Watertown Aquatic Team focuses on offering training for swimmers age 5-18 of ALL ability levels.
The groups offered by WAT are used as a guideline to divide WAT into appropriate levels based on age and swim ability. It is our goal to help swimmers determine their goals and reach those goals. Group placement is NOT based on speed. Speed comes through technique improvement, which is the determining factor for group advancement.
COPPER – Formerly known as "Pre-Team", Copper is for our youngest (around 5-6 years old) swimmers who are not quite able to swim 25 yards of front stroke or back stroke. Pre-Team practices a few times a week for shorter durations due to the average age of the team. Pre-Team does NOT compete in any meets. Copper does need have a minimum required number of swimmers needed each season.
BRONZE – Swimmers are at practice approximately 3-5 hours per week. Swimmers should be able to swim 25 yards of freestyle and 25 yards of backstroke with relatively good form. The primary focus is teaching the swimmers the proper stroke technique while having fun. Kickboards and fins are used often for drills. 90/10 teaching/training. Bronze swimmers should expect to attend at least one meet per session.
SILVER – Swimmers practice 5-8 hours per week. Swimmers should be able to swim 50 yards of freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke and 25 yards of butterfly. Swimmers should also be able to perform a flip turn. The focus of the silver group shifts more to training. They use kickboards and fins for training and drills. 70/30 teaching/training. Silver swimmers should expect to attend around 3-4 meets per session.
GOLD – Swimmers practice approximately 8-10 hours per week. Swimmers should be able to swim 100 yards of freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke and 50 yards of butterfly. Swimmers should expect to perform flip turns throughout their practices. Focus is divided between training and teaching with a split of 50/50. Gold swimmers should expect to attend 3-4 meets per session.
PLATINUM – An invitation only group that practices an extra hour or two per week. Swimmers who have good work ethic and practice attendance and are the leaders of their team make up the Platinum group. Swimmers should be proficient in all the strokes and turns. The focus of this group is self-motivation and training. As leaders of WAT, Platinum swimmers should plan to attend all meets offered.
DIAMOND – Formerly known as the “High School Swimmers”, these 14-18-year-old swimmers swim on Diamond during their high school off seasons. Diamond swimmers should expect to attend 3-4 meets per session.
SAPPHIRE – The Sapphire group is NEW to WAT. Sapphire swimmers are high school aged swimmers who spend the Fall or Winter season swimming with their high school teams and upon completion of that season return to WAT for the remaining weeks of the WAT session. Sapphire swimmers should expect to attend any meets available during their time with WAT.
Final level placement is determined by the coaches.
Hours listed above are the average time commitments for fall and winter sessions. Our goal is to have more hours available to swimmers during the summer session.
Meet Requirements for teams are listed on the registration information document available at the beginning of each session. Typically, the higher the group level, the more meets swimmers are expected to attend.
All levels (excluding Copper) are required to attend home meets.