“WITHOUT STRUCTURE THERE CAN BE NO SUCCESS”

BILL FURNISS, BRITISH SWIMMING HEAD COACH

HAVING A CLEAR STRUCTURE ALLOWS SWIMMERS AND PARENTS TO KNOW WHERE THEY ARE AND HOW THEY CAN MOVE FORWARD

OUR AIM: IS TO CREATE A CLEAR PATHWAY AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL SWIMMERS OF ALL ABILITIES, WHICH IS SIMPLE TO UNDERSTAND FOR SWIMMERS AND PARENTS ALIKE

Squad Structure

Click on the link below for more information on each squad

 Squad sessions

Lane 1 Lane 2 Lane 3 Lane 4 Lane 5 Lane 6
Monday 6-7 pm Bronze Bronze Silver Silver Gold Gold
Monday 7-8 pm Swim squad Performance Performance Performance Elite perf Elite perf
Monday 8-9 pm Masters Masters Performance Performance Elite perf Elite perf
Wednesday 6-7 pm Gold Gold Swim squad Swim squad    
Wednesday 7-8 pm Masters Masters Elite perf Elite perf    
Wednesday 8-9 pm Performance Performance Elite perf Elite perf    
Thursday 6:30-7:30 am Masters Masters Masters Masters Masters Masters
Friday 7-8 pm Bronze Bronze Silver Silver Gold Gold
Friday 8-9 pm Swim squad Performance Performance Performance Elite perf Elite perf
Sunday 8-9 am Silver Gold Swim / Perf Elite perf Masters Masters
Sunday 9-9:30 am Elite perf          
  • In addition to the pool time, Performance and Elite performance have a land training session every Friday starting 7:00pm before their swim session at 8:00pm.
  • All swimmers are required on pool side 10 mins prior to their session to perform a pool side warm up.

Moving from Academy to Performance squad

When deciding whether to offer a swimmer a place in the Performance squad, the head coaches consider speed, technique, age, competitive experience and attitude in training.

At Performance level, training distances and expected speeds increase, so before they can be considered for a place swimmers would normally need to be able to swim:

100 m front crawl in a time of 1:35.00 or faster and 66 m front crawl in 1:00.00 or faster.

And to meet at least two of the following three standards:

66 m backstroke: 1:10.00 or faster
66 m breaststroke: 1:15.00 or faster
33 m butterfly: 30 seconds or faster

Swimming these times does not guarantee a place in the Performance squad, but is part of the minimum requirement for consideration.