Greatness is Within!

Note: All ages are intended as a guide; placement in a particular group is at the coaching staff's discretion.


Olympic Way - "Every dream, every goal starts by designing the way, path and steps needed to reach the goal.

GSH’s initial group: a NON-competitive group that provides the perfect link between swim lessons and the expectations associated with being part of a competitive swim team and its lifestyle.

As part of the Olympic Way program, athletes will understand the components of each stroke and the FUNdamental swimming skills from a deep practice, high repetition, and low-intensity perspective. 

Character Focus: Industriousness (Cornerstone), Friendship, Loyalty, Cooperation, Enthusiasm. Go for it & Fair Play.

Age range: 8 – 10 years

Skills to Join: Swim a 25 freestyle (front crawl) and a 25 backstroke without stopping and demonstrating the technique fundamentals; desire to try competitive swim; commitment to become part of the Sea Hawk family.

Expected Commitment: This program runs in blocks of 3 to 4 months. Swimmers must commit for the entire duration of the block.


Igniters - "Ignition is the action of setting something on fire. A Sea Hawk Igniter is the athlete who sets the desire and the passion for swimming on fire."

Our first competitive group. Igniters is for athletes that show readiness to increase the commitment to develop the necessary training skills to compete. 

Coaches will initiate the Speed ABCs (Agility, Balance and Coordination) and flexibility, warm-up and stretching exercises to improve stroke technique. 

GSH is an IM (Individual Medley: Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Front Crawl) based club. 

Utilizing drill progression and stroke technique, swimmers will become equipped to swim a 100 IM.

 

Character Focus: Industriousness (Cornerstone), Friendship, Loyalty, Cooperation, Enthusiasm, respect for others

Age range:  9 – 12 years

Skills to Join: Swim 50 freestyle (front crawl) and, 50 backstroke & 25 Breaststroke without stopping and demonstrating the technique fundamentals; demonstrate perfect streamline execution; be able to perform 5 underwater dolphin kicks consistently; demonstrate good kick (front & back flutter and dolphin)

Expected Commitment: Commit to attending dryland and swimming practices regularly (See Training schedule for # of practices) and participate in a minimum of 4 competitions during the season plus all GSH-organized events.


Junior Performance - "Excellence is the result of always striving to do better."

For athletes 12 years and under that have demonstrated the ambition to achieve a great swimming career. 

Our Junior Performance swimmers understand the importance of commitment, taking occasional risks, and being uncomfortable in training to challenge their athletic skills. 

GSH is an IM (Individual Medley: Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Front Crawl) and distance-based club, utilizing drill progression and stroke technique by developing the deep practice training method; embracing and learning from fails; learning to prepare for a race; following practiced tactics and race execution. Swimmers will be ready to swim a strong 200 IM and 400 free. 

Character Focus: Self-control, Alertness, Initiative, Intentness, Ambition, Sincerity, 'Keep it fun.'

Age range: 9 - 12 years

Skills to Join:  Swim 100 freestyle (front crawl), 100 backstroke, and 100 IM with good form; demonstrate perfect streamline; be able to perform 5 meters underwater dolphin kicks off every wall consistently; demonstrate good kick (front & back flutter and dolphin)

Expected Commitment:  Athletes should attend 80% every month and at least 90% of the competitions that coaches suggest during the season, plus all GSH-organized events.


Senior Black "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts."

For athletes 13 years and over that strive for future success, enjoy swimming and want to progress their technique while maintaining an active, healthy, and balanced lifestyle. 

GSH is an IM (Individual Medley: Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Front Crawl) based club, utilizing drill progression and stroke technique by developing the deep practice training method; embracing and learning from fails; learning to prepare for a race; following practiced tactics and race execution. Swimmers will be ready to swim a strong 200 IM and 400 free.   

Age range: 13 years & over 

Skills to Join:  Swim 100 freestyle (front crawl), 100 backstroke, and 100 IM with good form; demonstrate perfect streamline; be able to perform 5 meters underwater dolphin kicks off every wall consistently; demonstrate good kick (front & back flutter and dolphin)

Expected Commitment:  Athletes should attend 80% every month and of the competitions that coaches suggest during the season, plus all GSH-organized events.


Senior "Great things never come from comfort zones" Penny Oleksiak

For athletes 13 years and older committed to working incessantly to achieve great success. 

Our Senior swimmers work strenuously and will not easily give up. They are willing to take risks and be uncomfortable more than they are comfortable in training and challenging their athletic skills to excel

GSH is an IM (Individual Medley: Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Front Crawl) & distance training-based club. 

The event focus is 200’s (free, back, breast, fly, and IM), understanding the distance events from 400 to 1500 free, and developing a 400 Individual Medley. 

The group training skills are focused on quality performance & mastering technical and tactical (race strategy) skills.

Character Focus: Poise, Confidence, Resourcefulness, Reliability, Inclusivity & Teamwork.

Age range: 13 years & over 

Skills to Join: Swim a 200: IM, Free, Back & Breast, a 400 free with good form and proper turn technique, have a strong desire to develop more skills and race faster.

Expected Commitment: Attend 85% of the offered swim and dryland practices every month. Commit to attending every competition suggested by the coach during the season, plus all GSH-organized events.


Performance "If you want to be the best, you will have to do what no one else is willing to do" Michael Phelps

For athletes over 13 years of age that are full-time, committed student-athletes and have demonstrated a solid individual commitment and focus. 

Each swimmer will be challenged daily and pushed to be comfortable being uncomfortable, training at a significantly higher level. 

Performance swimmers demonstrate a strong level of commitment to their future swimming careers.

Coaches will help develop physical and mental conditioning plans to enhance peak performance objectives further. Introducing advanced training methods will assist in preparing swimmers for premium competitions & Implementation of multiple racing strategies and tactics, competitive simulation training, and adaptation to different competitive environments. 

Our Performance Student-Athlete excels in competitive swimming and at school. Some studies show that high school athletes perform better in school. We want to see all of our athletes swimming at University.

Character Focus: Competitive Greatness, Fight, Integrity, Faith, Patience, Give Back.

Age range: 13 years & Over 

Skills to Join A desire for greatness. Swim a 200: IM, Free, Back & Breast, a 400 free with good form and proper turn technique, have a strong desire to develop more skills and race faster.

Expected Commitment: Attend 95% of the offered swim and dryland practices every month. Commit to attending every competition suggested by the coach during the season, plus all GSH-organized events.