Training/Practice Groups


Central Iowa Aquatics offers eight training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability. CIA's goal is to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging and developing each individual to the best of their abilities.

For questions about which training group is correct for your swimmer(s), please contact our head coach at [email protected] for more information or a free trial. Click on the group name below for more information.

Intro Group

The Intro Group is for swimmers just out of swim lessons who know both freestyle and backstroke. Seasonal fees are not charged for swimmers in this group. Registration is a monthly commitment, and no refunds are offered except in rare unforeseen circumstances and only after board approval. This group is all about keeping it fun!

Age Group 4

This group is the first step in the Age Group progression. It is for swimmers who know all four strokes but are new to competitive swimming.  Seasonal fees are charged for swimmers in this group and are a commitment for the entire season. We ask swimmers in this group to attend local meets. This group is also all about keeping it fun!

Age Group 3

The second phase of the Age Group progression builds on the first phase.  Age Group 3 swimmers may already have competitive swimming experience. The emphasis for the group is stroke development and refining of skills in a positive and fun environment. Seasonal fees are charged for swimmers in this group and are a commitment for the entire season. Training principles are introduced and regular participation in USA Swimming meets is encouraged.

Age Group 2

This is the third group in the Age Group pathway with a continued focus on stroke development and refining technique with positive and supportive coaching. Seasonal fees are charged for swimmers in this group and are a commitment for the entire season.  In this group training principles and aerobic conditioning continue to advance and regular participation in USA Swimming meets is highly encouraged.  

Age Group 1

The Age Group 1 continues to focus on stroke development and refining skills.  Aerobic conditioning begins to advance all the while in a fun and challenging environment. Seasonal fees are charged for swimmers in this group and are a commitment for the entire season. Regular participation in USA Swimming meets is highly encouraged. 

Senior Prep

The Senior Prep Group will build upon their skills and training from the previous group with a continued concentration on stroke technique and additional focus on endurance, this group also emphasizes a fun and challenging environment. Seasonal fees are charged for swimmers in this group and are a commitment for the entire season. Regular participation in USA Swimming meets and age group state meets is highly encouraged. 

Senior 2 Group

The Senior 2 Group is designed for swimmers preparing for state and local meets. Swimmers must be in at least 9th grade to participate. Seasonal fees are charged for swimmers in this group and are a commitment for the entire season.

Senior 1 Group

The Senior 1 Group is designed for swimmers committed to train for Sectional and National competition. Swimmers must be in at least 8th grade to participate. Seasonal fees are charged for swimmers in this group and are a commitment for the entire season.

Supplemental Group

The Supplemental Group is a sub-group of either Senior Group for current or past CIA swimmers who are swimming with a high school or college program and need supplemental training.  Athletes will be charged at the Intro Group rate and are allowed up to 10 practice days per month. Seasonal fees are not charged for swimmers in this group. Registration is a monthly commitment, and no refunds are offered except in rare unforeseen circumstances and only after board approval. This group is only available as space permits and must be approved by the head coach prior to registering.

 

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