*The following developmental groups range from advanced ability to beginner swimmers. These groups are different than the USAS groups in the fact that they do not require USA swimming membership and only meet 2 nights per week during the fall, winter and spring sessions. Swimmers in developmental groups must register as USA swimming members if they wish to compete in USA sanctioned meets.
Session 1 March 12 - May 10 (No Lesson March 26 & 28, Spring Break)
Developmental - Blue
The most advanced developmental group will focus on refining stroke techniques and will be geared towards preparing swimmers for higher levels of competitive swimming. Some interval training will be introduced at this level. Blue group is ideal for any intermediate/advanced swimmer who wishes to maintain skills but cannot make a commitment to more practice time each week.
- Ability to swim 100 yards without stopping
- Ability to use pace clock appropriately
- Ability to perform each stroke near or at a “legal” level of proficiency
- Understanding of starts/turns for each stroke
- Ability to self-guide through sets without full reliance on coaches
Developmental – Red
Red group swimmers will focus on refining all four strokes to a proficient level. Competition based stroke rules will guide the instruction for this group. Practices in the red group will consist primarily of stroke technique improvement and introductory interval training familiarization. Red group is ideal for an intermediate level swimmer who wishes to improve stroke technique and maintain a baseline of conditioning.
- Ability to swim 50 yards at a time without stopping
- Ability to gauge/maintain pace through small interval sets
- Basic understanding of pace clock
- Basic understanding of specific components of each stroke (i.e. body positions, kicks, timing of arm and leg movements)
Developmental – White
The third tier developmental group will be comprised of swimmers who are not fully proficient in all strokes, but are able to swim 25 plus yards repetitively. This group’s focus will be primarily on improving technique in all competitive strokes and improving on areas of specific weakness. Other areas of focus will include wall/starting block shallow dive technique, flip turn and open turn techniques, breath holding while swimming the strokes, underwater kicking in streamline position and use of training aids such as kickboards, pull buoys, fins, and pace clocks.
- Ability to swim 50 yards with minimal break at the 25 yard wall.
- Comfortable with holding breath underwater for 10 seconds while swimming.
- Basic understanding of all four strokes (can perform basic differentiation between each stroke)
- Ability to practice for 60 minutes.