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Practice Groups

OSSSC offers 5 practice groups to our swimmers. To assist with the selection of the most appropriate group for your swimmer, please consider the group descriptions below. 

Please note, however, that the final group assignment will be made by the coaches once they have observed all the swimmers in the pool. 




Group 1:

  • Comfortable in a 25m pool and able to tread in deep water
  • Able to swim 15m continuously on back and front safely
  • ​Able to follow Coaches instructions during practices and at swim meets.


Group 2:

  • Comfortable in 25m pool and deep end
  • Able to swim 25m back and front safely
  • Willing to learn Breast stroke, Butterfly, Starts and Turns


Group 3:

  • Able to swim 50m Freestyle continuously, with bilateral breathing every third and fifth stroke
  • Able to swim 50m Backstroke with proper head and body position
  • Able to swim 50m Breaststroke  (working to improve basic breaststroke)
  • Able to swim 25m Butterfly (learning stroke)
  • Looking to improve Starts and Turns


Group 4:

  • Able to swim 100m Freestyle, Breaststroke and Backstroke
  • Able to swim 50 Butterfly (basic stroke technique)
  • Knows proper technique for Starts and Turns


Group 5:

  • Proficient in all strokes
  • Looking to work on small details of technique
  • Knows proper technique for Starts and Turns


Additionally, a swimmer’s age will also be taken into consideration, to ensure that socially they are placed in an appropriate group.