NEW Learn 2 Race and Development Squad

Young swimmers can train to race with our Club from age 7 if they have passed Stage 5 and are working on Stage 6-7 of the Swim England Learn to Swim programme. They have maybe competed at our Minnows, Junior White Cliffs or the Dover Schools Galas, often having won medals or shown great potential for Competitive Swimming or a desire to 'race'.

Swimmers will firstly begin in the Learn 2 Race Squad - Minnows and Dolphins (11 and under), moving up to the Development Squad 12+ and then onto the Competitive Squad 12+.

The Learn 2 Race programme is primarily designed to encourage children to stay interested in swimming whilst continuing their Learn to Swim training.  Racing is fantastic to keep fit, and is suited to children who would like to learn to race at a young age, use their techniques in Club in-house galas, even if they do not wish to compete in external competitions.  However, it is likely with their training that they would develop a keen interest in swimming competitively and joining our Development or Competitive Squads in the future. The training focuses on improving technique in all four strokes.

 
With ongoing assessment by the coaches, the children will typically 'move up' when they meet the assessment criteria for this group, are deemed age ready and would fit in with the next Squad Group. They will also need to show a good attitude to training both in terms of effort and behaviour.
 
Swimmers reaching 12 years or 12 year olds coming from outside the Club will be given a Main Pool Development Squad trial to determine whether a squad place is suitable and available to them.
 
In this group, technique work is still fundamental, with the addition of stamina work and main pool experience.  They will begin to develop the skills for 'starts' and 'turns', including shallow end diving in order for them to complete the Swim England Competitive Starts Awards to enable them to use 'diving' starts at Development Galas and beyond.

 

Progression

It is at the coaches discretion when any movement takes place and is carried out in consultation with the Head coach.  Please be reassured that no child is ever held back or overlooked and all decisions are made taking into account each individual's welfare and best interest. We have many years experience of dealing with this process and would urge you to trust this process and not to be in a great hurry to bypass this most important stage of their swimming development. 

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All swimmers/parents please check this area on a regular basis or facebook for latest messages or live results of galas. 

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