County Pathway is a squad that is aimed at swimmers to introduce the aspects of age group and competitive swimming. This includes working in a train-to-train structure to work on aerobic development as well as learning / improving race skills. This squad will be mainly focused at swimmers working towards gaining qualification or consideration times at Dorset county championships.

Recommended 4- 5 Sessions a week


Squad Entrance Criteria

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

Swimmers must be able to:

  • Competing at target competitions and following competition calendar
  • Swim a legal and efficient 200m IM including a racing start and the seven competitive turns.

  • complete a set of 10 x 50 - 1:00

  • complete a set of 8 x 50 Kick - 1:20


Athlete Requirements

  • Expected to arrive on time to complete Pre Pool before the session
  • Report to Coach before and After every Race
  • Demonstrate a good Level of dedication to the sport and attendance

Squad Aim

Swimmers will work to gain qualification or consideration times to Dorset county championships. With training focused around 200IM to develop all strokes, techniques and turns. 



 Age County - If meeting squad criteria to progress to Age County ( Age 9 - 13yrs)

Performance Pathway - if meeting squad criteria to progress to Performance Pathway ( Age 13/Ovr)


Equipment Required

Pool Training

  • Drinks bottle x2 (min 1 litre).

  • Swimming fins

  • Kickboard

  • Hand paddles

  • Goggles x2

  • Pull-buoy

  • Snorkel

  • Rubber band to go around ankles

Pre Pool

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

  • Resistance Bands

  • Foam Roller

  • Skipping Rope

  • Yoga Matt


Competitions Throughout The Season


Individual Performances All ages

  • Club Championships (typically Sept – Dec).

  • Dorset County Championships ( Jan,Feb)

  • 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 Arena Junior League ( May - July)

  • National Swimming League (Sept – Dec)

Squad Fees

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


Squad Training Calendar

Click here to see when and where we swim.

Last modified 16/08/2023.