Developmental Programs

The Mini Ducks  is an advanced swim lesson for children ages 5+ who are comfortable (floating) in the water but have not mastered arm strokes and breathing in freestyle or backstroke arms and kicking. In the Mini Ducks we build learning and listening skills, let children explore basic aquatic movement, and put them on a path to joining the swim team.


The Mighty Ducks squad is for young swimmers ages 5-10 yrs who have progressed beyond basic swim lessons and would like to make further progress to our competitive team. Swimmers in the Mighty Ducks must be at least 5 years old, complete a skill evaluation, and be able to swim 25 meters of freestyle and backstroke with fundamental stroke integrity.


Age Group Practice Squads

The Yellow Squad is for swimmers ages 7-12 years ready to make the transition from novice to full swim team participation. Swimmers must be able to consistently demonstrate the Foundation Skills taught in the Mighty Ducks and perform all four strokes with reasonable stroke integrity.

Minimum skill requirements for all swimmers in the Yellow Squad are listed below:

  • ability to participate in a structured group learning environment
  • appropriate personal independence
  • basic knowledge of all starts and turns
  • swim a continuous 200 freestyle with appropriate stroke integrity and turns
  • Swim 8 x 50 freestyle @ 2:00
  • Demonstrate 4 x 25 yards of each stroke legally

In the Yellow Squad we learn to appreciate the benefits of healthy exercise, refine all basic swimming skills, and learn how practice works.

The Green Squad is our "meat and potatoes" age group squad for swimmers ages 9-13 years. Green Squad swimmers refine stroke skills, learn how to practice, and develop a strong aerobic system. Both endurance and speed training, using advanced training methods, are introduced in the Green Squad.

The minimum skill and practice requirements for the Green Squad are listed below:

  • perform all competitive strokes legally on a repetitive basis
  • understand and consistently execute simple training sets and instructions
  • complete 8 x 100 freestyle @ 2:30 with reasonable stroke integrity
  • perform 6 x 50 kick (each stroke) @ 2:00
  • swim a 400 meter free in 10:00 at the Distance Duck Meet

Exit competencies for placement in the Bronze Squad:

  • age 11
  • understand and consistently execute complex training sets and instructions
  • complete 16 x 100 freestyle @ 1:55 with reasonable stroke integrity
  • perform 12 x 50 kick (each stroke) @ 1:30
  • perform 3 x 400 free @ 7:30
  • perform 6 x 200 IM @ 4:00

In the Green Squad we prepare young swimmers for future success as a Senior swimmer. This is the place where Olympic Dreams are forged!


Pre-Senior and Senior Squads

The Bronze Squad is a demanding Elite Age Group squad for swimmers ages 11-14 yrs (High School). This squad is by invitation only and requires demonstration of commitment and achievement prior to invitation. Sophisticated dryland training and advanced training techniques put pre-senior swimmers on the pathway to maximizing their abilities as senior level swimmers.


The Senior Squad is for High School age swimmers of all abilities. The goal of the Senior Squad is to maximize competitive performance and abilities. Dryland training techniques are also a significant aspect of the LFSC Senior program. Senior squad swimmers compete in various competitions at the local, state and regional level.


National Squad

The National Squad is a very demanding highly specialized elite squad for swimmers striving to achieve in National level competition. This squad is by invitation only and requires a level of fitness and commitment consistent with the demands of elite-level swimming.

The minimum requirements for the National Squad are listed below:

  • age 12
  • achieve at least 1 Sectional qualifying standard
  • commit to the full training and competition program required for elite performance
  • invitation from Coach Michael