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 Age Group squad offers swimmers the opportunity to compete at County, Regional or National level competition, training with peers that have similar expectations. Swimmers will learn the skill and tactics required to compete in the full range of swimming events. Age Group is split into 3 squads:


Age Group 1: This squad will contain individuals who are attaining County times (or are working very hard to do so). There will be a greater focus within the squad of working in a Training to Train structure. Individuals who show dedication to training and learning can expect to move up into the next two squads quickly. The swimmers in this squad will be those who have attained a good standard of technique and skills through the Development programme and who require coaching of those skills not further teaching. There will be a greater focus on providing the swimmers with an appropriate aerobic base for their biological age.

Recommended 3 - 4 Sessions a week


Age Group 2: This group of swimmers will be those who are showing training and competing potential to move into the Age group regional squad. This will be swimmers who are making regional consideration times or are showing potential to do so. Movement into this squad will require swimmers to have shown that they have the desire to work hard and are already attaining a high level of session attendance already.

Recommended 5-6 Sessions a week


Age Group Regional: This squad is the top group for age group swimmers. Individuals will be expected to be achieving Regional qualifying times in multiple events. Any individual making a 200/400 IM regional time will gain automatic entry into this squad. Members will be expected to be able to train at a consistent high level. It is expected that swimmers in this group will be taking a certain degree of ownership for their own development. Swimmers will be aiming to leave this squad making National times into either Youth Performance or Youth National

Recommended 6-7 Session a week


Squad Entrance Criteria

 The typical age of swimmers in this squad are between 9 and 13 years.

Swimmers must be able to:

  • Swim a legal and efficient 200m IM race including a racing start and the seven competitive turns.

  • Hold three 200m Amateur Swimming Association Bronze Speed Award times.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of using a pace clock.

Squad Aim

Swimmers will build an aerobic engine prior to biological maturation and be able to perform all swimming pool races demonstrating knowledge of stroke counting, stroke rates whilst holding effective stroke, start, turn and finish technique.



Swimmers motivation will come from achieving process goals as discussed with their coach in order to improve performance and the competitive outcome of each event.



 Young swimmers who achieve county and regional success plus consistently demonstrating a hard work ethic and commitment to training and competition attendance may be selected Age Group 2 or Age Regional. These movements into these squads includes advanced aerobic development and skill refinement.

Swimmers committed to competitive swimming that compete at County, Regional or National level competition will progress into the Youth Performance Squad or Youth National squad. Swimmers at the age of 14 who enjoy swimming for their club along with the social and fitness side, plus still enjoying to compete may progress into the Seagulls Youth Squad.



ASA Competitive Swimming Performance Awards Standard.


Equipment Required

Pool Training

  • Drinks bottle x2 (min 1 litre).

  • Swimming flippers.

  • Kickboard.

  • Hand paddles.

  • Goggles x2

  • Pull-buoy.

  • Snorkel.

  • Rubber band to go around ankles.

Land Training

  • Correct sports trainers, shorts, t-shirt and hoodie.


Competitions Throughout The Season


Individual Performances All ages

  • Club Championships (typically Sept – Dec).

  • County Championships (Feb, March)

  • Regional Championships (Apr, May)

  • National Championships (July, Aug)

  • Open Meets (Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan, Apr, May,June,July)

Team Inter-Club Gala’s

  • Dorset Novice League (Jan- Mar)

  • West Hants Novice League (Mar – Nov)

  • Southern Junior League (Apr – June)

  • National Swimming League (Sept – Dec)

Squad Fees

All squad fees can be found on our Membership Fees page.


Squad Training Calendar

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Last modified 25 April 2021.