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Group Levels

Swimming Levels

We offer a diversified program with various levels. The levels we offer will accommodate all swimmers from beginner to national-level qualifiers.

Below is more information about each level.

Please contact membership at info@upacsharks.org

Bronze

Bronze Group:  Designed for novice swimmers who love the water and are new to a swim team. Bronze Group B swimmers practice one hour on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.* In order to qualify for this group, swimmers must be able to swim 50 yards efficient crawl stroke with side breathing and backstroke (two pool lengths) and have stamina to swim for 45-min to 1 hour non-stop during practices. The objectives of this group are to learn correct technique for all four strokes and to learn to love the sport of swimming.

Bronze Group Advanced:  In order to qualify for this group, you must be able to swim 25 yards with proper technique in all 4 strokes without stopping and/or needing assistance.  The objectives of this group are to learn all rules of competitive swimming, become comfortable competing at swim meets and build aerobic endurance while maintaining proper technique.

** Descriptions above are a guideline.  Swimmers are placed in practice groups at the discretion of the Coaching Staff.

Silver

Designed for swimmers who are in 8th grade or younger and can swim a legal 200 IM with good technique in all 4 strokes.  Swimmers are offered approximately 1 hour of practice five times per week.*  The objectives of this group are to learn good practice habits, master reading the pace clock and swimming sets with intervals, build muscular strength, aerobic endurance, introduction to short and long term goal setting, and the introduction to advance swimming techniques.   

Gold

Designed for swimmers who are in 8th grade or lower and must be able to swim 400 IM while maintaining good relative speed and technique, must compete at multiple swim meets each season and must have well defined goals in the sport of swimming.  The objectives of this group are to master advance swimming techniques, build muscular strength, aerobic endurance that will enable athletes to compete at upper level swim meets.  Swimmers are offered approximately 1.5 hour practice six times per week.*  

* Swim practice times are subject to change as they are affected by pool events (e.g. high school practices/meets). Practice schedules are posted on our website, www.upacsharks.org.  

Age Group Elite

Designed for swimmers who are 12 years or younger at the beginning of the training quarter.  To qualify for this group swimmers who are 10 and under must have at least 1 PNS Champs time standard, swimmers who are in the 11-12 age group must have at least 3 PNS Gold time standards, swimmers must attend 80% of all practices (including Saturday morning practices), have mastered advanced swimming techniques, must compete at multiple swim meets each season, have set goals to qualify for and experience success at upper level age group meets such as PNS Champs, Age Group Regionals, and Age Group Zones.  The objectives of this group is prepare athletes physically and mentally for the transition to the National Track Group.  Swimmers are offered approximately 10.5 hours practice time per week (this includes dry land and Saturday practices).*  

* Swim practice times are subject to change as they are affected by pool events (e.g. high school practices/meets). Practice schedules are posted on our website, www.upacsharks.org 

National Track

Designed for swimmers who are 13 years or older at the beginning of the training quarter.  To qualify for this group swimmers must have 2 WA Open qualifying times, Swimmers must attend 100% of all practices and additional dryland/weight sessions with no exceptions.  The objectives of this group is to provide elite training with like-minded athletes with a common goal of becoming the best athletes and people they can possibly be, set and achieve ambitious long term goals for each individual athlete.  Participation in swim meets is required.

High School

3-Day Part Time High School FitnessDesigned for swimmers/water polo players who are in high school and who want to continue to train and compete outside of their high school seasons. This group is limited to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday High School practices for a discounted price.

 

Full Time High School Fitness: Designed for swimmers/water polo players who are in high school and who want to continue to train and compete outside of their high school seasons. This group is eligible to practice every day of the week if desired.* Competition is not required but would be beneficial.** 

 

** Participation in competitive swim meets is optional but encouraged for Bronze and Silver group swimmers.  Participation is expected for Gold group swimmers and is required for Age Group Elite and National Track swimmers.  For high school swimmers, competition is optional but highly encouraged especially for UPAC home meets. 

* Swim practice times are subject to change as they are affected by pool events (e.g. high school practices/meets). Practice schedules are posted on our website, www.upacsharks.org