Dorking Swimming Club

A summary of all our squads. If you are interested in joining Dorking Swimming Club, please see our How to Join page and contact the relevant membership secretary.

You can download a summary of sessions per squad here.

Minnows

Mostly 4 years old

Minnows have half-hour lessons on Saturday mornings at Dorking Leisure Centre. There are usually two consecutive mixed-ability groups starting at 8:00 and 8:30 am.

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Shrimps

4 to 5 years old

In Shrimps, you need to be able to swim 10m, the teaching focuses on development of good technique on front and back in an atmosphere of structured fun.

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Penguins

Typically 6 to 8 years old

As a Penguin, you will learn all the necessary skills to become a competent swimmer and to progress into competitive swimming (Junior 1) - whilst having fun!

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Junior 1

7 to 9 years old

Junior 1 introduces the swimmer to the first competitive level of the club where they experience an increase in the amount of swimming they do.

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Junior 2

8 and older

When swimmers move from the "Learn to Swim" programme to the first training level at the club, they will experience an increase in the amount of training they do. Swimmers are expected to attend all the training sessions. After three to four weeks with all the sessions being attended they will have adapted to this level of training and progression will quickly follow.

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Competitive Development

10 and older

When the swimmers join the Competitive Development Squad the training sets increase and the swimmers are introduced to more types of training sets. There are 5 swimming sessions available for this squad per week. Squad members should be able to cover between 2000 - 3000m during per hour during a training session.

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Excel

10 and older

By invitation of the Head Coach

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Intermediate

Typically 13 and older

The aim in the Intermediate squad is to target specific competitions. Keep up to date with all aspect of competitive swimming. Advanced swimming related flexibility, psychology and physiology will be used. Land based training and target swimming leading to specialisation and performance enhancement.

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Intermediate Lite

From Year 10 to 18 years old

Intermediate Lite squad is an option for those in Year 10 to stay in the club but without the time and cost commitment of a full training squad.

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Performance

13 and older

Membership of the Performance squad is earned through hard work, good attitude & commitment. Selection by the Head Coach should not be considered an automatic progression from other squads, and it is not a privilege earned from previous performances or status.

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Students

18+

Swimmers who are aged 18 and older, in full time university education (living away from home), may become Student members.

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Masters

18+

If you are aged 18+ and keen to swim either for fitness or for competition then come along to a Masters Session.

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