Practice Groups

The Manhattan Marlins offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of the Manhattan Marlins 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.

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Marlins Swim Groups:

Minnows Group

The Minnows are the first group in the Marlins swim team. Emphasis is given to learning the 4 strokes: Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke & Butterfly.

  • Must be at least 5 years old, most swimmers in this group are 5-8 years old
  • Must be comfortable putting face in the water and head completely underwater
  • Must be able to swim 25 yards unassisted on front & back
  • Competition is offered & encouraged but is not required
  • Equipment: Swim suit, cap & goggles, fins & kickboard

White Group

The White Group continues onward with the further refinement of the 4 strokes. More emphasis is given to turns, race strategies & learning how to train.

White Group bridges a swimmer from the small group instruction environment or swimmers new to competitive swimming, to the first step in becoming a competitive swimmer. Swimmers will learn proper starting and turning processes and develop a confidence and passion for racing.Skills are taught in a fun instructive atmosphere. Athletes at this level will be encouraged to attend local low-stress swim meets, develop a concept of what it means to be a part of a team, and learn the value of working together towards common goals. In this group, athletes will be taught the values of Individual Medley (IM) swimming that will begin to define their path within the Marlins' program.

Equipment: Swim suit, cap & goggles, pull-buoy, fins & kickboard.

Blue Group

The Blue Group represents a significant increase in swim training. The goal of this group is to continue developing great technique in all 4 strokes, starts, turns & race strategies, while training intensively.

Improving technique and increasing speed and endurance while becoming well-rounded swimmers is the primary focus of the Blue Group. The 100s of stroke and the 200 IM will be the primary goals and areas of focus for athletes in this group, as well as the introduction of the 400 IM & 500 freestyle. Dryland intensity & frequency will increase from the foundation developed in the White Group, and a strength development component will be introduced. Athletes in this group are expected to attend meets on a monthly basis.

Equipment: Swim suit, cap & goggles, pull-buoy, paddles, fins & kickboard.

Platinum Group

The Platinum Group is designed for those swimmers that possess the discipline and desire to be swim their very fastest. Swimmers in this group will be held to the highest standards in the sport.

Platinum is our highest training group with a focus on preparing athletes for LSC Championships, Sectionals, Futures, Junior Nationals, and national-level competitions. Training will be a mixture of high-intensity aerobic swimming, sprint and power training, and include a high emphasis on maintaining and improving technique. Swimmers should be committed to their goals and to improving as both athletes and individuals in and out of the pool. This includes but is not limited to the following expectations:

  • Maximum practice attendance;
  • focus on self-improvement through monthly competitions at an appropriate level;
  • high level training effort;
  • full commitment to being a team leader/role model;
  • committed to team goals and challenging teammates to achieve their personal goals.

Equipment: Swim suit, cap & goggles, pull-buoy, paddles, fins & kickboard.

Masters (19 & over)

This group is for adults aged 19 and over. The group is open to all adult swimmers (fitness, triathlete, competitive, non-competitive) who are dedicated to improving their fitness through swimming. This group is designed to help swimmers improve fitness and/or train for specific goals, and offer active support for a healthy lifestyle through friendship, and camaraderie. 

Equipment: Swim suit, cap & goggles, pull-buoy, fins & kickboard.