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Training Groups

SMRT offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels.

Training dues are based on the amount of water and dry land training per swimmer’s eligibility group. See SMRT Training Dues for group rates.

Minnow Team (ages 5 and up) 

The purpose of the Minnows Team is to introduce children to competitive swimming. The focus of the Minnows is on learning the four competitive strokes in a fun environment that fosters a love of learning and teamwork. The Minnows meet twice a week for one hour each practice.

Required Equipment

Marlins Team (typical age range of 7-10)

The Marlins Team is designed for children who have some previous experience with organized swimming, either through lessons or through a competitive program. Swimmers in the Marlins focus on stroke refinement, learning a competitive start (dive), and swim meet readiness. The Marlins meet four times per week for one hour each practice.

Required Equipment

Silver Team (typical age range of 9-11)

Designed for swimmers in their second year of competitive swimming, the Silver Team is composed mostly of swimmers aged 9 to 11 years old. Silver swimmers focus heavily on improving their technique using drills designed to teach skills that are more advanced. Silver swimmers will also begin to swim longer distances, utilize the pace clock to swim sets of repeats, and learn the rules governing swimming in competitions. The Silver swimmers are offered five practices per week, between 60 and 90 minutes each. Silver Team athletes are encouraged to attend at least 70% of practices. 

Swimmers must have approval from Head Age Group Coach before enrolling in this group.

Required Equipment

Blue Team (typical age range of 10-12) 

Designed for advanced swimmers who are close to, or currently, competing at the state championship level, the Blue Team is geared towards athletes who are 10-12 years old. Swimmers continue to hone their technical skills while increasing their endurance with more challenging sets. Swimmers in this group also incorporate dryland training in addition to in-water workouts in order to gain speed, power, and core stability. The Blue Team swimmers are offered five practices per week, ranging from 1.5 to 2 hours. Blue Team swimmers are encouraged to attend at least 75% of the practices offered.

Minimum training requirement: must be able to train 15 x 100m on 1:50/100m

Swimmers must have approval from Head Age Group Coach before enrolling in this group.

Required Equipment

Gold Team (typical age range of 13-14)

Designed for the young teenage swimmer who wishes to advance to a more competitive level of swimming, this group is composed of athletes from ages 12 to 14. The Gold Team focuses on many different aspects of swimming, such as acquiring advanced technical skills, conditioning, swimming longer distances, more difficult repeat sets, goal setting, and race strategy.  Swimmers in this group also utilize dryland training to increase their power, speed, agility, and core stability, as well as to prevent injury. The Gold Team is offered seven workouts per week, including one weekday morning and Saturday mornings. Gold Team members are encouraged to attend at least 80% of practices offered. 

Minimum training requirement: ability to train 20 x 100m freestyle @ 1:40/100m

Swimmers must have approval from Head Age Group Coach before enrolling in this group.

Required Equipment

Senior Team (ages 14 and up)

Senior Team members must have the goal of training at their highest levels to obtain Sectional and National time standards. Designed for the advanced teen athlete, this group is composed of swimmers aged 14-18 who are close to, or currently competing at the state championship level. Swimmers in this group have well-developed technique for all four strokes, and solid starts and turns. Senior swimmers focus on perfecting their technique, attaining peak levels of physical fitness, increasing their endurance, proper nutrition, and goal setting. Senior Team athletes train six days a week, which includes three morning practices. Senior swimmers are encouraged to attend all training sessions offered. Swimmers may only train in the Senior Team by invitation of the Head Coach.

Minimum Training requirement: ability to train 20 x 100m freestyle @ 1:30/100m​

Senior Team membership is only by invitation of the SMRT Head Coach.

Required Equipment

Masters Swimming (adults)

SMRT supports Charleston swimmers competing in the US Masters Swimming program. Contact Rob Olson for information.