PROGRAM STRUCTURE & PROGRESSIONS
The Plymouth Whitemarsh Aquatic Club emphasizes long-term rather than short-term results. To accomplish this, it is important to establish training groups of swimmers who are compatible in respect to abilities, commitment levels and goals. The emphasis in the early stages of participation must be placed on developing technical skills and a love for the sport. In the later years, a more demanding physical challenge will be introduced to the training program.
The training groups include both an instructional component to develop and refine stroke technique and a training component to increase endurance and speed in the water. Swimmers will practice in lanes with other swimmers of comparable skill sets.
At each level, the goals and objectives are specific and directed toward meeting the needs of the swimmer. The long term goal of total excellence is always in mind. As each child is different, he/she will progress at his/her own rate. The coaching staff recognizes this fact by making group assignments based on a swimmer's physical, mental, and emotional level of development. Once training begins, the coaches may consult parents to discuss changes in group assignment. The goal is for all swimmers to improve and move up.
PWAC TRAINING GROUPS:
The Rookies are a practice group within PWAC for kids’ who want to learn to swim competitively. The Rookies program is for swimmers who already have some basic swimming skills.
Swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards (the long way across the pool) across the pool with their face in the water without holding on to the side of pool. Swimmers must also be able to float on their back and kick for distance of 25 yards. They do NOT need to breathe rhythmically or know breaststroke or butterfly. The rookies are learning the foundations of each stroke. Practices are 45 or 60 minutes in length, three times a week.
The program is designed to introduce and prepare kids for competitive swimming by:
- Engaging kids in the sport of swimming at a young age
- Developing knowledge of proper mechanics and water safety
- Preparing swimmers to train by familiarizing swimmer with stroke specific drills & starts
The intermediate group is composed of swimmers who are making the transition from the beginner basic skills development of the Rookies to the more rigorous swim training in the competitive Group 1. Practices are 90 minutes, three times a week.
For the beginner to intermediate competitive swimmer. Group 1 is made up of swimmers that can perform all 4 competitive strokes legally and are able to follow direction. Group 1 goals are the same as the rookies at a more advanced level including the introduction of turns. Practices are 60 or 90 minutes in length, five times a week.
For the intermediate to advanced swimmer. Group 2 consists of swimmers that exhibit a high level of swimming and workout ability. These swimmers will be introduced to the concept of a “set”. (A set is a group of drills varying distance and speed over multiple laps.) Group 2 swimmers should be mature, dedicated, responsible, and dependable. Practices are either 90 or 120 minutes in length, six times a week.
Senior Practice Group
Senior swimmers train with Coach Shoulberg and Coach Boland at the Greater Plymouth Meeting Community Center in the Youth Swim Training (YST) Program. Athletes are usually required to be 14 years of age or older and physically prepared for distance swimming. This training group requires prior approval by Coach Shoulberg.