment
 
Swimmers are required to attend weekly pool-based sessions and land-based training session as advised by the squad coach. Swimmers are required to represent and be available as required for Sevenoaks Swimming Club team events, swimming at multiple levels of competition and squad selection as programmed by the Head Coach. Sevenoaks Swimming Club kit must be always be worn in attendance at competitions unless otherwise advised.
 
12-15 yrs (guidance only)
 
Lead Coach : Ross Hunter
 
Objectives
 
The main objective of this squad is to prepare swimmers for the pathway into either Age Group Development, Age Group Performance or Youth Development. The program will continue to prioritise quality skills across all four strokes as well as aerobic development.
 
The squad is primarily aimed at swimmers who possess competitive aspirations but are not yet at the appropriate developmental stage or prepared to make the necessary commitment to Age Group Development or Age Group Performance. This squad is ideal for individuals who enjoy a number of activities with commitments outside of swimming.
 
Qualification
 
Swimmers must have shown, and continue to show, a commitment to working on improving their technical, aerobic and racing abilities by attending training on a regular basis.
 
Swim Meets
 
Swimmers are expected to and MUST compete at the following events : Club Championships, County Championships, Arena League, Tudor League, Kent Junior League.
Swimmers are actively discouraged from competing in events not on the Club/Squad Competition Calendar without the express permission from their squad lead coach.
 
Training Attendance
 
Swimmers MUST maintain pool training sessions together with 1 S&C land-based session as advised by the squad coach.
 
Sessions:
 
 
Training Performance & Expectations
 
Individuals must be committed to a positive work ethic, to being punctual and to maintain performance levels at all sessions.
 
Attitudes
 
Swimmers are expected to accept personal responsibility for competition performance together with feedback on all aspects of training.
Swimmers are also expected to uphold and maintain respect for other Club members, coaches, volunteers, officials, other pool and facility users and the facilities themselves in abidance with the Club “code of conduct”. Every swimmer should understand that they are representative of and act as ambassadors for the Club.
 
Commitment
 
Swimmers are required to attend regular pool-based sessions as advised by the squad coach. Please note that land training sessions are looking to be added onto the squad schedule. Swimmers are required to represent and be available as required for Sevenoaks Swimming Club team events, swimming at multiple levels of competition and squad selection as programmed by the Head Coach. Sevenoaks Swimming Club kit must be always be worn in attendance at competitions unless otherwise advised.
10-14 years (Guidance Only)
 
Lead Coach: Richard Smith
 
Objectives
 
Age Group Development aims to prepare swimmers to compete confidently at county level and aim towards regional qualification across multi-discipline events and distances. The primary training emphasis is to optimise performance on all four strokes and aerobic development through focusing on the 200m and 400m Freestyle and Individual Medley events. Swimmers are expected to keep their meet entries broad and varied. The Age Group Development Squad is split into three smaller squads (AG 1, AG 2 and AG 3) with each squad having a different training schedule.
 
Qualification
 
AG 1 : 1x Regional Automatic qualifying time / 3 x Regional Consideration qualifying time
OR
AG 2 : 2x Kent County Automatic qualifying times / 4x Consideration times
OR
AG 3 : Successful promotion from the Junior Development Squad, at the Coaching Teams discretion.
Swim Meets
Swimmers are expected to and MUST compete at the following events : Club Championships, County Championships, Regional Championships, Arena League, Tudor League, Kent Junior League.
Swimmers are actively discouraged from competing in events not on the Club/Squad Competition Calendar without the express permission from their squad lead coach.
 
Training Attendance
 
Swimmers MUST maintain pool training sessions together with 1 S&C land-based session as advised by the squad coach.
 
Sessions:
 
 
Training Performance & Expectations
 
Individuals must be committed to a positive work ethic, maintain performance levels at all sessions and begin to learn how to cope with the management and demands of training.
 
Attitudes
 
Swimmers are expected to accept personal responsibility for competition performance together with feedback on all aspects of training.
Swimmers are also expected to uphold and maintain respect for other Club members, coaches, volunteers, officials, other pool and facility users and the facilities themselves in abidance with the Club “code of conduct”. Every swimmer should understand that they are representative of and act as ambassadors for the Club.
 
Commitment
 
Swimmers are required to attend pool-based sessions and 1 land-based training session per week as advised by the squad coach. Please note that land training sessions are looking to be added onto the squad schedule. Swimmers are required to represent and be available as required for Sevenoaks Swimming Club team events, swimming at multiple levels of competition and squad selection as programmed by the Head Coach. Sevenoaks Swimming Club kit must be always be worn in attendance at competitions unless otherwise advised.

8-11 years (Guidance Only)

 
Lead Coach: Tom Jaques
 
Objectives
 
Junior Development aims to prepare swimmers to qualify and compete confidently at county level across multi-discipline events and distances. The primary training emphasis is to build technical skills on all four strokes and aerobic development through focusing on the 200m and 400m Freestyle and Individual Medley events. Swimmers are expected to keep their meet entries broad and varied. The Junior Development Squad is split into three smaller squads (AG 1, AG 2 and AG 3) with each squad having a different training schedule.
 
Qualification
 
1x Kent County consideration qualifying time
OR
Selection for team galas such as Kent Junior League
OR
Successful promotion from the Oaks Academy, at the Coaching Teams discretion.
 
Swim Meets
 
Swimmers are expected to and MUST compete at the following events : Club Championships, County Championships, Arena League, Tudor League, Kent Junior League.
Swimmers are actively discouraged from competing in events not on the Club/Squad Competition Calendar without the express permission from their squad lead coach.
 
Training Attendance
 
Swimmers MUST maintain pool training sessions together with 1 S&C land-based session as advised by the squad coach.
 
Sessions
 
 
Training Performance & Expectations
 
Individuals must be committed to a positive work ethic, maintain performance levels at all sessions and begin to learn how to cope with the management and demands of training.
 
Attitudes
 
Swimmers are expected to accept personal responsibility for competition performance together with feedback on all aspects of training.
Swimmers are also expected to uphold and maintain respect for other Club members, coaches, volunteers, officials, other pool and facility users and the facilities themselves in abidance with the Club “code of conduct”. Every swimmer should understand that they are representative of and act as ambassadors for the Club.
 
Commitment
 
Swimmers are required to attend weekly pool-based sessions and land-based training session as advised by the squad coach. Please note that land training sessions are looking to be added onto the squad schedule. Swimmers are required to represent and be available as required for Sevenoaks Swimming Club team events, swimming at multiple levels of competition and squad selection as programmed by the Head Coach. Sevenoaks Swimming Club kit must be always be worn in attendance at competitions unless otherwise advised.

Oaks Academy

Published in Squads
6-10 years (guidance only)
 
Coaches : Helen Dudman, Kendra Tovey, Gail Leathers, Tom Jaques, Mandy Turner, Janette O’Sullivan
 
Objectives
 
To create skills in all four strokes in preparation for competitive swimming (or other aquatic activity) using NTP 7+ ASA Competitive Starts Award and Swim England Club Awards with the view to progress along the appropriate pathways in the Club.
 
Qualification
 
Either promotion from Minnows or progression from local Swim Schools/Learn To Swim providers by achieving NTP Stages 6/7 (or equivalent).
 
Swim Meets
 
Swimmers will be invited to participate in Club events, e.g. Club Championships, etc
Swimmers are actively discouraged from competing in events not on the Club/Squad Competition Calendar without the express permission from their squad lead coach.
 
Training Attendance
 
It is important to maintain attendance to ensure continued progressive development. Please advise the squad coach of any absence.
 
Sessions
 
 
Training Performance & Expectations
 
Individuals are encouraged to take a positive work ethic at all sessions and to be committed to learning and continuing their development. Sessions are based on developing swimmers in preparation for the training requirements of future squads.
 
Attitudes
 
Swimmers are encouraged to begin to take personal responsibility for applying the feedback given to them on all technical aspects from their coach.
Swimmers are also expected to uphold and maintain respect for other Club members, coaches, volunteers, officials, other pool and facility users and the facilities themselves in abidance with the Club “code of conduct”. Every swimmer should understand that they are representative of and act as ambassadors for the Club.
Swimmers showing a positive engagement, work ethic, ability and desire to succeed (age dependant) may be selected to attend Junior 3 or additional Minnows sessions prior to completing the fully academy programme.

Minnows

Published in Squads
4-10 years (guidance only)
 
Learn To Swim, National Teaching Plan Stages 1-6
 
Lead Teacher : Ben McDonald
 
Objectives
 
To create skills in all four strokes in preparation for competitive swimming (or other aquatic activity) using NTP 4-7 with the view to progress along the appropriate pathways in the Club.
 
Qualification
 
By booking termly lesson slots with the Lead Teacher.
 
Swim Meets
 
Eligible swimmers may be invited to participate in Club events, e.g. Club Championships, etc
 
Training Attendance
 
It is important to maintain attendance to ensure continued progressive development. Please advise the teachers of any absence.

 

Sessions

See our Minnows sub-section for session times and dates

 

Training Performance & Expectations
 
Individuals are encouraged to take a positive work ethic at all sessions and to be committed to learning and continuing their development. Sessions are based on developing swimmers in preparation for the training requirements of future squads.
 
Attitudes
 
Swimmers are also expected to uphold and maintain respect for other Club members, coaches, volunteers, officials, other pool and facility users and the facilities themselves in abidance with the Club “code of conduct”. Every swimmer should understand that they are representative of and act as ambassadors for the Club.
Swimmers showing a positive engagement, work ethic, ability and desire to succeed (age dependant).

Club Squad

Published in Squads
10 years and over (guidance only)
 
Objectives
 
To offer a non-competitive environment for individuals to develop their personal aquatic skills and abilities; predominantly in swimming but occasionally in water polo and synchro. Lane(s) for fitness swimming may be provided for swimmers who show the willing and ability to perform a complete session (also age dependant).
 
Qualification
 
Either promotion from Minnows or progression from local Swim Schools/Learn To Swim providers by achieving NTP Stages 6/7 (or equivalent).
OR
Age related entry (10 years +)
OR
Transition from Academy or other squads.
 
Swim Meets
 
Swimmers will be invited to participate in Club events, e.g. Club Championships, etc
 
Training Attendance
 
It is important to maintain attendance to ensure continued progressive development. Please advise the squad coach of any absence.
 
Sessions
 
 
Please note that additional training sessions are looking to be added onto the squad schedule.
 
Training Performance & Expectations
 
Swimmers are encouraged to take personal responsibility for applying the feedback given to them on all technical aspects from their coach. Sessions will utilise the Swim England NTP Levels 8-10, distance awards and other aquatic schemes to recognise personal achievement. Water polo and synchro skills will too be taught and assessed periodically.
 
Attitudes
 
Individuals are encouraged to take a positive work ethic at all sessions and to be committed to learning and continuing their development.
Swimmers are also expected to uphold and maintain respect for other Club members, coaches, volunteers, officials, other pool and facility users and the facilities themselves in abidance with the Club “code of conduct”. Every swimmer should understand that they are representative of and act as ambassadors for the Club.
Swimmers may wish to transfer to a Competitive Squad at a later stage. This will be based on each swimmer’s ability and squad criteria acquirements. Please discuss this with your squad coach.

Masters

Published in Squads
19 Years+
 
Learn To Swim, National Teaching Plan Stages 1-6
 
Lead Contact : Gavin Coveney
 
Objectives
 
To offer a non-competitive environment for individuals to develop their personal aquatic skills and abilities; predominantly in swimming but occasionally in water polo and synchro. Lane(s) for fitness swimming may be provided for swimmers who show the willing and ability to perform a complete session (also age dependant).
 
Swim Meets
 
Swimmers will be invited to participate in Club events, e.g. Club Championships, etc and may participate in masters competitions or other open meets.
 
Sessions
 
 

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