The St. Bernard Swim Club has four swim groups in which swimmers are placed for the competition swimmers. Both age and ability are taken into consideration when placing a swimmer in a particular group. The grouping helps the coaches maximize their time with the swimmers and allows the swimmers to also learn from one another.
Blue Group (Generally swimmers 4 to 9 years of age)
The Blue group is the beginner group of swimmers for the Bluefins competitive team. These swimmers are generally in elementary school and are building towards becoming good overall swimmers. Some younger swimmers may be placed into this group if capable and some older swimmers who are new to swimming may be as well. The blue group practices for an hour, four days a week. These swimmers are not required to compete in meets.
Orange Group (Generally swimmers 6 to 10 years of age and older)
The Orange group is the intermediate group of Bluefins competitive swimmers. These swimmers have mostly mastered their strokes and are working on refining their strokes and buliding endurance. The Orange Group practices for one hour, five days a week. These swimmers are expected to swim in all meets.
Silver Group (Generally swimmers 8 years of age and above)
The Silver Group is the advanced group of swimmers for the Bluefins competitive team. These swimmers are generally in middle school. They are capable of performing all four competitive strokes easily and most have been swimming for at least a couple of years. A few younger swimmers may be placed in this group if capable. The Silver group practices one and a half hours a day, five days a week. These swimmers are required to swim in all meets.
Gold Group (Generally swimmers 11 years of age and above)
The Gold group is the senior group of swimmers for the Bluefins. These swimmers are the most experienced swimmers on the team and are expected to make a significant commitment to swimming. Addition to this group is by coach approval only and with a history of commitment. These swimmers are required to swim in all meets.