Dorking Swimming Club

Competitive Development

When the swimmers join the Competitive Development Squad the training sets increase and they 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. This is a crucial stage of the swimmers development, following the training plan and commitment to the training plan will steer them towards more complex progressions, a variety of test sets are integrated into the programme.

This squad includes the following work and expectations: -

  • Develop and improve stroke technique on all four competitive strokes.
  • Learn more complex stroke drill progressions for all the four competitive strokes.
  • Monitoring training using test swims.
  • Practice IM swimming sets.
  • Learn and perfect starts, turns and finishes on all four competitive strokes and IM turns.
  • Learn and perfect relay takeovers.
  • Independently monitor training by using pace clock.
  • Complete a well-balanced training programme, that includes; varied pace swims (builds, negative splits, descending sets etc) basic swimming speed, pacing and over distance swims.
  • Learn the rules of the sport.
  • Increase the distance covered in training sessions to improve endurance.
  • Participate in club time trials and club competitions performing a variety of strokes and distances.
  • Participate in local meets.
  • Learn the process of goal setting and working toward objectives.
  • Learn to complete a log book of training and competition results.
  • Learn and practise basic stretching and core body strength work.
  • Take responsibility for training equipment required at each training session (pull buoy, drink bottle and fins, goggles.)

Please Note:

All swimmers under 13 must have a responsible adult present for all training sessions, and the swimmer must know who they are if it's not the parent, in case of emergency.

Squad Coaches

Lead Coach:   



Monday at The Priory, Dorking
7:00pm to 8:30pm

Tuesday at St. Teresa's
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Thursday, Land Training at Dorking
6:30pm to 7:10pm

Thursday at Dorking
7:45pm to 8:30pm

Saturday at Dorking
9:00am to 10:00am

Sunday at CLFS
12:30 to 1:30pm