Wear Valley Association Swimming Club

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Squad Information

In some sports athletes decide upon their specialist areas quite early. For example gymnastics. However, swimming is a sport in which children are given the opportunity to continually practice a wide range of disciplines and only specialise when they reach a high level of competition. Wear Valley squad structure is built around this concept with the provision of lots of opportunities for fun and competition, but all geared in the long term toward competitive swimming. Within this structure we loosely follow the six stages of the Amateur Swimming Associations (“ASA”) swimmer pathway:

In this Pathway, the 6 stages are classified as:

  1. The FUNdamentals
  2. Swim Skills – Pre Competition
  3. Swim Skills – Skill Development
  4. Training 2 Train
  5. Training 2 Compete
  6. Training 2 Win

Minnows - Minnows Squad swimmers are in the FUNdamental stage of swimming, where learning new skills and activities should be both FUN and challenging. We also recommend that youngsters are given the opportunity to take part in a variety of sports to give them a greater vocabulary of physical skills. This also benefits their swimming as it will enhance their specific performance over the longer term. In the Minnow Squad our focus is on teaching our swimmers all 4 swimming strokes to ASA standards.

Equipment required:

  • Hat
  • Goggles
  • Fins
  • Pullbuoy
  • Kickboard
  • Water bottle

Training Time Table:

  • Tuesday 16:30 – 17:30
  • Wed 16:30 – 17:30
  • Total 2hrs training per week

Dolphins - Dolphin Squad swimmers are still primarily having FUN in the FUNdamental stage of swimming. In Dolphins Squad, swimmers will continue to focus on learning all 4 strokes and the basic laws of swimming. We start to encourage our Squad swimmers to enter competitions. We do this by running a number of internal development competitions. Some of the swimmers may be ready to represent our club in both our own Galas and Graded Galas (Level 4 Meets) ran by other clubs.

Training Time Table:

  • Wed 17:30 – 19:00
  • Thurs 17.00 – 18:30
  • Total 3 hours training per week

Juniors - Junior Squad is all about on Skill Development. The swimmers time in Junior squad generally coincides with the time in their life when they are physically at their peak for developing their motor skills. At this stage they learn and adapt physical skills quite quickly. It focuses on developing the swimmer’s aerobic capacity while at the same time maintaining technique. Good technique always improves the swimmers chance of overall success. Skill acquisition and building stamina should go hand in hand.

One point for parents to note: You should not be alarmed to see that girls are generally more advanced than boys at this stage.In addition to competitions attended at Dolphin Squad level some swimmers will also achieve qualifying times for County level competitions. We stress that chasing these qualifying times is not our objective and nor should it be the swimmers main aim. Not achieving this level is not a failure!! Swimmers will advance at different paces and parents must continue to support their children and help to keep swimming a fun activity.

Training Time Table:

  • Mon 16:30 – 18:30
  • Tues 17:30 – 19:30
  • Thurs 16:30 – 18:30
  • Friday 17:30 - 19:00
  • Sat 07:30 – 08:30
  • Total 8.30 hours training per week

Sharks (Top Squad) - Shark Squad Trains 6 times per week, including one early morning session Once members have progressed to this level within the club, regular training & gala attendance is expected. This is a competitive squad, with swimmers competing to district and regional level. This Squad is expected to train at least 4 times a week.The more experienced swimmers train eight to eleven hours every week.

Training Time Table:

  • Mon 16:30 – 18:30
  • Tues 17:30 – 19:30
  • Wed 16:30 – 18:30
  • Thurs 16:30 – 18:30
  • Fri 17:30 – 19:00
  • Sat 07:30 – 08:30
  • Total 10.5hrs training per week

Masters - Masters Squad. For swimmers aged 18 to 90+. A squad designed to allow ex age group competitors and fitness swimmers to keep swimming, training and competing. Masters can swim for fun or compete seriously at all levels.

Training Time Table:

  • Mon 19:30 – 20:30
  • Wed 19:30 – 20:30
  • Sat 07:30 – 08:30
  • Total 3.5hrs training per week