Viking Aquatics, Long Beach CA

Blue Group

The Blue Group is our intermediate development group (typically ages 9-13) designed to progress swimmers to Age-Group Invitational and Junior Olympic (JO) qualifying times, as well as development for the Advanced Competition group. 

Participation in USA meets is expected. Practices run Monday through Friday from 4:30-6:00 PM at Long Beach City College. Swimmers and parents should commit to a minimum of 4 practices/week, and attend all practices on time and for the entire duration. Swimmers will also be required to purchase equipment listed on equipment website.

Move-Up Goals to Gold -

Note: Group advancement is always subject to the coach's recommendation, and the head coach's approval). The following are a starting point, not a rigid list:

  • Official USA time achieved in every stroke:
    • 10-12 - 50 yd; 100 IM​​
    • 13-14 - 50 yd; 100 IM, 200 Free, min. 2 x 100 choice stroke
    • Min. 3 Blue times, any events
  • Practice/Skills:
    • Consistent flag count finish and backstroke flip turns
    • Consistent freestyle flip turns
    • Understands intervals: 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 45, 50
    • Min. 70% average attendance report