Training Groups

NEW!! Swim:FIT

Middle and High School Students

This program is designed for students who want to use swimming as a way to develop physical fitness in a structured, goal-oriented environment without the pressure of competition. Through steadily developing stroke technique and endurance, students will get a medium intensity, full-body, aerobic workout in a low-impact environment. Focus is on developing good stroke technique in Freestyle, Backstroke, and Breaststroke, with an emphasis on breathing, balance, and building stamina. Also included will be dives, starts, and turns as well as the opportunity to learn about and participate in Water Polo and other aquatic activities. Starting with an initial stroke and fitness assessment, each swimmer will use a personal notebook to set and track goals to achieve by the end of the program. Goals can include swimming faster, learning a new stroke, developing better technique, swimming a certain distance. Every 4 weeks a test set will be delivered so students can track their progress and have chance to give and get feedback from the coach regarding their performance and workout goals.

 

Seal Pups*

Ages 4-6yrs

This is the beginning level for the youngest Seals. Coaches work with athletes on building confidence in the water, water safety, breathing balance and kicking. Freestyle and backstroke are the first strokes swimmers learn. Classes are part dryland and part water as this age group’s ability to focus for extended periods of time is limited.  To enter this group, athletes should be able to:
· Listen and follow directions without being disruptive.
· Be comfortable with their face in the water and be able to blow bubbles underwater.
· Be able to jump in and get to the side in the shallow end.
Once swimmers have developed sufficient skill and confidence, they are eligible to move up into stroke school, as is age appropriate.
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Stroke School*

Ages 6-10yrs

This is the entry level for the Seals. Athletes focus on stroke technique and kicking with an emphasis on breathing, balance and having fun. Swimmers are also introduced to relays, turns, the clock, drills and basic water safety. To enter this group, athletes should be able to:
· Listen and follow directions without being disruptive.

· Be comfortable with their face in the water and be able to blow bubbles underwater.
· Be able to jump in and get to the side out of their depth.
· ‘Swim’ 15 yds any style.

As they progress, swimmers will improve stroke technique, kicking and the development of good training habits. Athletes swim longer distances, applying skills with more fluidity and confidence. Swimmers can also begin to attend meets for training and practice.
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Bronze, Silver & Gold: Competitive*

Ages 9-18yrs

As athletes move into competitive training groups the workouts become more challenging. There is a consistent emphasis on technique as well as building stamina. Athletes are introduced to more complex sets and start to generate ownership of their sport. Swimmers begin to understand the importance of setting personal goals and maintaining a supportive team environment. This level of training is for committed athletes. The workouts are challenging and there is an emphasis on goal-setting for personal growth. All swimmers are expected to attend dryland and have time between the end of dryland and the beginning of practice to grab a snack and change for swimming. Technique continues to be foundational to the practice, yet drills become part of building stamina and speed. Swimmers need to be self motivated and ‘own’ swimming as their sport without parental pressure to attend either practice or meets. Personal Achievement, Team Unity and Competitive Excellence are the priorities at this level.
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