Swim Academy

Lead Coach: Polly Mullen
Teaching National Plan for Teaching Swimming Stages 5-7. Swimmers will be taught the FUNdamentals of swimming in an enjoyable environment.

Age Range: 6-9 years (guideline)
Sessions: 1 or 2 x per week
Competitions: Club championships and novice galas (Stage 7)
Equipment Needed: Working goggles, Penguins swimming hat.

 

Junior Club

Lead Coach: Polly Mullen
Swimmers will improve stroke technique and aquatic skills, whilst enjoying swimming for fitness.

Age Range: 10-14 years (guideline)
Sessions: 1 x per week
Competitions: Club championships and novice galas
Equipment Needed: Working goggles, Penguins swimming hat and short fins.

 

Development 1 Squad

Lead Coach: Josh Jobbins

Swimmers will learn all four strokes correctly and learn starts, turns and finishes. This is when swimmers are introduced to competition in some galas and introductory open meets.

Age Range: 8-10 years (guideline)
Sessions: 2 x per week
Competitions: Club championships, novice/development galas, junior galas and level 4 and level 3 open meets.
Equipment Needed: Water bottle, working goggles, Penguins swimming hat, short fins, kickboard and pull buoy.

To move up to Development 2: swim 200m front crawl under 4mins 40 sec, 75m timed kick.

 

Development 2 Squad

Lead Coach: Josh Jobbins

Swimmers will learn all four strokes correctly and learn starts, turns, finishes and begin to learn Individual Medley swimming. This is when swimmers are introduced to competition in some novice galas and introductory open meets.

Age Range: 8-11 years (guideline)
Sessions: 3 x per week
Competitions: Club championships, novice/development galas, junior galas and level 4 and level 3 open meets.
Equipment Needed: Water bottle, working goggles, Penguins swimming hat, short fins, kickboard and pull buoy. A snorkel is optional (a nose clip may be useful).

To move up to Development 3: swim 400m front crawl under 8mins 40 sec, 75m kick under 2 mins and swim a legal 100m Individual Medley.

 

Development 3 Squad

Lead Coach: Josh Jobbins

Swimmers will learn all four strokes correctly and learn starts, turns, finishes and continue to learn Individual Medley swimming This is when swimmers are introduced to competition in some galas and introductory open meets.

Age Range: 9-12 years (guideline)
Sessions: 3 x per week
Competitions: Club championships, Cotswold League, novice/development galas, junior galas and a range of events at level 4 and level 3 open meets.
Equipment Needed: Water bottle, working goggles, Penguins swimming hat, short fins, kickboard, pull buoy and snorkel.

To move up to Development 3: swim 400m front crawl under 8mins 40 sec, 75m kick under 2 mins and swim a legal 100m Individual Medley.
To move up to (Bronze Development) Age Group Development: swim 800m front crawl under 16mins, 75m kick under 1 min 45 sec and swim a legal 100m Individual Medley.
To move up to Age Group Club: 11 or 12 years old and coach’s decision.

 

Age Group Club

Lead Coach: Josh Jobbins
Swimmers will improve stroke technique and aquatic skills, whilst enjoying swimming for fitness.

Age Range: 11-14 years (guideline)
Sessions: 3 x per week
Competitions: Club championships, Cotswold League, novice/development galas, junior galas and a range of events at level 4 and level 3 open meets.
Equipment Needed: Water bottle, working goggles, Penguins swimming hat, short fins, kickboard, pull buoy and snorkel

To move up to Youth Club: 13 or 14 years old and coach’s decision.


Bronze Development (Age Group Development)

Lead Coach: David Cousins
Swimmers are coached to improve all their technical abilities. These Age Group swimmers gain county times in a range of competitions. Swimmers begin to learn physical training habits, tactical awareness and further their knowledge and understanding of how to train effectively and perform. There will be an introduction to land training, pre pool warm up and post pool stretching.

Age Range: 10-13 years (guideline)
Sessions: 4 x per week
Competitions: Club championships, expected to enter 4 x level 3 open meets, county championships, National Arena League, Cotswold League and club galas. We expect swimmers in this squad to enter 6 open meets per year i.e. 5 open meets and county championships.
Equipment Needed: Water bottle, working goggles, spare goggles, Penguins swimming hat, short fins, kickboard, pull buoy and snorkel. Resistance bands and foam rollers will be required for pre and post pool training.

To move up to (Bronze) Age Group Competitive: swim 1,200m front crawl under 22mins, timed 75m kick and swim a legal 200m Individual Medley with all splits recorded.

 

Bronze Development (Age Group Competitive)

Lead Coach: Andrej Baranovskij
Swimmers are coached to improve all their technical abilities. These Age Group swimmers gain county and some regional times in a range of competitions. Swimmers continue to learn pre-pool training habits, tactical awareness and further their knowledge and understanding of how to train effectively and perform. There will be land training, pre pool warm up and post pool stretching.

Age Range: 11-14 years (guideline)
Sessions: 6 x per week
Competitions: Club Championships, expected to enter 4 x level 1 or level 3 open meets, county championships, regional championships, National Arena League, and club galas. Swimmers in this squad are expected to enter 6 open meets per year i.e. 4 open meets, county championships and regional championships.
Equipment Needed: Water bottle, working goggles, spare goggles, Penguins swimming hat, short fins, kickboard, pull buoy, hand paddles and snorkel. Resistance bands and foam rollers will be required for pre and post pool training.

To move up to Youth 1: swim 1,500m front crawl under 25mins, timed 75m kick and swim a legal 200m Individual Medley in under 3 mins 15 secs with all splits recorded. Also, training behaviours and attendance will be part of the consideration to move up.


Youth Club

Lead Coaches:
Swimmers will improve stroke technique and aquatic skills, whilst enjoying swimming for fitness.

Age Range: 13-18 years (guideline)
Sessions: 3 x per week
Competitions: Club championships, level 3 open meets, Cotswold League and club galas.
Equipment Needed: Water bottle, working goggles, Penguins swimming hat, short fins, kickboard, pull buoy and snorkel.

To move up to Masters: 18 years old.

 

Youth 1 / Youth Competitive 1

Lead Coaches: Josh Jobbins

This squad of swimmers aged 13-15 years old is for Youth swimmers gaining county and some regional times. Swimmers will be working on training all major energy systems while peaking for targeted events throughout the season. These swimmers complete pre and post pool training and progress their technical, tactical and psychological understanding of how to prepare effectively, train and perform.

Age Range:13-15 years (guideline)
Sessions: 6 x per week
Competitions: Club Championships, expected to enter 4 x level 1 or level 3 open meets, county championships, regional championships, National Arena League, and club galas. Swimmers in this squad are expected to enter 6 open meets per year i.e. 4 open meets, county championships and regional championships.
Equipment Needed: Water bottle, working goggles, Penguins swimming hat, short fins, kickboard, pull buoy, hand paddles and snorkel. Resistance bands and foam rollers will be required for pre and post pool training.

To move up to Youth 2: gain multiple county times and some regional consideration times, complete a test set of 10x100m IM on 1min 50sec, 75m kick under 1min 20sec, and a combined time for 200m IM plus 200m FC.

 

Youth 2 / Youth Competitive 2

Lead Coaches: Jason Silcox

This squad is for Youth swimmers aged 14-18 years old gaining regional times. Swimmers will be working on training all major energy systems while peaking for targeted events throughout the season. These swimmers complete pre and post pool training and further progress their physical, technical, tactical and psychological development in order to maximize their potential as performers. A commitment to training along with a positive attitude is an essential aspect of being part of this squad.

Age Range: 14-18 years (guideline)
Sessions: 6 x per week
Competitions: Club championships, expected to enter 4 x level 1 or level 3 open meets, county championships, regional championships, National Arena League, and club galas. Swimmers in this squad are expected to enter 6 open meets per year i.e. 4 open meets, county championships and regional championships.
Equipment Needed: Water bottle, working goggles, Penguins swimming hat, short fins, kickboard, pull buoy, hand paddles and snorkel. Resistance bands and foam rollers will be required for pre and post pool training.

To maintain place in Youth 2: gain multiple county times and some regional consideration times, complete a test set comprising of: 10x100m IM on 1min 50sec, 75m kick under 1min 20sec, a combined time for 200m IM plus 200m FC and 3x75m FC = 200m FC pb time.

 

Masters

Lead Coach: Andrej Baranovskij
This squad is for 18 year olds and older. It is a great squad for those who want to maintain fitness, whilst some swimmers choose to compete for the club in gala series such as the spring league.

Age Range:18 years and over
Sessions: 5 x per week
Equipment Needed: Water bottle, working goggles, Penguins swimming hat, short fins, kickboard, pull buoy and snorkel.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Whilst the assessment criteria clearly identify benchmark performance, all squad moves are based on the coach’s discretion.