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DEV Programs

Developmental Programs

 

The Head Coach of the Developmental Program is Margaret Wilman.  Her bio is located on the Coaches page and you can contact her via email here. 

 

The Developmental Program consists of three (3) groups: Piranhas, Barracudas & Sharks.  There are multiple session offerings from early September through May.  The main sessions help swimmers develop solid and efficient stroke technique. We also work on water safety, and starts and turns. When possible, we offer ancillary sessions, such as Clinics and Small Group Lessons*. The Developmental Groups do not participate in US/SAL meets, but there is an advancement pathway to the Varsity Program if competition is a goal.  Advancement from one group to another is based upon age, times and ability. The most important aspect about our program is FUN

*At this time lessons for beginners are not being offered, but Fall 2022 lessons COMING SOON! 

 

Spring 2022 - ​Small group lesson sign-ups:

 

​Sharks

Barracuda

 

For all existing members, each session culminates with a FUN time trial event. This event not only inspires our swimmers, but also helps coaches determine group placement for the next session.  

 

Group Descriptions: 

PIRANHAS 

  • Typical age 4-6 

  • Each swimmer should already be able to swim 25 yards Freestyle 

  • Instruction & refinement in free & back 

  • Focus on kicking & body awareness 

  • Introduction to Breaststroke, Butterfly, and dives 

BARRACUDAS 

  • Typical age 6-8 

  • Each swimmer should be able to swim 25 yards Freestyle and show proficiency in all 4 strokes. 

  • Instruction & refinement in 4 strokes, diving & turns 

  • Focus on kicking & body awareness 

  • Introduction to race-specific skills 

SHARKS 

  • Typical age 9-13 

  • Each swimmer should be able to swim 100 yards Freestyle and show proficiency in all 4 strokes. 

  • Instruction & refinement in 4 strokes, diving & turns 

  • Focus on kicking & body awareness 

  • Introduction to race-specific skills 

 

Equipment: 

All swimmers will need a suit, cap and goggles.  Swimmers can bring a water bottle as desired.

Fins are strongly encouraged for all our swimmers and our recommendation for DEV can be found here.  Visit Toad Hollow Athletics to try them on and receive assistance with sizes.