Swim Groups

We offer an extensive learn to swim programme for children from school age and over, which follows the National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS).  Please go to Teaching for further information.

After Teaching Groups we currently operate under a two squad system. These are Development and Junior squad and National squad (sometimes referred to as Performance squad.)

Squads mainly differ from Teaching Groups in terms of the swimming time available to you and the expectation of slightly more commitment to the training process. It is usual for swimmers to move from their regular ‘blue’ hat forty five minute session to a session that is an hour and a half. To try and make this process of moving up as painless as possible, it may be possible for the swimmer to undergo a period of transition where they still undertake their normal top improver session but pick up one Development squad session to increase stamina. The coaches will be able to advise you on when you are ready to move into Development squad and indeed to recommend a period of transition appropriate for you, but you should be fairly comfortable with all of the four strokes and be able to confidently swim lengths as opposed to widths. All of our squads swim lengths as opposed to widths for the vast majority of the time.

Your progress up through the Clubs Squads to Performance Squad is continually assessed by the Lead Coach. The Lead Coach will invite you into Performance Squad after discussions with the Junior Lead Coach, and your parents. At the end of the day to be in Performance Squad, you must be able to demonstrate technique, dedication in training, competition and the willingness to initially train 3 x 2 hour sessions per week leading to 6 x 2 hour sessions per week that is the challenge!!!