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Swimming Guidelines

Approximate practice hours

  • Mini-Marlins 1 – 1 hour per week
  • Mini-Marlins 2 – 1 ½ hours per week
  • Mini-Marlins 3 – 2 hours per week
  • White – 3 hours per week
  • White + (Juniors) – 5 to 7 hours per week
  • Blue (Intermediate) – 7 to 9 hours per week
  • Blue + and Red (Seniors) – 12+ hours per week

Individualization

Because every athlete grows at a different rate, matures differently, swims a different speed and is completely unique, it is important for training to reflect these differences. The coaching staff will strive to see that each athlete's training is as individualized as possible within a large group.

Training Guidelines

The coaching staff require all swimmers to bring a filled water bottle to every practice. Swimmers are not allowed to train without a water bottle. It is good to be a few minutes early for practice. If the coaches see a pattern of lateness developing, they will follow-up with the parents in order to find a positive solution.

Swimmers are always encouraged to complete all drills. However, if a swimmer is not feeling well or is experiencing "hurt pain", then he/she should sit out until she/he is feeling better.

Equipment

Swimmers require a swimsuit, goggles, RYMM t-shirt and swim cap to compete in meets.

Swimmers are encouraged to have one bathing suit for training and one for competing. It is a good idea for the swimmer to always rinse their bathing suit out with cold water after each practice. This will help the suit last longer.

Swimmers are encouraged to wear a swim cap. For training it doesn't matter if the cap is an RYMM cap. For meets, the swimmer must wear the RYMM cap. Swimmers must wear a club t-shirt at competitions.

Coaches may request swimmers to use training fins, paddles and pull-buoys. Check with your coach regarding the equipment you should purchase for your swimmer.