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 Youth squad offers swimmers the opportunity to compete at County, Regional or National level competition, training with peers that have similar expectations. Swimmers following physical maturation will train towards specific events and distances.

Squad Entrance Criteria

 The typical age of swimmers in this squad are between 13 and 18 years.

Swimmers must be able to:

  • Complete a 30x100m set off an interval of 90 seconds.

  • Demonstrate efficient race technique in all events including the transition from the wall to the first stroke on starts and turns.

  • Perform a training set collecting data from time, distance from the walls on a starts and turns along with stroke counting.

  • Analyse performance through race section time, distance, stroke counting, stroke rates, application of technique, nutrition, hydration, lifestyle and rest.

Squad Aim

To promote strengths and improve on weaknesses by individuals making correct decisions in training and lifestyles in order to perform at regional or national level competition, whilst maintaining educational ambitions.


Swimmers motivation will come from achieving process goals through skills, tactics, lifestyle, physical and mental attributes as discussed with their coach in order to improve performance.


 Swimmers by priority at National, Regional finalist, Regional level will be offered additional training on Wednesdays with further individually focused goal setting conducted with the coach.

Opportunities to train in England Talent Programmes, weekly Beacon sessions and training with other national level swim squads will be available in consultation with the coach.

Swimmers will progress into performance programmes typically after further education. Swimmers who are at a high level can continue with Seagulls Youth squad. Alternatively, if swimmers still enjoy competing for their club, but cannot maintain commitment to the squad they may join the Seagulls Swim Fit or Masters squads.

Equipment Required

 Pool Training

  • Drinks bottle x2 (min 1 litre).

  • Swimming flippers.

  • Kickboard.

  • Hand paddles.

  • Goggles x2.

  • Childs Pull-buoy.

  • Finis snorkel.

  • Rubber band to go around ankles.

  • Clothes and trainers, occasionally.

Land Training

  • Skipping rope.

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

  • Weight training gloves

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)

Team Inter-Club Gala’s

  • National Arena League (September – December)

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 25 April 2021.