Training Philosophy:

As coaches, we take a long term athlete development(LTAD) view of swimming, seeing the swimmer's career as an endurance event, not a sprint. Edina Swim Club recognizes that each of our swimmers must learn good stroke technique at every stage of their development. We believe that swimming correctly needs to be taught before athletes move on to training. We also find that swimmers who learn better stroke technique early, will inherently swim faster and smarter races.  We believe that as athletes focus on the process of improvement, rather than the outcome, they will have best opportunity maximum success as their bodies develop and mature.

At the younger levels, basic technique, kicking and learning about the sport are the most important. Our coaches are trained to give feedback at these levels and be patient about a swimmer's progress. All strokes are stressed at the developmental, age group, junior and senior levels. We consider our team to be IM(individual medley) oriented, which will give the swimmers the best possible chance for success as they move through their swimming career. As swimmers grow and age, more training is added. Coaches emphasize the ownership of the athlete in the process of their improvement and achievement. Concepts of intrinsic feedback are introduced, along with goal setting, accountability and a vision for the future of their swimming.

Naturally, year round swimming will improve swimming ability, but it will also carry over to other aspects of an athlete’s life. Swimmers tend to take the listening, discipline, organization, work-ethic, time management, and goal setting skills they learn in our program,with them to the classroom, and thereafter to the rest of their world. In addition, swimmers learn to handle successes and failures, which create resilience, sportsmanship and self-confidence.

Edina Swim Club has a variety of programs to help all levels of swimmers meet their goals. From swim lessons to our competitive swimming team, our instructors and coaches can teach athletes how to swim and then help them excel to the highest levels. Through the sport of swimming, we strive to develop the character, skills, and desire necessary for each swimmer to maximize his or her potential.

Practice groups:

Our practice groups are organized to best match kids with others of similar ability, age, physical and emotional maturity, level of commitment, practice habits, and experience. We offer several options for most ages, ranging from developmental through national groups. Coaches are committed to providing the correct balance of skill work and training in line with the age and ability of the swimmers. We do not move swimmers up in groups based only on ability or based only on age. The dynamics and flow of each group depend on swimmers being at similar stages in their swimming, similar practice abilities as well as competition motivations. Opportunities for training, improvement and socialization are maximized using a broad based system for group placement.

Swimmers are placed in groups according to their skill levels for each stroke, as well as their training speed.  You can see the prerequisites for moving from group to group by clicking on the spreadsheet for each level.  Move ups are generally done at the beginning of a season, but we recognize that some swimmers need extra time in groups to master skills, and we want kids to "outgrow" their current group before moving on. Coaches do regular test sets to make sure swimmers are getting what they need out of the training environment, and determine whether it is time to have a swimmer advance. All advances are made with the current coach and future coach agreeing that the move is best for the individual swimmer and the group.  Final group moves are at the discretion of Head Coache Jeff Rodriguez and Head Age Group Coach Nicole Helmen.

Edina Swim Club training groups are divided into several different levels:

Developmental (learn more)

Age group (learn more)

Senior (learn more)

National (learn more)

Our goal is to engage all swimmers in this great sport and maximize their potential, whether that is through high school, college or beyond.