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Swim Groups

There are several different levels available for swimmers on Storm Aquatics. The groups are based on both age and ability.

It is the Head Coach’s decision which level swimmers are placed in or moved to. The Head Coach takes into consideration many things, including swimmer’s goals, ability, endurance, attitude, attendance, and age when placing or moving swimmers. Ultimately placement into a level or movement from one level to another is subject to the Coach’s judgment. These guidelines are subject to change.

Group Descriptions

Bronze Groups - Introductory Groups (Age Based)

Bronze 1 - Swims two times a week for one hour. Monday & Wednesday 5:30-6:30pm

Swimmers, 8 years old and younger, who can easily swim 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke. This level is where swimmers will gain the basic knowledge of the four competitive strokes (Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Freestyle), turns, and starts.

Bronze 2 & 3 - Swims three times a week for one hour.

  • Bronze 2: Tuesday & Thursday 4:30-5:30, Friday 5:00-6:00
  • Bronze 3: Monday & Wednesday 6:30-7:30, Friday 6:00-7:00

Swimmers, 9 years and older, who can easily swim 50 yards of freestyle and backstroke and at least 25 yards of butterfly and breaststroke.  This group has an increased emphasis on competitive swimming.  At this level, swimmers will begin to do Test Sets that will help the coaches assess the swimmer’s abilities. 

Bronze Test Set General Guidelines (not all inclusive and subject to change)*:

  • T-15 minute swim with results of 500 yards or more
  • A legal 50 in each of the 4 competitive strokes
  • Swimmers’ ability to lead their lane (requires reading the clock, understanding sets, etc.)

Silver Groups - Mid-Level Group

  • Silver 1 - Swims three times a week for 1.5 hours.
  • Silver 2 - Swims five times a week for 1.5 hours.

Swimmers, usually 10 years or older, who have mastered the skills at the Bronze Group level. In the Silver Group, swimmers are working to build confidence, endurance, and competitive experience while fine tuning basic skills. Swimmers are expected to have regular attendance at practice and participate in swim meets. This group also has dryland (land based) training as an option.

Training Schedule:

Pool Schedule (Silver 1 pick M/W/F or T/Th/F, Silver 2 swims 5 days):
Monday/Wednesday 6:30-8:00pm
Tuesday/Thursday 4:30-6:00pm
Friday 5:30-7:00pm

Dryland Schedule:
Monday/Wednesday 5:15-6:15pm

Silver Test Set General Guidelines (not all inclusive and subject to change)*:

  • 10 x 100 Free on or under 2:10
  • 10 x 50 Free Kick on or under 1:15
  • 10 x 100 I.M. on or under 2:15
  • 8 x 100 I.M. Kick on or under 2:50

Gold - Experienced Group

Swims five to six days a week for 1.5 hours.

Experienced swimmers, usually 13 years or older, who have mastered the skills at the Silver Group level. In this level, swimmers are competitive and working to refine skills, build endurance and confidence. Swimmers in the Gold Group are expected to have regular attendance at practice and participate in swim meets.

Training Schedule:

Pool Schedule 
Monday/Wednesday 6:30-8:00pm
Tuesday/Thursday 4:30-6:00pm
Friday 5:30-7:00pm
Saturday 7:00-9:00am *only on select Saturdays

Dryland Schedule:
Tuesday/Thursday 6:15-7:15pm

 

Gold Test Set General Guidelines (not all inclusive and subject to change)*:

  • 10 x 100 Free on or under 1:40
  • 10 x 50 Free Kick on or under 1:05
  • 10 x 100 I.M. on or under 1:50
  • 8 x 100 I.M. Kick on or under 2:15

Senior - Very Experienced Group

Swims six days a week for 2 hours.

Serious, experienced, competitive swimmers, usually 13 years and older, who have mastered the skills at the Gold Group level. Swimmers in the Senior Group are expected to have regular attendance at practice, participate in swim meets, and be leaders on the team.

Training Schedule:

Pool Schedule 
Monday/Wednesday 6:00-8:00pm
Tuesday/Thursday 4:00-6:00pm
Friday 5:00-7:00pm
Saturday 7:00-9:00am *only on select Saturdays

Dryland Schedule:
Tuesday/Thursday 6:15-7:15pm

Senior Test Set General Guidelines (not all inclusive and subject to change)*:

  • 10 x 100 Free on or under 1:20
  • 10 x 50 Free Kick on or under 0:55
  • 10 x 100 I.M. on or under 1:35
  • 8 x 100 I.M. Kick on or under 1:50

*Test sets are not the only determination in a swimmer’s ability; they are a guideline for the Coaches.

Successful completion of Test Sets at a given level does not guarantee a Group Move or hold a swimmer back from a Group Move. Group Moves will be determined by the swimmer’s Coach and the Head Coach. The Coach will discuss the move with the parents prior to the move being made.