PWAC TRAINING GROUPS:
The Rookies are a practice group within PWAC for kids’ who want to learn to swim competitively. The Rookies program is for swimmers who already have some basic swimming skills.
Swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards (the long way across the pool) across the pool with their face in the water without holding on to the side of pool. Swimmers must also be able to float on their back and kick for distance of 25 yards. They do NOT need to breathe rhythmically or know breaststroke or butterfly. The rookies are learning the foundations of each stroke.
The program is designed to introduce and prepare kids for competitive swimming by:
- Engaging kids in the sport of swimming at a young age
- Developing knowledge of proper mechanics and water safety
- Preparing swimmers to train by familiarizing swimmer with stroke specific drills & starts
For the beginner to the intermediate competitive swimmer. Group 1 is made up of swimmers that can perform all 4 competitive strokes legally and are able to follow direction. Group 1 goals are the same as the rookies at a more advanced level including the introduction of turns.
For the intermediate to advanced swimmer. Group 2 consists of swimmers that exhibit a high level of swimming and workout ability. These swimmers will be introduced to the concept of a “set”. (A set is a group of drills varying distance and speed over multiple laps.) Group 2 swimmers should be mature, dedicated, responsible, and dependable.
For the advanced swimmer. Athletes are usually required to be 14 years of age or older and physically prepared for distance swimming. This training group requires prior approval.