This page provides the coaches aims for teaching our children, and the growth as they progress through the club...

Teaching Aims for Swimmers

SMALL POOL 

1.  First Group - 30 Minute Sessions

  • Push and glide supine position face in the water, with no aids
  • Rotate from front and back in a floating position, in a relaxed manner
  • Kicking 5M on the FRONT and BACK, using an alternating action streamline, with no aids
  • Kicking 5M on FRONT, using a simultaneous action with floats
  • Travelling on front for 5M with a Front Crawl action, arms coming over the top of the water with breathing 
  • Travelling on FRONT and BACK for 5M with a backstroke action, with arms coming over the top of the water and toes pointed
  • Travelling on FRONT for 5M with a breaststroke action
  • Submerge completely for 5 seconds in 0.9M of water

2.  Second Group - 45 Minute Sessions 

  • Push and glide prone position face in the water, with no aids
  • Jump into the water min depth 1.0 metres with confidence and unsupported
  • Pick an object up off the pool floor with no hesitation and eye opening a depth of 1.8 metres
  • Kicking on FRONT and BACK for 5m in a streamline position with face in for 10 metres, no aids
  • Swim 10 metres FRONT and BACK action, arms coming over and breathing to the side every 3 pulls
  • Swim 10 metres BREASTSTROKE with arms and legs in a simultaneous action breathing on every pull
  • Be confident at floating on front, back, mushroom and rolling over
  • Introduce a Dolphin action on front or back
  • Introduce to Deep water 1.93 metres

MAIN POOL

 

1.   First Group - 1.8 Metre Depth

 

  • Push and glide with good streamline position, front and back
  • Pencil jump with confidence
  • Sculling feet first and head first
  • Kicking in a streamline position for 10 metres on front (Torpedoes)
  • Kicking in a streamline position for 10 metres on back (Torpedoes)
  • Introduce treading water
  • Swim 25 Metres Front-Crawl with bilateral breathing
  • Swim 25 Metres on Backstroke, streamline position with regular breathing
  • Swim 25 Metres on Breaststroke regular breathing and feet turned out
  • Introduce Butterfly arms to legs
  • Introduce to Tumble turns

2.   Second Group - 1.8M Depth + Main Pool (25M) 1.43-1.93M Depth

 

  • Head first surface dive and feet first surface dive
  • Introduction to diving
  • Introduction to swimming lengths
  • Front crawl tumble turns
  • Breaststroke Turns
  • Treading water for 1 minute
  • Swim 50 Metres Front Crawl with bilateral breathing
  • Swim 50 Metres on Backstroke, streamline position regular breathing and efficient leg action
  • Swim 50 Metres on Breaststroke regular breathing and feet turned out
  • Swim 25 Metres on Butterfly
  • Begin swimming in competition galas when 8 Years and over
  • Opportunities to enter all day Open Meets when 9 Years and over

MAIN POOL

 

1.  Group 4 - 25M Pool

  • Building to distance with correct technique
  • Undertstanding the turn around times and implement (using the clock)
  • Reaction times for speed
  • Basic understanding of the feel and the catch
  • Swimming 1100 to 1800 metres per session, 4 times per week
  • Work on all 4 strokes for technique
  • Work on speeds and turns
  • Achieve competitive starts award
  • To use different equipment
To cover and understand
  • Pacing sets
  • Stamina work
  • Distances work
  • Endurance sets
  • Sprint sets

2.  Group 3 - 25M Pool

  • To be confident and ambitious
  • Swimming at District Level up to County standard
  • To work on Speed, Strength and Stamina
  • Swimming 1800 to 2400 metres per session, 4 times per week
  • To think about what competitions you would like to enter
  • Understanding rules for competitions (example, DQ)
  • To work hard at advanced drills
  • Keep a record of your PB times
  • To know how many arm pulls it takes to swim 25 metres in each stroke.
To improve on...
  • Pacing sets
  • Stamina work
  • Distances work
  • Endurance sets
  • Sprint sets

3.  Group 2 - 25M Pool

  • To be confident and ambitious
  • Understanding rules for competitions
  • Swimming at District Level up to County standard
  • To work on Speed, Strength and Stamina
  • To work hard at advanced drills
  • Swimming 2800 to 3200 metres per session, 4 times per week
  • To work on all 4 strokes for technique
To understand and implement
  • Pacing work
  • Distances work
  • Endurance sets
  • Sprint sets
  • Skills (Tumble turns and dives)
  • Record progress

 

4.  Top Group - 25M Pool

  • Swimming at County Level, up to National (depending on ability)
  • To be confident and ambitious
  • Understanding that when racing, the aim is to win
  • Swimming 2800 to 3200 metres per session, 4 times per week
Covering....
  • All Strokes - technique
  • Pacing work
  • Stamina work
  • Distances work
  • Endurance Sets
  • Advanced Drills
  • Skills (Tumble turns, diving)
  • Keeping a personal progress report.