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Irish Aquatics Swim Club offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is our goal 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.

Please call us or drop by to swim for our 2 week trial period.  All are welcome!   Click Here to send us an email request for more information.

Green Group

Age                                 8 & Under
Skill Requirements        Swim 25 yards unassisted
Practices                        2-4 per week, 1 hour each
Basic Goals                    Strong foundations in all 4 strokes
                                      Legal turns for all strokes
                                      USA Swimming racing start progression
                                      Increase basic endurance in the water in both swimming and kicking
Dryland                          Basic motion patterning
                                      Core strength and stability
                                      Basic bodyweight exercises
Equipment                     Fins (not required to have their own)
                                      Kickboard (not required to have their own)

To be considered for Bronze
                                      Turn 9 years old OR      
        Demonstrate proficiency in all 4 strokes and the desire to move up
        Legal racing starts and turns
        Championship attitude
 

Bronze Group

Age                                  7-12 years old

Skill Requirements         


Practices                         2-4 per week, 1.5 hours each
Basic Goals                    Strong foundations in all 4 strokes
                                         Legal turns for all strokes
                                         USA Swimming racing start progression
                                         Increase basic endurance in the water in both swimming and kicking
                                         IMR/IMX program participation
                                         Learn basic pace clock usage
                                         Introduction to sets in practice

Dryland                            Basic motion patterning
                                         Core strength and stability
                                         Basic bodyweight exercises
                                         Lifting weighted objects through play

Equipment                      Water Bottle
                                         Fins (not required to have own)
                                         Kickboard (not required to have own)
                                         Pull buoy (not required to have own)

To be considered for Silver                       
                                        9-10 years old: Divisional cut in 3 strokes     
   IMX events completed for age group
   Championship attitude

Silver Group

Age                                   9-14 years old
Skill Requirements         Proficient in all 4 strokes
                                         9-10 years old: Divisional cut in 3 strokes
                                         Basic pace clock math/knowledge
                                         Desire to move to the next level

Practices                          Short course: 4-6 per week, 2 hours each
                                          Long course: 5-9 per week, 2 hours each

Basic Goals                    Aerobic Development
                                         Prepare swimmers for a more competitive environment
                                         Continued development of stroke mechanics
                                         Realization of the connection between effort input and results output
                                         IMR/IMX program participation
                                         Beginning of race planning and strategy
                                         Short and long term goal setting
                                         Championship attitude

Dryland                            Core strength and stability
                                          Introductory strength and conditioning
                                          Beacon dryland option (must be 11 years old by the championship meet to participate)

Equipment                      Water Bottle
                                         Fins (short fins preferred)
                                         Paddles
                                         Snorkel
                                         Kickboard 
                                         Pull buoy 
                                         Tempo Trainer (optional)

Test Sets                          Pentathlon
                                          12 x 50 3:00 or similar
To be considered for Gold                       
                                         13 years old by season's championship meet     
    IMX events completed for age group
    Track own workouts/pace clock use
    13-14 years old: Divisional qualifier
    Championship attitude: show desire to attend practice and train

Gold Group

Age                                   13 years and older
Skill Requirements         Proficient in all 4 strokes
                                         13-14 years old: Divisional cut
                                         Proficient with pace clock math/knowledge
                                         Desire to attend practice and train

Practices                          Short course: 5-6 per week, 2.5 hours each
                                          Long course: 5-10 per week, 2-2.5 hours each

Basic Goals                     Periodized aerobic and anaerobic training
                                         Advanced race planning/strategy
                                         Continued development of stroke mechanics
                                         Ownership of own swimming
                                         IMR/IMX program participation
                                         Short and long term goal setting
                                         Championship attitude: We before me

Dryland                            Core strength and stability
                                         Strength and conditioning
                                         Coordination
                                         Beacon dryland option

Equipment                      Water Bottle
                                         Fins (short fins preferred)
                                         Paddles
                                         Snorkel
                                         Kickboard 
                                         Pull buoy 
                                         Tempo Trainer
                                         Parachute

Test Sets                          Pentathlon
                                          T-2000/3000
                                          12 x 50 3:00 or similar
To be considered for travel meets             
                                         Championship attitude     
    Time standard for meet