Swimmers must be able to cope with the training load and intensity of the training sessions. A transition to County is arranged on a monthly basis after discussion with parents, swimmers and coaches. Coaches expect the right attitude and commitment from swimmers already in this squad or swimmers wishing to join this squad who are fully committed to team ethos, and goals (individual and team), to be on time and fully prepared for all sessions and competitions (training gear, water bottle, team kit etc).

  • 9-11 years old. Maximum age (on 31 December) when accepted to Academy 1 is 10
  • 3 out of 4 sessions
  • Actively working toward PB within 10% of County QT’s
  • Participation in Galas (where appropriate), Club Championship and County Championship (if selected or when QT has been achieved); Open meets should be entered on coach’s recommendation only


To join this squad a swimmer must be able to perform:

  • 200m FRONT CRAWL according to the FINA swimming rules.
  • 100m BACKSTROKE and 100m BREASTSTROKE according to the FINA swimming rules.
  • 50m BUTTERFLY according to the FINA swimming rules.
  • Correct tumble turns, basic IM turns, and dive from the starting block