Mako Swim Club-USA

The Mako Swim Club offers training and practice groups for swimmers ages 4-18 looking to be competitive swimmers.  It is the goal of the Mako Swim Club to offer level specific training for our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each swimmer to the best of THEIR abilities.  These swimmers will receive coaching from USA swim certified coaches at a more intense level then our SCST counterparts.  The Mako Swim Club is geared towards honing a swimmers ability along with technique, and helping them to compete at a more advanced level.  

Please email Membership@MakoSwimClub.com for more information.  

 

White Group : FUNdamentals

This group's focus is to establish a strong foundation of skills and techniques in a fun environment that encourages continued participation in the sport.  Athletes and parents are introduced to competitive meets with a family-friendly atmosphere.
 

Silver Group: Learn to Practice

In the Silver group, Mako swim club athletes will build on the fundamental skills and techniques taught in the White group.  They will progress to an advanced level of learning that requires implementing specific skills in practice sets. Establishing good habits in a practice setting translates to better performances at meets, as well as, long term development in the sport of swimming.  Silver group athletes will be led towards swimming all events to promote and reward versatility in age group swimming, as they compete at the local, state and possibly regional level.  
 

Blue Group - Practice to Compete

Athletes entering this group must display a desire to begin training on a more committed basis. Competition at swim meets is expected in this group. In the Blue Group, the Mako Swim Club athletes focus broadens substantially.  Swimmers learn about the effect their decisions and behavior outside of the pool has on their performance in the pool.  Athletes continue to build on good practice habits with progressive skills, drills, and a variety of techniques.  Swimmers also build a strong foundation in all strokes and events that lead towards being able to swim all competitive events.  Low to medium intensity aerobic conditioning is emphasized while working to challenge swimmers and prepare them for the Senior/Black group.  Blue group swimmers compete at the local, state, regional, and possibly national level.  Competing at the highest level meet they are qualified for starts to become a priority to give them a glimpse of their future swimming experiences.
 

Black Group - Compete to excel

In the Black group, Mako swim club athletes continue to learn and be coached progressively, but an increased emphasis is placed on taking ownership of individual goals and the work needed to progress towards those goals.  Student athletes will be introduced to colligate opportunities and encouraged to be positive role models for the younger age group swimmers.  Each individual swimmer will be challenged to take steps forward in work ethic, goal setting, time management, discipline in detail, and developing a growth mindset.  This Senior/Black program will challenge each individual in these areas and will provide the opportunity to achieve excellence for those athletes and families willing to continue developing a competitive spirit. 

 

 

SCST - Makos

Level 1

These swimmers are our youngest and most inexperienced. The ages may range from 5 years of age to brand new 9-10 year olds.  Their stroke capabilities are freestyle and backstroke and they can typically only do 25s in practice. Their practices consist of the fundamentals: kicking, rhythmic breathing in freestyle, diving from the side and block, and introduction to breaststroke. They spend the least amount of time in the water, usually 45 minutes to an hour.
 

Level 2
The next  level up is the more mature 6 year olds grouped together with the 7-8 and beginner intermediate 9-10 ages. Level 2 is broken into two sub-levels: A and B. 2A consists of beginners and 2B are a little faster or older. They are proficient in freestyle and backstroke with some breaststroke. Most of them don't have a legal breaststroke. Some are capable of butterfly. They are the most diverse group as far as ability, but stay together because of size and maturity  levels. Their practices consist of repetitions of 25s and 50s of all four strokes with a variety of drills. They also typically end each practice with diving. Their practices last about an hour to an hour and 15 minutes.
 
Level 3
The swimmers in this  level have the greatest maturity range but are the next step up as far as ability. There are usually a few skilled 9-10 year olds as well as the bulk of the 11-12 year olds. New swimmers are often introduced to this group, especially if they are 11 and older, and many swimmers from  level 2 are moved here through the season as they surpass their lane mates in maturity or ability. This group is focused on developing good technique while introducing more distance to their practices. They are all capable of swimming freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke legally, with some who still struggle with butterfly. Their practices are usually 50s to 100s of strokes, drills, and kicking. They stay in the water for the duration of practice.
 
Level 4
These are fastest and most developed swimmers. Their age range can be from 11 to 18, but they are all similar in speed and ability. Another common attribute these swimmers have is a desire to work hard to become better. This is what may separate a similarly aged swimmer in  level 3 and  level 4. These swimmers can legally swim all four strokes and swim longer distances, usually 50s, 100s, and 200s. There is still an emphasis on good technique in order to create speed.  Level 3 swimmers move to  level 4 when they are mature enough to handle a harder practice.
 
Practice groups are usually very fluid throughout the season, meaning a swimmer could start in one group then move up or down according to their strengths and relationships with their peers. The most common reason to move a swimmer up is if they are consistently finishing before their lane mates and spending more time not swimming and on the wall. Swimmers move down if they cannot keep up with the sets and  level of difficulty. All coaches may work with any level on any given practice night.