Junior Advanced

The Junior Advanced program is reserved for swimmers 9-12 years of age who are ready to challenge themselves further through full participation in a year-round competitive swim program.  The group goals include competing at the Junior Olympic level.  It is understood that athletes (selected by the Head Coach for this training group) will strive for promotion to the Senior Advanced program and/or high school swim teams.

Participation in the program means the athlete and their family are fully committed to their performance goals. The environment is supportive and we strive to ensure that every athlete gets the personalized attention they need to succeed in meeting or exceeding their swimming goals.


Spring Schedule


  • Swim ~ 4:00-5:30PM   


  • Dry Land ~ 3:45-4:15PM
  • Swim ~ 4:15-5:45PM  


Summer Schedule ~ June 5-August 5
  • Swim Only ~ 8:45-10:15AM
  • Swim Only ~ 8:00-9:30AM


  • Dry Land ~ 8:00-8:45AM
  • Swim ~ 8:45-10:15AM


COSTS & COMMITMENTS: This program costs $160.00 a month. 

$82.00 USA Swimming Premium Membership
$125.00 PDSC Team registration fee which includes team shirt & cap. 
Meet Entry Fees per any meet entered throughout the season.


REQUIRED GEAR: Kickboard, Fins, Pull Buoy, Paddles, Band


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Junior Advanced Group Criteria

To be a candidate for the Junior Advanced group, swimmers should be able to complete the following:

  • 500 yds. Freestyle with flip turns and bilateral breathing
  • 200 yds. Backstroke with flip turns and bent-arm pulling
  • 200 yds. Breaststroke with correct underwater pullouts following all turns
  • 100 yds. Butterfly (assisted by use of swim fins if desired) with correct turns
  • 200 yds. Individual Medley with transition turns
  • Front and back competition racing starts
  • The correct race finishes on all four strokes.

Additionally, swimmers are expected to demonstrate the following tasks in practice or competition:

  • 10 X 100 yds. Freestyle on 1:35
  • 8 X 50 yds. flutter or dolphin kick on 1:00
  • Race under 1:15 (girls) or 1:10 (boys) for 100 yds. Freestyle
  • Achieve minimum USA Swimming B qualifying standards in TWO or more events.

Expectations of the Junior Advanced Group

  • Be competitive at the Committee/LSC level and prepare for competency at the LSC/Age Group championship/Junior Olympic levels
  • Desire movement into PDSC's Senior Advanced program
  • Consistently improve commitment level and training/racing ability from season to season
  • Become more fluid in swimming (no splashing)
  • Actively improve distance per stroke
  • Learn leadership skills
  • Attendance should improve, not decline, as the athlete matures
  • Training attitudes become more productive and more supportive as the athlete gets older
  • Improve swimming aptitude

The Junior Advanced group practices five days each week for 90 minutes per day. The main focus is to continue to build a love of the sport while giving the swimmer tools to become a high-performing athlete.  Skills for all strokes as well as starts, turns, transitions, and race finishes will continue to be refined.  Racing strategies and capabilities will be introduced.  The swimmers in this group will be expected to compete in designated "team emphasis" meets (approximately once/month) as well as local and statewide swim meets upon meeting appropriate time standards.

In addition to the swim program, the Jr Advanced group has three dryland training sessions per week focusing on body awareness, agility, and strength/explosiveness.