Swimming is such a skill-based sport with so many complex actions to each of the four strokes mechanics. Swimmers that attend 2 or more sessions per week are more likely to acquire these necessary skills due to the ability of the coaches to re-enforce the acquired skill before it is forgotten therefore allowing for new skills to be learnt and mastered.
Sound technique is a swimmers most important requirement to being successful. Technique takes focus and concentration on the task. Having a sound foundation of technique allows the swimmer to progress quicker.
As in any competitive sport, the ability to race is extremely important with swimming no different. As each swimmer progresses they will be encouraged to compete in local competitions under guidance from the coaches, this allows the coaches and swimmers to see progress, which is a huge confidence booster.
Swimmers are expected to be on poolside at least 5 minutes before the start of their session with all their equipment, including a good size drink bottle filled with diluted squash or juice. Fizzy drinks and glass bottles are not allowed on poolside.
All swimmers are expected to have respect for all the coaching staff, be willing to learn and to support their teammates in training and competitions
What the coaches expect from swimmers:
Regular attendance at training sessions, we strongly recommend that swimmers attend 2 sessions per week at this level. Swimmers need to be in the appropriate swimwear and have the appropriate kit:
Boys: fitted shorts/trunks. Baggy shorts are not swimwear; they are for wearing on the beach.
Girls: costumes should fit the size you are, not be 2 sizes too big for you to grow into, the likelihood is that they will wear out well before you grow into it.
All: Short training Fins and kickboard
What you can expect from the coaches:
A positive and caring attitude to your progress with constant work on improving technique, support and advice on entering competitions and support when you are at competitions.
Promotion Criteria to the Junior Squad:
2 sessions per week is advisable, 3 is preferable as you will be strongly encouraged to attend 3 sessions per week in Junior Squad.
The ability to hold good technique over 100m distance on back, breast and front crawl and 50m butterfly, a positive attitude and a willingness to compete at local competitions.
All promotions will be at the discretion of the Head Coach
Development Squad Sessions
The following table shows the Development Squad sessions that are available.
If you are not 100% sure about whether BPSC is for you we do offer two FREE taster sessions. Please use the 'Contact Us' tab on the left hand side of the page to arrange.