CRANLEIGH

SWIMMING CLUB

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Squads

We follow a progressive squad system like most clubs, and swimmers joining at around 7-8 years old would typically start in the Intro Squads. Here strokes are worked on before progressing to our Development Squad, with more focus on technique and stamina, and then on to the Intermediates where speed begins to be key. Intermediates also require demanding times and stroke work, before finally moving into our Senior Squads for stronger, faster and longer drills, competitive turns and dives, strength and stamina training and a land training programme.

All of our squads are encouraged to enter into our own Meet programme to get them used to competing and many of our swimmers are also expected and required to swim for the club at inter-club galas and league meets. We run a calendar of home and away meets again that are selected to be suitable for our swimmers and hope that everyone takes the opportunity to swim away from the home pool when possible as this is a very good experience.

Training timetables, locations and list of equipment needed for all squads can be found here.

In the descriptions below the following abbreviations are used.

  • FR = Freestyle
  • BR = Breaststroke
  • BK = Backstroke
  • FLY = Butterfly

Intro 1 and 1+ Squads

Objectives

Intro squads 1 & 1+ contain swimmers who have met the assessment requirement for the Club. The key aim is to introduce an effective technique for all strokes, to improve the swimmer’s efficiency within the water. Swimmers should enjoy learning and developing swimming skills so that they can progress within the club.

Qualification

Swimmers in the Intro 1 Squad should be able to:

  • Understand and begin to use the pace clock with coach's help (e.g. swimming every 5 or 10 seconds apart)
  • Demonstrate a streamlined position standing on dry land
  • Push from a wall into a front/back streamlined position underwater on every exit
  • Understand and own kit required for Swim Club (Fins, Pull Buoy, Kick Board, hat and goggles, drinks bottle)
  • Kick 25 metres front crawl/backstroke/fly (fins can be worn) with arms extended
  • Kick 25 metres breaststroke with hands on a kick board
  • Perform a sitting dive from the side of the pool
  • Swim 100m metres as 50m FR / 25m BR / 25m BK
  • Swim 25m as 12.5m FL/ continue FR once arms not going over the surface 
  • Swim 50 metres in 75 seconds
  • Swim a 4x25m IM order.  BR / FL performing two-handed touches
  • Perform a front forward roll in readiness to learn tumble turns 

Swimmers in the Intro 1+ Squad should be able to:

  • Understand and begin to use the pace clock with coach's help (e.g. swimming every 5 or 10 seconds apart)
  • Swim 200 as 100m FR / 50m BR / 50m BK
  • Swim 100m FR in 2.45 minutes
  • Swim a 4 x 25m IM order,  BR / FL performing two-handed touches, with set rest times
  • Complete a short set (e.g. 8 x 25 metres) on a set turnaround time (e.g. every 60 seconds).
  • Push off from the wall into a front streamlined position underwater.  Begin coaching technique for dolphin kick / breaststroke underwater pull / A pull 
  • Demonstrate Streamline shapes on Front and Back push offs
  • Demonstrate appropriate hydration strategies, bringing water bottles consistently to training
  • Begin to understand and perform correct drills effectively 
  • Perform and understand tumble turn techniques on FR and BK
  • Perform a standing dive from the poolside into a streamlined position underwater
Swim Meets

Intro 1+ swimmers are expected to compete at Club Champs in 100m FR, 50m BK and 50m BR.

Intro 2 Squad

Objectives

Intro 2 are swimmers who are primarily developing their stamina, progressing to a level where they can swim efficiently and effectively for a long period. They show enthusiasm to develop and understand their swimming technique and skills. Swimmers are encouraged to participate in Club Championships and Galas.

Criteria

Swimmers in the Intro 2 Squad should be able to:

  • Swim 300m as 200m FR/ 50m BK/ 50m BR.
  • Swim 200m Fr in 4.30 with correct tumble turns / 100 IM 2.30 / 100 FR Kick 3.00
  • Swim 100m IM with correct turns and finishes
  • Complete a short set (e.g. 6 x 50 metres) understanding pace clock and rep times
  • Perform an effective push off and transition for all strokes, showing effective dolphin kick technique and a correct legal BR A pull
  • Perform a standing dive from the block into a streamlined position underwater
  • Perform a backstroke start from the wall, ideally with feet in a trough, into a streamlined position underwater
  • Begin learning relay takeover action
  • Swim 50 metres of each stroke (25 metres butterfly) demonstrating effective breathing and timing, starting with the correct push off from the wall, underwater phase and transition to stroke
  • Perform a legal and efficient turn on each of the four strokes
Swim Meets

Intro 2 swimmers are expected to compete at Club Champs in 100m FR, 50m BK and 50m BR. They should also compete in Time Trials and the Club's Open Meets.

Development Squad

Objectives

To continue the technique pathway gained in Intro Squad 2 to enable swimmers to reach a competitive level. Swimmers are encouraged to commit to a minimum of 3 sessions per week.

Qualification (Subject to review)
  • Age 9 to 12 years
  • 100 Individual Medley Under 2:05 (Legal Strokes and turns)
  • 200 Freestyle Under 3:50
  • 100 freestyle Kick Under 2:45  
Swim Meets

Swimmers expected to compete in Club Championships, 3 Cranleigh Open Meets plus any team galas when selected.

Training (4 sessions per week 4 ½ hours)
  • Sunday 4:30 to 6:00pm (CLC)
  • Monday 6:30 to 7:30pm (CS)
  • Thursday 6:00 to 7:00pm (CS)
  • Friday 6:00 to 7:00pm (CLC)
Progression

Swimmers are expected to work towards promotion to Intermediate Squad subject to achieving the qualifying criteria and satisfactory attendance levels. All promotion is at the discretion of the coaching team.

Intermediate Squad

Objectives

This is a competitive Squad reinforcing a technical, Medley based training programme with focus on gaining stamina and learning to compete at a higher level. Swimmers are encouraged to commit to a minimum of 4 sessions per week.

Qualification (Subject to review)
  • Age 10 to 12 years
  • 100 Individual Medley Under 1:45 (Legal Strokes and turns)
  • 200 Freestyle Under 3:20
  • 100 freestyle Kick Under 2:30 
Swim Meets

Swimmers expected to compete in Club Championships, 3 Cranleigh open meets, 3 additional open meets per season, team galas when selected and Surrey Counties if qualified.

Training (5 sessions per week 7 ½ hours)
  • Sunday 4:30 to 6:00pm (CLC)
  • Monday 6:30 to 7:30pm (CS)
  • Tuesday 7:00 to 9:00pm (CLC)
  • Thursday 6:00 to 7:00pm (CS)
  • Friday 7:00 to 9:00pm (CLC)
Progression

Swimmers are expected to work towards promotion to Senior Squad subject to achieving the qualifying criteria and satisfactory attendance levels. All promotion is at the discretion of the coaching team.

Senior Performance (& Senior Student) Squad

Qualification (Subject to review)

This is a competitive Squad where swimmers will progressively be given more choices during training as they work towards specialising in their chosen events. Swimmers are encouraged to commit to a minimum of 4 sessions per week. The student package recognises the demands of school years 11-13 and requires attendance of 3 sessions per week.

Qualification (Subject to review)
  • Age 11 to 21 years (To include University vacation swimmers)
  • 200 Individual Medley Under 3:10
  • 200 Freestyle Under 2:45
  • 100 freestyle Kick Under 2:15
Swim Meets

Swimmers expected to compete in Club Championships, 3 Cranleigh open meets, 3 additional open meets per season, team galas when selected and Surrey Counties and SE Regions if qualified.

Training (5 sessions per week 9 ½ hours)
  • Sunday 6:00 to 8:00pm (CLC)
  • Monday 7:30 to 9:00pm (CS)
  • Tuesday 7:00 to 9:00pm (CLC)
  • Thursday 7:00 to 9:00pm (CS)
  • Friday 7.00 to 9.00pm (CLC)

Masters Group

Cranleigh swim club also runs a Masters group for any swimmer over 16 who wants to:

  • keep fit by swimming
  • take part in triathlon competitions
  • carry on swimming at a competitive level
  • swim in a like-minded group and push yourself just a little bit harder than being on your own

We are a friendly and sociable group catering for any swimmer 16 years old and over with a wide range of abilities and aspirations.

Training is organised and structured by our dedicated coach to suit individual needs with particular emphasis on perfecting stroke technique and water skills as well as building endurance.

For more information speak to any member of the committee.

We swim on Thursdays at 7-8pm.