Swim Groups

City of Canterbury SC is a competitive swimming club offering training squads for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of the City of Canterbury SC  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.

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Training squads and times

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Go to group information for: Youth | Marlins | Competition Development | Pre-Comp | First Steps | Masters

We are able to accept swimmers who have reached the standard of ASA Stage 1 all the way up to national level swimmers.  Swimmers are welcome to come for a trial with a member of the City of Canterbury coaching staff, where we will assess their swimming strokes to allocate them to the most suitable group.  All of our pool training sessions run at Kingsmead Leisure Centre, Canterbury.

Youth

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Our top competitive squad, with swimming training geared towards obtaining South East Region, Home Country or British National qualification times.  Entry to this squad is usually via Youth lanes 3 & 4, but is also open to new club members with established times.

Training Offered: 9 pool sessions per week (15.75 hours) 

Marlins

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Further Stroke refinement and increasing stamina and development of stroke changes.  Introduction to racing skills including starts and turns in preparation for competitionEntry to Marlins is usually via development but is also open to new club members who have reached the required standard on all four strokes in their trial.

Training Offered: 4 pool sessions per week (6.75 hours) + extra mornings 

Competition Development

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Our first competitive group, with three training sessions per week.  Swimming stroke technique is refined, developing stamina, as well as awareness of the rules and technical laws of swimming competition.  This squad is the ideal route from swimming lessons to competitive swimming.  Entry to squad can be from Pre-Comp or new club members who have reached the required standard on all four strokes in their trial.

Training Offered: 3 sessions per week (3.75 hours)

Pre-Comp 1 & 2

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Our first two groups in the main pool, developing the four basic strokes with turns and stroke changes in preparation for competition.  Stamina is also introduced, with an aim of four lengths of the main pool.  Entry to both groups can be from First Steps 3 or new members who have reached the required standard in their trial.

Both groups are offered 2 x 30 min sessions per week

First Steps 1, 2, 3

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Our first three groups use the trainer pool, giving an introduction to floatability, water awareness and confidence in the water with movement on both the front and back.  Swimming strokes are developed and refined with the aim of completing a length of the trainer pool on each of the four strokes: Front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.  All three squads are open to new club members after a trial.

All groups are offered either one or two 30 min sessions per week

Masters & Masters Extra

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Adult Swimming for 21+ years old.  A great swimming club with something for everyone!  Whether you’re looking to stay fit, improve your technique or compete, we have it all at Canterbury Masters.  A happy, friendly bunch working to pre-set programmes for different abilities.  Help with stroke development if requested with the option of competition from local up to international level.

Masters: 1 session per week.  Masters Extra: 2 sessions per week