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Training Levels

Bronze Level Group:

Description: In order to be eligible for Bronze swimmers MUST be able to swim 25 yards freestyle.  Swimmers MUST also be able to attempt a 25-yard backstroke and breaststroke.  The backstroke and the breaststroke do NOT have to be legal, but the swimmers should have an understanding of what the coach means when he/she is asked to attempt to swim those strokes.  Bronze swimmers work to become swim meet-ready, meaning their strokes are legal.  Also, they are preparing to swim 50s of all the strokes (back, breast, fly, free) in meets, the 100 free, and 100 IM.  Swimmers will also have up to 60 minutes of dryland 3 days a week. This group is usually one of the largest groups on the team. To ensure that athletes can receive the attention and direction they need to improve, they are split into Lower and Upper Bronze.

Required Equipment: Kick board and fins.

  • Lower Bronze: Practice will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for 60 minutes.  At this stage swimmers are working to get ready for meets in hopes that by the end of the short course season they can compete in at least a couple of events to “get their feet wet” in the meet environment.
  • Upper Bronze: Practice will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for 1 hour.  It is recommended that swimmers participate in at least 1 swim meet during the season.

 

Silver Level Group:

Description: To be eligible for Silver swimmers MUST be able to complete a 100-yard freestyle.  In addition, you MUST be able to complete a 50 backstroke, a 50 breaststroke, and 25 butterfly legally.  Understand that legally does NOT mean perfect, we will continue to further critique and refine the swimmers’ strokes while trying to prepare them for the next training level.  Silver swimmers are preparing to swim 100s of all the strokes, 200 free and IM, as well as attempt the 500 free.  In addition, swimmers should try to complete either the IMR and/or IMX Challenge.  Swimmers will also have up to 60 minutes of dryland 5 days a week.

Required Equipment: Kick board, fins, and pull buoy.

Practice Times: M-F from 5-6pm with dryland M-F from 6-7pm

 

Gold Level Group: (Previous name was Silver Plus)

Description: To be eligible for Silver Plus swimmers must be able to complete 8x100 IM.  This prerequisite has no time requirement.  We are looking for consistency throughout the entire set.  A swimmer must maintain legal stroke technique to advance.  We want to ensure that the swimmer has not only the endurance to handle the rigors of Silver Plus but also that their stroke(s) do NOT deteriorate as the set goes on.  Proper stroke technique is critical when starting to build endurance.  Silver Plus swimmers are preparing to swim 200s of all the strokes, 500 free, and 400 IM, as well as attempt the 1000 free.  In addition, swimmers should try to complete the IMX Challenge.  Swimmers will also have up to 60 minutes of dryland 5 days a week.

Required Equipment: Kick board, fins, pull buoy, and Finis Snorkel in a mesh swim bag.

Practice Times: M-F from 6-7:30pm and Saturdays when available from 7-8:30am & Dryland workouts are M-F from 5-6pm

 

Junior Team: (Previous name was Gold group)

Description: To be eligible for Gold swimmers must be able to complete 8x200 IM.  This prerequisite has no time requirement.  We are looking for consistency throughout the entire set.  A swimmer must maintain legal stroke technique to advance.  We want to ensure that the swimmer has not only the endurance to cope with the rigors of Gold but also that their stroke(s) do NOT deteriorate as the set goes on.  Proper stroke technique is critical in continuing to build endurance.  Constant stroke refinement is necessary for a swimmer’s success; at this level, we will begin to concentrate on bio-mechanics and race strategy.  Swimmers in Gold should be able to swim all events at meets. In addition, swimmers should try to complete the IMX Challenge.  Swimmers will also have up to 60 minutes of dryland 5 days a week.

Required Equipment: Kick board, fins, pull buoy, Finis Snorkel, hand paddles, 3 tennis balls, and a pair of zoomers (optional)

Practice Times: M-F from 6-8pm and Saturdays when available from 7-9am & Dryland practices are M-F from 5-6pm

 

Senior Team: (Previous name was Elite group)

Description: This is the highest level of the Club.  To be in the Elite Level, you must be able to complete 4x200 IMS on a 3:15 interval and 4x200 free on a 2:45 interval. You must also be able to kick 5x100s on a 2:00 interval or faster.  Here, our focus is on training swimmers to perform at various high-level meets.  Constant stroke refinement is necessary for a swimmer’s success; at this level, we further focus on bio-mechanics and race strategy.  Swimmers in elite should be able to swim all events and to complete the IMX Challenge.  Swimmers will also have up to 60 minutes of dryland 5 days a week.

Required Equipment: Kick board, fins, pull buoy, Finis Snorkel, hand paddles, 3 tennis balls, and a pair of zoomers (optional)

Practice Times: M-F from 6-8pm, Saturdays when available from 9-11am, and M/W/F mornings from 5:45-7am & Dryland practices are M-F from 5-6pm

Practice times will change for the Senior Team during high school and middle school seasons

 

**Varsity Team: (Previous Name was High School Drop In)

Description:  This is essentially the same group as the Senior Team, but offers a reduced rate to account for the 4-month varsity season where the swimmers will be practicing with their High School and not with the aqua club.

How it Works: Once a swimmer reaches high school they will automatically qualify for placement in the Senior Team level. Once the High School season starts, Varsity swimmers will practice with their varsity school team thus this group is simply a discounted rate of the Senior Team that reduces the cost for the 4 months that this group of swimmers will swim with their Varsity High School, and not with the Club practice times.  This group is permitted to participate in the dryland practices, practice with the Elite Group from 6-8PM when needed (if they miss a high school practice, ect), and continue to sign up for Club meets during the varsity season period (Coach Approved).

Required Equipment: Kick board, fins, pull buoy, Finis Snorkel, hand paddles, 3 tennis balls, and a pair of zoomers (optional)

Practice Times: M-F from 3-5pm, Saturdays when available from 7-9am, M/W/F mornings from 5:45-7am & Dryland practices are M-F from 5-6pm

Practice times will change for the Senior Team during high school and middle school seasons