Novice - Fundamentals & Advanced

Typical Ages: 6 + 


Novice groups can consist of children age six through twelve years of age.  We will do our best to

keep like aged swimmers together.


Description of our Novice Groups (Fundamentals & Advanced)


Fundamentals: Swimmers in the Fundamentals Novice group will learn all four competitive swimming

strokes through fun drills and games, they will begin to learn flip turns, and learn how to dive in a safe &

progressive method.  There are two Fundamental groups with the difference being age of athlete in each

group (see below).


Novice Fundamentals A: 9 & under athletes


Novice Fundamentals B: 10 & over athletes


Advanced: Swimmers in the Advanced Novice group will continue to learn and improve all four of the

competitive strokes while working on their stamina and strength in the water.  They will continue to learn

starts and turns.  This group is meant to help prepare athletes for Age Group swimming and more racing!


Pre-Requisite Skills to join the Novice groups: 


Fundamentals: Ability to complete 25 yards of freestyle with rhythmic breathing and 25 yards of backstroke.  General knowledge of butterfly and breaststroke kicks (swimmers do not have to be able to legally swim butterfly/breaststroke to join the Novice group), comfort in all water depths, and being away from parents/guardians.


Advanced: Ability to complete 50 yards of freestyle and backstroke using rhythmic breathing/ ability to breathe laterally.  Ability swim 25 yards of breastroke and 25 yards dolphin kick.


Practice Attendance: 2 to 3 x 60-minute practices per week.


Practice attendance in our Novice groups is not mandatory.  We will always offer at least two-practices per week, but we understand that scheduling conflicts occur and we are flexible if you need a make-up practice on a different evening.


Always refer to the NOVICE PRACTICE CALENDAR for up to date practice times 


Basic Practice Schedule



  • Fundamentals A (9&under) swims Monday/Wednesday from 6-6:45 PM
  • Fundamentals B (10+) swims Tuesday/Thursday from 6-6:45 PM


  • Advanced A swims Monday/Wednesday from 7-8 PM
  • Advanced B swims Tuesday/Thursday from 7-8 PM
  • Advanced A & B swim together on Fridays from 6-7 PM


Please always refer to the  NOVICE PRACTICE CALENDAR for up to date practice times and planned cancelations.


Advancement into next group: 


As always, all move-ups are under coach’s discretion.  Swimmers/Parents will be given formal progress reports at the end of each 10-week session; advancement recommendations will be made at this time.


* Please note that as a general rule we will never move a swimmer into AG-prep between the Fall & Winter sessions. Advancement will always happen beginning in April or September.


Fundamentals to Advanced:


For a swimmer to move-up from Novice Fundamentals to Novice Advanced the swimmer should have the ability to complete 50 yards of freestyle using rhythmic breathing (ability to breathe laterally) and 50 yards of backstroke. Ability to swim 25 yards of breastroke and 25 yards of dolphin kick. Ability to dive into the water from the edge of the pool. 


Advanced to Age Group 1 


For a swimmer to move-up from Novice Advanced to Age Group 1 they must be able to complete at least 100 yards of freestyle and backstroke using flip turns and streamlines as well as 50 yards of legal breaststroke and butterfly with the ability to perform a legal open turn.  Swimmers must be able to stay focused and engaged for the full 60 minutes before advancement into AG-1's 90 minute practices.  Novice Advanced swimmers and their families must show participation in offered swim meets before advancement to AG-1.  Final advancement is at the discretion of the Novice coach, and the Head Coach. 



Equipment: All necessary training equipment can be found and borrowed at practice.  We would like all of our swimmers to have their own pair of swim goggles as well as tight fitting, fitness oriented swimming suits.  Team practice suits and goggles can be purchased through Elsmore Aquatics on Piranhas Swim Club's team store.


Meet Attendance: 


Fundamentals: None - we DO NOT expect our Novice Fundamentals swimmers to compete. Fundamentals swimmers are learning to swim all four competitive strokes.*


Advanced: Novice Advanced swimmers will not have mandatory meet requirements, but meet attendance is a requirement once in Age Group-1.  Novice swimmers who show meet commitment will be given priority advancement to AG1.


* There are always two available meets for our Novice swimmers to attend during each 10-week session, please discuss meet participation with the Novice coaches.  Remember, we are in no rush to drop them into competition.  We want all of our Novice swimmers to feel comfortable with the sport of swimming before they compete.


2022 Dates to Remember


Upcoming 10-week Novice Session Dates


We offer three 10-week sessions per year in the Fall, Winter, and Spring.  We will always post well in advance the dates of each session.  


2022 Spring 10-week Session: April 11 - June 16, 2022


2022 Fall 10-week Session: Tentatively set for September 12 - November 17, 2022


Novice Coaches


Our coaches are here to help and answer any questions that may come up, never hesitate to reach out to your Novice Coach.


Jacquie Strebe - [email protected]

Jack Bowers - [email protected]


We want your swimming experience to be positive for the entire family!