Norwich Swan Swimming Club


Skill Development

For competitive age group swimmers (up to 12 years).  The emphasis is on developing excellent technique on all four strokes as well as starts, turns and finishing skills.  There will also be a strong focus on aerobic conditioning.

Stroke technique is generally good, and swimmers are aiming to make their stroke more efficient.  Knowledge of starts, turns, and finishes is good, and swimmers are working towards making them more efficient.  Swimmers in this squad are aiming to achieve 5m underwater with an efficient and streamlined transition.

The focus is on training, but swimmers are expected to compete to test and refine their skills, and this means competing in a range of galas that they qualify for. This includes Norfolk ASA County Championships, Challenge and Development Galas, along with Club Championships, Graded Galas, and any local Open Meets.

Lead Coach: Nikki Merrill


Skill Development swimmers are expected to:

  • Be on poolside at least 10 minutes before the session to complete an efficient land warm up and be briefed before the session.
  • Take responsibility for their own training and keep their profile and personal swimming information data up to date.
  • Bring your own goggles, hat, kick board, pull buoy, snorkel, water bottle and fins to every session.
  • Aim to attend the strength and conditioning session where possible bringing a roller.


Training will be based on the Long Term Athlete Development “Stage 2: SwimSkills - Building Technique”.

To get the best out of your swimming now and in the future, it is recommended that you aim to attend 3 sessions per week (one of them being 25m) along with a land training session.

It may also help your training if you participate in other complementary sports that use similar energy systems or help build strong core muscles.

Training times





    Monday      (Techique Session) 06:00 - 07:30 Hewett Stewart Park
Monday 19:00 - 20:00 Town Close Nikki Merrill
Wednesday 19:00 - 20:00 Town Close Jamie Day


19:30 - 21:00


James Russen


17:00 - 18:30


Phil Davis


16:00 - 17:00


Nikki Merrill

Land Training





Friday 18:50 - 19:20 Wymondham James Russen/Phil Davis

Dates for your Diaries

Additional information on training during the holidays and any special events can be found on the website.

Performance reviews

Performance reviews will be carried out at the end of every term to monitor swimmers’ progress and assess their ability to move to the next squad.  If a swimmer is not meeting the criteria for the squad, it will be discussed with parents to determine a more appropriate squad.

Squad Fees

  • £44 per month
  • Annual fees - £39 per year (or £62 for families) for membership and insurance (payable in January or upon joining the club)
  • Each additional child in the family gets 20% discount on the lowest monthly squad fee. (The discount only applies to children in Squads, not Learn to Swim.) 
  • Monthly fee covers all squad sessions (including land training)


Payment Options

Payments are due on the 1st of each month. Please set up auto pay by registering a credit or debit card against your account.  Fees on your account will then be automatically billed to your card on the 1st of each month.