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Training Groups

Team Santa Monica offers a progression of groups for all beginning skill levels for elementary age swimmers – from lessons to introductory training – up to advanced training for middle and high school aged swimmers and a high performance elite training group for current or future collegiate and professional swimmers. Furthermore, our age-specific and developmentally appropriate programs for all of our athletes is geared towards challenging and developing each individual. Whether the goal is to learn to swim at a young age, improve and maintain a love of competitive swimming through age group years or to compete at the highest, local, regional or national level, TSM has a program to help achieve your goal.

 


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Equipment for all TSM Competitive Training Groups: water bottle, training snorkel, fins, pull buoy, TSM cap, TSM apparel for on deck and practice and meets, goggles, mesh equipment bag.


SEALS
This is the first level above our Swim lessons program at Team Santa Monica and is for swimmers 12 and younger. In this group, swimmers refine the stroke techniques developed as part of a learn-to-swim or pre-competitive program and introduce competitive training principles. Seals swimmers are asked to attend at least two sessions per week, and can swim more sessions if they wish.

Moving up to Otters: A swimmer attends at least 3 Seals practices per week, attend 1 swim meet a month, achieves defined stroke technique targets, has a USA Swimming time from a meet in each competitive stroke, has coaches' approval and has successfully enjoyed a 2-week trial period with the Otters group.

 

Required equipment: mesh bag, water bottle, kickboard, long fins, buoy, SPEEDO bullet head snorkel, TSM cap, goggles

 

High School Prep
This group is designed for swimmers 13 and older. The training is geared towards older athletes that are interested in keeping in shape and would like to make their high school swim team. This group is also less demanding and will give those swimmers that are involved in other sports or after school activities an opportunity to continue swimming without the added pressure of making more practices or attending meets. High School Prep swimmers are asked to attend at least two sessions per week, and can swim more sessions if they wish.

Move up process: The next level after High Scholl Prep is the JO group. In order for a swimmer to move up to the JO group from HSP, swimmers need to attend at least 5 practices a week, attend all swim meets, have times in all IMR events (13, 14, 15, 16, 17, & 18-year olds: 200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, 200 IM), and be able to complete JO practices for a month.

Required equipment: mesh bag, water bottle, kickboard, long fins, buoy, SPEEDO bullet head snorkel, TSM cap, goggles

 

OTTERS

This group is for swimmers 12 and younger. In this group swimmers continue to further refine their stroke technique while increasing their fitness and developing correct training habits. The distance covered and difficulty of training session increases. Interval training is introduced. Members of this group should attend a minimum of three training sessions each week and attend 1 swim meet a month.

 

Moving up to Hammerheads: A swimmer attends at least 4 Otters practices per week, achieves 3 SoCal "Red" times, completes the IMR events for the swimmer's age group, has coaches' approval and has successfully enjoyed a 2-week trial period with the Hammerheads group.

 

Required equipment: mesh bag, water bottle, kickboard, long fins, buoy, SPEEDO bullet head snorkel, TSM cap, goggles

 

HAMMERHEADS

In this group, continual emphasis is placed on developing stroke technique at a more advanced level. The training sessions are structured so that swimmers have the opportunity to further increase their fitness and learn to cope with elementary endurance training in preparation for progression to the Club's higher groups. Goal setting is introduced with J.O. qualification becoming a future target. Members of this group should attend a minimum of four training sessions each week and attend 1 swim meet a month.

 

Moving up to Junior Olympic: A swimmer attends at least 5 Hammerheads practices per week, achieves 2 SoCal Championship meet (JAG or JO) cuts, completes the IMX events for the swimmer's age group, demonstrates mastery of all four Test Sets for Junior Olympic move-up, has coaches' approval and has successfully enjoyed a 2-week trial period with the Junior Olympic group.

 

Required equipment: mesh bag, water bottle, kickboard, long fins, buoy, SPEEDO bullet head snorkel, TSM, goggles

 

JUNIOR OLYMPIC
This training group – primarily for middle-school and junior-high age swimmers – facilitates the exploration of and lays a technical and training foundation for a possible future swimming career (collegiate and/or professional). For these athletes, swimming is one of (if not the only one of) their primary athletic pursuits. They aim to compete successfully at J.O.’s and eventually qualify for Sectionals and/or advance to the National Development Group. Junior Olympic group swimmers are expected to train a minimum of six sessions per week

 

Moving up to National Development: A swimmer attends at least 7 practices per week, achieves 3 SoCal Championship meet (JAG or JO) cuts in the 13-14 age group (or, if older, own age group), demonstrates mastery of at least 4 out of 8 Test Sets for National Development move-up, has coaches' approval and has successfully enjoyed a 2-week trial period with the National Development group.

 

Required equipment: pull buoy, fins, training snorkel, roller.

 

NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

This group is for girls minimum 12 and older and boys minimum 13 and older who exhibit a high level of swimming and training ability. Swimming for TSM is their primary athletic activity. Generally, they have a skill level corresponding with JO finalists or young Sectional qualifiers. Swimmers in the National Development Group are expected to make a commitment to attend 6, 7 or 8 sessions each week (depending on age & specialty event). They must be able to attend all the sessions required by their individual training plan. Entry to this group will be dependent on the athletes’ long term commitment to high performance swimming, the coaching staff’s assessment of suitability, and their parents’ consent.

 

Required equipment: pull buoy, fins, training snorkel, roller, Thera Band.

  

NATIONAL GROUP

This group is for TSM's top level swimmers. They should have demonstrated a skill level corresponding with that needed to eventually compete successfully at the Sectional and National Championship level. Swimmers in the TSM National group make a commitment to attend 8-10 sessions each week (depending on age & specialty event). They must be able to attend all the sessions required by their individual training plan. 

Entry to this group will be dependent on the athletes’ long term commitment to high performance swimming, the coaching staff’s assessment of suitability, and their parents’ consent. 

 

Required equipment: pull buoy, fins, training snorkel, roller, Thera Band.