Swim Groups

Durango Swim Club Swim Groups:

Swimmers are placed in groups based on ability and coaches discretion. We encourage parents to communicate with the coaches about their swimmer and gain an understanding of what is required and expected of each group.  Group practice times can be found on the Practice Times Tab and fees can be found on the Fee Schedule Tab.

Swimmers are moved into groups by the following prerequisites. However, it is ultimately up to the coaches to move kids to keep continuity within groups. I.E. 9-year-old may be physical capable to move into Gold, but not mentally mature enough for the added practice times.  



            Coach: Coach Brandon

            Time: Mon-Thurs 3:30-4:15

Prerequisites for group

  • Swim one length of the pool doing either backstroke or freestyle


  • swimmers will understand pool and swimming distances i.e. 25, 50 and 100 yards
  • swimmers will know how to circle swim to share the lane with other swimmers.
  • swimmers will understand the fundamental technique of each of the four strokes and be able to swim at least 25 yards of each stroke.
  • swimmers must be able to fully submerge their head and face under water
  • swimmers will understand diving into the pool from either the pool deck or the diving block

Equipment: Fins and goggles



            Coach: Coach Sarah

            Time: Mon-Thurs 3:30-4:30

Bronze members are exposed to a competitive and friendly atmosphere which enables children to become accountable for their training and have fun doing it. The Bronze group aims to teach the fundamentals of swimming, practice and competition etiquette as well as how to create a positive training environment for themselves and for their teammates.


Prerequisites for group

  • Swimmer should be proficient in freestyle and backstroke and be able to swim 50 yards of each stroke.
  • Swimmer must be comfortable submerging their head underwater.


  • stroke development in backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle and underwater dolphin kick
    • stroke development is accomplished through various drill progressions and kicking exercises
  • heavy emphasis on kicking in all variations
  • development in body awareness
  • swimming and lane etiquette
  • development of starts and turns

Equipment: Fins and goggles



Coach: Coach Sarah

Time: Mon-Thurs 4:30-6:00 (Under coach discretion when planning to move kids into gold a Friday may be recommended)

Silver group swimmers focus on the development of all strokes with emphasis on kicking and being able to independently perform workouts.



  • Middle school aged swimmers or by showing proficiency in all strokes.
  • Swimmers must be able to complete a 15-minute non-stop swim.


  • swimmers will able to understand and perform various drills for all 4 strokes
  • swimmers will be able to perform flip turns for freestyle and backstroke and correct 2 hand touch turns for butterfly and breaststroke.
  • swimmers will successfully be able to dive from the diving blocks and perform a backstroke start from in the water.
  • swimmers will learn how to read the pace clock
  • swimmers will begin to be introduced to learning their best times in each event.

Required equipment: Fins, goggles



Coach: Coach Brandon/Coach Sarah

Time: Mon-Thurs 4:00-6:00, Fri 4:00-5:45, Sat 8:00-9:30 (Optional)

This group will begin to teach the athletes that they are leaders at the pool. They have a strong desire to improve their swimming and begin to set the example through their work ethic.

To move into the gold group swimmers must be able to accomplish these sets:

  • 5x100IM @ 2:15
  • 8x100 free @ 2:00
  • Emphasis still on foundations of technique
  • Beginning to develop aerobic capacity
  • It is recommended that gold team attends Friday and/or Saturday practices to move up.
  • Recommended to swim at least one meet per season (I.E. Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer)

Required equipment: Goggles, fins.



Coach: Coach Brandon
Time: Mon-Thurs 4:15 (dryland)-6:30, Fri 4:00-5:45, Sat 8:00-10:30, Tues/Thurs Morning 5:30-7:10 AM

This group is for dedicated athletes. They know that they are leaders on and off the pool and will act as such. They set the example for attendance and work ethic and will lead the team at championship meets.

To move into the Senior group swimmers must be able to handle the intense training associated with senior swimming:​

  • It is recommended that swimmers above the age of 14 attend at least 90% of practices (8 offered during the week= 7 practices including mornings or 5 if you are unable to make mornings).
  • Swimmers under the age of 14 need to come to at least 5 practices per week.
  • Strong emphasis on aerobic development and thought out training plans for individuals.

Required equipment: Goggles, fins