Cruisers Squad Criteria 

Squad coach – Janet Hopkins

Squad representative

There is a squad representative for each squad who is the first point of contact for parents for any questions. They also send out any relevant information for the squad. You will be given the details of your representative when entering the squad.


Cruisers is the first of the ‘development squads’ and as such it is the normal club entry squad for young swimmers coming up from the NDSC, or any other, teaching programme.

Cruisers are normally at least eight years old, although exceptionally we accept younger swimmers if they can demonstrate that they have the required skills and that they can cope with the training.

Entry into Cruisers is usually by means of a swimming assessment at Brockhurst Pool on a pre-arranged Saturday morning. Swimmers who have achieved Swim England Stage 8 would usually be accepted into the Club. Cruisers currently has three main sessions per week. Cruisers may attend the Friday morning Northcroft session after consultation with the Squad Coach. Please refer to pool schedule for times.

Squad aims

The coaching emphasis is very much on acquiring the basic skills in the four strokes, namely butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and front crawl.

All swimmers in Cruisers have a log book in which they can record their progress.

Progression through Cruisers

Training sessions are generally organised into graded lanes so that progress can be easily monitored. The number of lanes will depend on the session (space available).

Swimmers will be considered for progression to the Sprinters squad once they are able to perform the four strokes and their associated starts and turns as specified by Swim England.Technical Rules. Consistent performance of the more technical aspects is not required because these will be emphasised in Sprinters. Knowledge and understanding of the requirements is expected before progression.

Training attendance

The main training night is a Thursday night at Northcroft. It is suggested that Cruisers train for at least 2 sessions a week. Inability to attend due to other commitments will not prevent progression to the next squad but it should be understood that consistent attendance will lead to much faster improvement and progression.

Monthly timings take place on the first Thursday of each month, with the stroke rotating each month (freestyle/back/breast/fly). This enables both swimmers and coaches to track improvement and can give times they can use to enter competitions (where the competition conditions allow).

Competition attendance

Cruisers should be entering all internal galas.

Children in this squad may be called upon to swim in the Arena or Thames Valley leagues that the club enters.

There is a gala guide on the website which informs you about competing in open meets, leagues and progression from Counties to Regional to Nationals.

Kit Required

Club Kit Policy