The Viking Swim Team offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of VSC to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities.
Swimmers are placed in specific training groups for practices, depending on age and ability.
This group is learning to swim comfortably with no assistance. The coach gets in the water to
assist these swimmers often, but mostly early in the season. These swimmers work on
improving stroke technique and endurance, and learn to do racing starts and turns. Swimmers
should be at least 6 years old, and be able to swim 25 yards unassisted. Competition is available when the swimmer is ready.
This group is proficient in all 4 strokes. This group continues to learn the fundamentals of
competitive swimming and begins to refine their strokes and racing skills. Endurance training is
introduced and swimmers are challenged more as they build strength and endurance.
In this group, physical conditioning will receive more emphasis. The swimmers must have the
ability to train longer and with more intensity. The training environment will often be challenging
and more goal-oriented. Swimmers in this group should plan to attend all practices in order to
achieve consistent improvement.
This group is preparing for Senior-level training and competition. They will continue to develop
in all aspects of the program, with more emphasis on training specialization. These swimmers
should be at least 11 years old and should be prepared to attend all practices.
This is our top training group. These swimmers should be highly motivated and committed.
They are preparing for Senior Regional, Junior National, and Senior National level competition.
The training program is physically and mentally demanding and includes dryland and weight
training. Training specialization is emphasized, geared towards individual goals. Swimmers must
be prepare for physical and mental challenges of training that go with higher-level competition.
In addition our regular training program, the Viking Swim Club competes in a full schedule of
swim meets from October through May. USA Swimming meets average 3 days in length and are
offered 1 to 3 times per month. Participation in meets is encouraged as the experience is
typically fun as well as instructive.