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Swim Team

PENN Aquatics offers age-group competitive swimming training and competition at all levels lead by a first-class professional coaching staff.  PENN is a member of USA Swimming, the Suburban Aquatic League (SAL), and offers a summer swim team program with Lower Bucks Swim League (LBSL) at Oxford Valley Pool.

Suggested and Required Equipment List (all swim groups)

Swim Groups 

Click Here to see group placement for returning PENN Aquatics swimmers for the 2019/20 Season.  If you have any questions, please contact Head Coach Rich Deley at Pennaquaticsheadcoach@gmail.com.

Swimmers are assigned to specific practice groups based on their abilities and not necessarily age. This is designed to ensure that your child gets the most out of their practice session. Coaches will conduct an evaluation at the beginning of the season for all new PENN swimmers in order to place a swimmer in the swim group most appropriate for their age and ability. Swimmers can be evaluated and moved if the head coach feels it’s in the best interest of the swimmer. Swimmers will be placed in groups ensuring that our level of instruction meets their needs; moving levels will be a decision made by the head coach once he or she feels the child is mentally and physically ready.  

White Group

  • Swimmers who have already participated in swim lessons or who are able to swim one lap under their own power.
  • The focus of this group will be to introduce all aspects of competitive swimming, including all four strokes, racing dives and competitive turns.
  • This program is designed for swimmers to build strokes off of their kicks. So that they can take steps to build their strokes properly.
  • Swimmers in this group should be able to swim multiple lengths of freestyle and backstroke by the end of the year and should have the ground work of all 4 competitive strokes.
  • Automatically signed up for USA swimming. 
  • For best progress a minimum of 3 practices a week is suggested.

Orange Group

  • Swimmers should be able to swim multiple lengths of the pool in all four competitive strokes and have some knowledge of flip turns and racing starts.
  • Swimmers in this group should have previous team experience or have achieved requirements through demonstrating their skills.
  • Conditioning will be added as the group progresses.
  • Swimmers in these groups will have the basic aspects of competitive swimming reinforced though out the season.
  • For best progress a minimum of 3 practices a week is suggested.

Black Group

  • The Black group is intended for swimmers who have several seasons of competitive swimming experience.
  • The Black group will focus on stroke technique and race strategy with the addition of a consistent conditioning program.
  • In this group swimmers begin to truly master practice habits such as understanding group dynamics, lane etiquette, pace clock reading, and much more.
  • For best progress a minimum of 3 practices a week is suggested.

Junior Plus Group

  • The Junior Plus group is intended for swimmers who have been competing for a couple years and are ready for more advanced practice, but not ready or old enough for the senior group.
  • Proper stroke mechanics already present, this group will focus on polishing form and fit to add speed to swimmer’s strokes.
  • The Junior Plus group is for the committed younger athlete, and focuses on all aspects of swimming, including technique, psychology, nutrition, and race strategy, in addition to dryland exercises.
  • In this group swimmers will show leadership and provide a positive work ethic day in and day out.
  • This program requires 4 practices a week.

Senior/Senior Elite Group

  • This group is intended for ages 14& over.
  • The Senior group is for the committed athlete, and continues to focus on all aspects of swimming, including technique, psychology, nutrition, and race strategy, in addition to its heavy training load and dryland exercises.
  • In this group swimmers will show leadership and provide a positive work ethic day in and day out.
  • Participation in this group will be determined by past season attendance and practice performance.
  • This group challenges athletes to achieve their personal goals and training is offered 5 to 6 days a week. 
  • Until Varsity season starts seniors are required to attend a minimum of 5 practices.