The core of NKB is the competitive swim program. The focus is on long-term athlete development that progresses from Youth to Senior to Performance levels. Group placement within a progression through the competitive programming is based collectively on the factors of coachability, age, work ethic, attendance, and performance.
Ages used for placement are as of December 31 of the current swim season. This mirrors grade placement in schools to ensure swimmers maintain positive peer relationships throughout their swimming development.