Central Iowa Aquatics

Age Group 3

Practice Days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Practice Objectives: The second phase of the Age Group aprogression 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. Training principles are introduced and regular participation in USA Swimming meets is required.

  • Eligibility requirements:
    • Ability to swim all 4 competitive strokes
    • Swimmers age 10 & under, age 11-12 if new to the sport 
  • About the group:
    • Kicking sets (including dolphin kicking) will receive greater emphasis. Breathing skills / technique in all strokes are stressed (bilateral breathing, etc.). Starts and turns will be part of the weekly plan.
    • 5x 1.5-hour workouts per week, may include dryland.
    • Major Goals: Basic use of the pace clock, leaving at intervals, when to start your next swim, etc. Improving turns will be stressed: use of the dolphin kick, underwater pull in breaststroke, backstroke dolphin, etc. Develop good IM swimming. Swimmers will be taught their best times and to swim for personal improvement (PR).
    • Swimmers must adhere to the designated meets prescribed by the Coaching staff and follow the plan targeting success for the swimmer and the team. 
    • Attend most USA meets.
  • Advancement:  
    • In addition to the coach's discretion, swimmers may advance based upon the completion of the CIA Introduction Set, as well as participate in at least 1 sanctioned swim meet.  

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Equipment Required:

  • CIA team cap at practices and meets
  • Well-fitting suit (such as jammers for boys and 1-piece for girls)
  • Team logo suit for meets
  • Goggles
  • One white and one blue CIA logo shirt to be worn at meets
  • Snorkels
  • Fins
  • Buoy
  • Equpment Bag
  • Swim Bag

All equipment and suits can be purchased at  from Elsmore Swim Shop.


CIA Into Dues: $160.00/month
USA Swimming Membership: $78/year
CIA Registration Fee: $75 / year