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Training Scheme

The Aquabears Training Scheme offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of the Training Scheme here to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities.

Please call us at  to schedule an assessment and trial, or Click Here to send us an email request for more information.

 

AIMS OF EACH ABILITY GROUP

 

  • Junior Development 1&2. “Rookie to Bronze group” 1&2 (Target age range 8 years to 11 years)
    • Link group from Bears Learn to swim Scheme.
    • Swimmers to develop the necessary competitive swim skills.
    • Commence with squad on 2 sessions per week with 3 available.
    • Developing with squad to 3 sessions per week.
    • To compete at internal time trials in preparation for junior leagues and a licensed swim meet.
    • To develop the appropriate competitive skills.
  • Age Group Development. “Silver group” (Target age range 9 years to 11 year)
    • To compete at a suitable level licence meets following the Squads annual competitive programme.
    • Aim to achieve Level 3 times and success.
    • Working to achieve County qualifying times.
    • Building weekly sessions with squad to 4 sessions per week.
    • To develop the appropriate competitive skills.
    • Swimmers should be competing in a variety of events and strokes.
  • Age Group Potential “Gold group”(Target age range 10 – 14 years)
    • To compete at suitable level licence meets following the Squads annual competitive programme.
    • To achieve County and Regional qualifying times, and success.
    • To progress on the Swim England rankings.
    • Weekly training sessions 5 per week.
    • To develop the appropriate competitive skills.
  • Age Group “Platinum group” (Target age range 12 - 15years + )
    • To compete at suitable level licence meets following the Squads annual competitive programme.
    • To achieve County qualifying times, and success.
    • To progress on the ASA rankings.
    • Weekly training sessions 6 per week.
    • To develop the appropriate competitive skills.
  • National Development “Age performance group”(Target age range 12+)
    • To achieve County/Regional qualifying times.
    • To compete at suitable level licence meets following the clubs annual competitive programme.
    • Weekly sessions 7 per week.
  • National “Youth performance group”(Target age range 13years + )
    • Regional success.
    • To achieve English / British National qualification.
    • To develop the appropriate competitive skills
    • Weekly training sessions 8 + per week.
  • Age and Youth Training Groups
    • To train and offer competition at suitable level licence meets following the Squads annual competitive programme.
    • To take part in the clubs team competitions.
    • Swimmers have more flexibility with session attendance in this group.

 

  • Minimum Age for Each Ability Group
  • Age as 31st December In-line with current Swim England/British Swimming policy.

 

 

 

Ability Group Assessment

  • All group movements will be dependent on the availability of space within the next ability group, to ensure a safe and workable environment and to ensure that the Bears program is able to achieve its aims.

 

  • All schemes of work for each ability group will be closely monitored to ensure the correct level of work is being delivered to each swimmer. Coaches will at all times ensure the aims of the group are achievable.

 

  • The aim of each group is to mirror the sports “LTAD” (Long Term Athlete Development) This process is aimed at keeping swimmers in the sport long term and ensure that the swimmers acquire the necessary skills to ensure that every swimmer within the programme achieves the highest level that their talents will allow.

 

  • To achieve this it is important that swimmers understand that the aim is not to attempt to go through the process as quickly as possible but to maximise the learning process and ensure that the correct skills are acquired within each of the ability groups, while at the same time working to achieve the competitive aims of the ability group.

 

  • Each ability group has an ultimate goal for the swimmers to strive for. To achieve this goal successfully it is important that the swimmer utilises his/her time with the ability group and work hard to achieve all the set training process and targets within the assigned group, all of which have been designed to be progressive to give the swimmers the skills to achieve National and International success.

 

  • Group promotion, in line with group targets is laid out in a promotion matrix which can be viewed in the documents section of the web site.