Pre-Squad                    Coach:  Mariana Toteva


Minimum Age: 7 Maximum Age: 11

  • Attend 1 training session regularly
  • Swim 100m on front
  • Swim 100m on back
  • Correct stroke technique for front crawl and breaststroke

Swimmers will be able to have the basics of good stroke technique on three strokes (apart from Butterfly) and complete following:

  • 200m Frontcrawl
  • 200m Backstroke
  • 200m Breaststroke
  • Complete a Dive from the side of the pool
  • Stroke work and drills building up stamina on all four strokes
  • Teach chain swimming and lane etiquette

Minimum Age: 7 Maximum Age: 12

  • * Be able to commit to attending 2 training sessions regularly, school swimming can be taken into account
  • * Swim 200m freestyle
  • * Swim 200m breaststroke
  • * Swim 200m backstroke
  • * Swim 1 x 100 IM, all strokes legal, except fly which should be legal for 10m
  • * 100 frontcrawl on/under 3 minutes
  • * Correct stroke technique for breaststroke, frontcrawl and backstroke with bilateral breathing
  • * Able to complete a plunge dive competently and commence learning from blocks, showing good stance, take off, flight and streamlined underwater phase
  • * Two hand touch on Breast/Fly and push off in a streamlined position
  • * Able to sink, push and glide front and back from the wall 5m
  • * Be able to somersault at the wall for tumbles
  • * Swimmers must begin to enter all Closed Club Champs and Open Meets
  • * Swimmers must have a sufficient skill level to be able to cope with the next level of training needed.
  • * Junior Squad must have sufficient space

Disabled swimmers eligible for IPC Classification will be assessed in line with LTAD and coach discretion – where appropriate guidance from the London Regional Disability Coach will be sought.

All squad selections and criteria are at the discretion of the coaching team and are made in line with Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD). Swimmers who are dissatisfied with their squad selection will need to make an appointment with the Head Coach and Welfare Officer/Secretary to discuss the reasonings. Swimmers below the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.