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Azura Florida Aquatics offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of Azura Florida Aquatics to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities.

Please call us at (954) 296-1434 to schedule a tryout, or Click Here to send us an email request for more information.

 

Bronze Group (7 & over)

The focus in the Bronze Group is on keeping the sessions fun so that kids will want to stay in the water year-round and develop a good feel for the water.  We stress fundamental swimming skills: sculling, turns, pacing, efficiency and “underwater works”.  There is no specialized training in one or two events.  Participation in other sports and activities is encouraged to enable a well-rounded athletic education.  All swimmers are encouraged to compete in the IM and middle-distance Freestyle events.  It is important to remind the parents and swimmers of the long-term benefits of developing good form.   Athletes are also encouraged to compete in meets assigned by the coaching staff.  Workouts are offered five days a week. Practice duration is one hour and a half.

There is no attendance requirement for this group, but athletes will improve more quickly, the more often they attend workout.

Goals of Bronze Group:

            Swim 100 IM legally

            Perform all turns and push-offs efficiently

            Perform race start and backstroke start effectively

            Begin to understand Florida Gold Coast time standards

            Athlete is motivated to listen to coaches and try to improve

            Courteous to other swimmers in pool

            Athletes know their attitude affects how they swim and how others around them swim

            Develop consistent practice attendance and meet attendance


 

 

 

Silver Group (9 & older)

From the Bronze group, athletes move into this group. Swimmers entering the Silver Group level are usually at least 9 years old and must complete the ’Goals of the Bronze Group’ highlighted above (or equivalent), plus three of the following five:

            10×50 @ 1:00

            8×25 @ 40 sec. IM order

            Swim under 1:30 in 100YD freestyle

            Swim under 1:50 in 100YD IM

            Kick 1×50 with fins under 50 sec.

Swimmers are competent in all four strokes and are continuously improving on the technique.  Training sessions are revolved around the individual medley and the introduction of race techniques.  Swimmers are expected to know and keep track of their individual times.  The “finer details” to stroke techniques are made on a more individual basis.  Athletes in the Silver group begin to set goals and understand commitment.

Workouts are offered six days a week.

There is no practice attendance requirement for this group, but the recommended attendance is 4 days a week to see improvement in stroke technique, comfort and feel of the water, and a bond with their teammates.

Practice duration is 2 hours.

Goals of Silver Group:

            Swim 400IM legally

            Race in every distance, every stroke available over duration of season

            Understand and begin to achieve Florida Gold Coast time standards

            Improve fluidity in turns and push-offs

            Improve dive and backstroke entry into water

            Begin learning how to manage effort and intensity through practice

            Learn and improve goal setting skills

            Improve on controlling attitude and focus within workout and understand that they affect teammates

            Create a core group of ’training friends’

            Sit with friends and teammates at swim meets

            Listen to coaches!

Competing at swim meets is highly encouraged at a rate of about once per month.


 

 

 

Gold Group (11 & older)

From the Silver group, athletes move into this group. The Gold group is for the advanced age group swimmers.  The minimum age is 11 years old.  Swimmers are able to swim all four strokes well and maintain good technique on low intensity interval sets.  Transition to race training along with technical training is made.  This group is designed to “launch” off of the technique base that has been laid down in the previous years.  A more equal emphasis is place on physiological training and technique work.  It is important that the technique learned in previous years not be permitted to deteriorate under increased training loads.  Swimmers are encouraged to meet higher attendance expectations, and are educated in time-management and goal setting.  Still, a great emphasis is placed on kicking; drills, starts and turns; we learn that hard work can be fun!

Minimum age for entry into this group is 11 years old. Requirements to enter the Gold Group, candidates should complete 6 of the following 7:

            Display intention of adhering to attendance requirement before moving into group

            Have knowledge and obtain Florida Gold Coast and USA Swimming time Standards (A, AA, JO, AAA)

            Racing history in every event available

            Show willingness to learn

            8×100 @ 1:30

            Under 2:30 in 200yd freestyle

            Kick 1×50 under :40 with fins

Workouts are offered six days a week. Four workouts a week is recommended as the minimum attendance.

Workout duration is two hours.

Competing at swim meets is highly encouraged at a rate of about 1-2 per month.

Goals of the Gold Group:

            Achieve Florida Gold Coast and USA Swimming time standards

            Qualify for championship meets with trials and finals (JOs, All Stars)

            Compete and place in relays at championship meets

            Achieve  minimum “A” standard in every stroke

            Continue to develop goal setting skills

            Improve proficiency in turns

            Use underwater fly kicking as a tool in racing

            Continue becoming more fluid in swimming (no splashing)

            Kick 50yd with fins under :40

            Begin to actively improve distance per stroke

            Learn leadership skills


 

 

 

Senior Group (14 & over or Sectionals Cut)

Senior Group is focused training athletes.  Swimmers in the Senior Group are expected to have all 4 strokes down.  While there still will be and emphasis on stroke perfection, the main emphasis will be geared towards aerobic training.

The Senior Group is designed to fine tune swimmers at the high school level and set them on track to obtain their goals.  Swimmers in the Senior Group program are still working on translating dry- land power into aquatic speed. Technique is the primary focus with speed, power and explosiveness playing large roles.

Practice is offered 8 times a week. Swimmers are strongly encouraged to attend all practices as skills and progressions build from one practice session to another.  An 80% attendance is strongly encouraged.

Swimmers entering the Senior Group program must be at least 14 years old and complete four of the following six:

            10×100@ 1:25

            8×50 @ 50 kick

            Swim under 1:05 in 100YD freestyle for girls/ 1.00 for boys

            Swim at the JOs or Sectionals level in at least one event

            Kick 1×50 under :30 with fins

         

Goals and Expectations for the Senior Group:

            Continue becoming more fluid in swimming (no splashing)

            Actively improve distance per stroke

            Translate power and athleticism developed in dry land training to speed in the water

            Learn leadership skills

            Swimmers will learn to actively monitor and improve their stroke technique

            Swimmer understands and takes responsibility for attendance and performance, work habits in practice and how these three relate to meet performance

            Strive to be in the Senior Elite Group

            Competition at swim meets is expected in this group.

 

 

 

Elite Group

The Elite Group is reserved for a special group of swimmers who are willing to commit to a very demanding training schedule in order to achieve their highest potential in competitive swimming. Swimmers in this group compete at the National and International level, making their national teams and pursuing college scholarships is their main goal.