PIRANHAS SQUAD

Lead Coaches:  Peter Farmer and Jessica Farmer

Introduction

This squad is for swimmers who:

  1. Desire to continue personal development from Learn-to-Swim to Club Swimmer.
  2. Support of parents/guardians.
  3. Competent in Frontcrawl and Backstroke.
  4. Can complete a 100m swim on Frontcrawl and Backstroke without stopping in accordance with ASA law.
  5. Can complete 25m of Breaststroke Kick with good understanding of the stroke laws.
  6. Competent at Butterfly kick.

Entry into PIRANHAS SQUAD is by Assistant Coaches: Peter Farmer, Jessica Farmer and Jake Howes.

 

Objectives

The primary objective of this squad are:

  • To learn the skills involved in swimming by developing each of the four strokes as well as the core element of body control, feel for the water, and stable movement patterns.

All objectives of this squad are in line with the ASA Long Term Athletic Development plan:

  • Stage 1 – FUNdamental
  • The emphasis is on developing basic movement literacy and fundamental movement skills.  The skills to be developed are the ABSs (Agility, Balance, Coordination, Speed.  No periodisation will take place, but a well-structured programme with proper stroke, skill progression will be implemented.

An example of the weekly training schedule can be found here.

There will be additional sessions included where necessary.

Attendance

There are 3 available sessions and swimmers are expected to attend a minimum of 2 sessions per week with 1 Saturday morning. Parents should note that to gain maximum benefit from the Club Programme swimmers need to be achieving an attendance of at least 3 sessions per week.

Competitions

Swimmers are to compete at competitions directed by Squad Coach/Head Coach only, Piranha Squad swimmers are invited and actively encouraged to compete at City of Southampton Swimming Club’s club championships, which are held in November each year, and where appropriate Level 3-4 Open Meet Competitions.

Punctuality

Swimmers should arrive punctually for training, ready to skip, mobilize and stretch at the designated time.

Squad Fees

Fees are payable monthly by standing order. 

Equipment

At this level, swimmers are expected to have some of their own equipment.  Swimmers should arrive punctually for training with the following equipment properly adjusted and in good working order prior to the start of each session.

  • Swimming costume or trunks
  • Towel
  • Goggles (preferably 2 x Pairs)
  • Club Swim hat (if worn)
  • Pullbuoy
  • Drinks bottle (700ml)
  • Fins
  • Skipping rope

 

David Terry

Head Coach
City of Southampton Swimming Club