The NTC Aquatics Swim Team is divided into several practice groups according to both age and ability level. Each practice group has distinct objectives and goals, which help the swimmer develop their skills to their full potential and move from one practice group to another with ease. Group changes are made by coaches on an as-needed basis, when changes are deemed beneficial for the swimmer. For each group, a typical practice involves a combination of stroke technique and physical conditioning, with stroke instruction emphasized for the younger/developmental swimmers and conditioning becoming more important for more experienced swimmers. Specific groups will also participate in dry-land training.
BLUE: The Blue group is an introductory training group for young and/or inexperienced swimmers. This group is designed to introduce them to the sport of swimming while allowing maximum opportunity to participate in other activities. Coaching emphasizes proper technique of the four competitive strokes. Swimmers in this group will participate in intra-squad and NTC Lightning hosted swim meets.
BRONZE: This developmental training group emphasizes the fundamentals of the four competitive strokes by means of drills, and the introduction to interval training. Swimmers in this group will compete in intra-squad/NTC Lightning hosted swim meets, as well as meets in the central Florida area.
SILVER: This training group is our first age group training level. Practices will focus on stroke technique through drills, interval training, and endurance based sets. Coaching will still focus on proper technique, while also building endurance. Swimmers in this group will compete in intra-squad/NTC Lightning hosted swim meets, as well as meets in the central Florida area.
GOLD: This training group is for the advanced age group swimmer. Training in this group is for committed and motivated young swimmers, and emphasizes serious training in preparation for higher levels of swimming. The group will focus on stroke refinement, aerobic training, and strength building. Dry-land training is a very important aspect of the group to build overall fitness. Gold level swimmers have achieved or are striving for FLAGs (Florida Age Group Championships) time standards. Swimmers in this group will compete in intra-squad/NTC Lightning hosted swim meets, as well as meets in the regional area.
SENIOR: This training group is designed for high school swimmers who are experienced and proficient, qualify for state and sectional level meets, and are working towards achieving national level time standards. Coaching equally emphasizes conditioning and fundamentals offering the determined swimmer an excellent opportunity to improve rapidly. Swimmers in this group will compete in NTC Lightning hosted swim meets, as well as meets in the regional/national area.