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DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAM: AGES 5 - 8

Our developmental groups on Edina Swim Club are called Gator 1, 2, and 3.  They are swimmers age 5-8, and range from the very beginner to those with competitive experience. The primary goal of all Gator groups is to have fun, and get excited about swimming and being on a team.  Practices revolve around skill, technique and learning.   Coaches are trained at working with children of this age and lots of feedback is given within each practice. We have 3 different groups within the Developmental level.

GATOR 1

This is our introduction to competitive swimming. Swimmers develop all 4 strokes as well as dives, flip turns & competitive basics. In order to be placed in Gator 1, swimmers must be able to:

  • swim 25 yards of freestyle with rhythmic breathing
  • 25 yards of backstroke non-stop

Gator 1 practices are offered 3 times a week. Coaches would like to see swimmers at least 2 times a week. Gator 1 swimmers may participate in any novice meets that are offered. All swimmers should wear tennis shoes and bring a water bottle to all practices. Group equipment consists of a mesh bag to carry their own kick board and fins. Please label all items as they look alike.

GATOR 2
Swimmers will refine the 4 strokes, add competitive elements of racing as well as clock reading and “sets”. Swimmers move at a faster pace than Gator 1. In order to be placed into Gator 2, a swimmer must be able to:

  • swim 100 yards of freestyle in 3 minutes
  • swim 100 yards of backstroke
  • perform 25 breaststroke and dolphin kicks
  • perform somersaults

This group is offered 4 practices a week, coaches would like to see them at least 2 times a week, more preferred. Gator 2 swimmers are encouraged to compete in 1 meet per month and finals meets. All swimmers should wear tennis shoes and bring a water bottle to all practices. Group equipment consists of a mesh bag to carry their own kick board and fins. Please label all items as they look alike.

GATOR 3
This is our highest level swimming for 8 and unders. This group remains focused on technique but adds elements of competition and race readiness. Practices move more quickly than Gator 2. These swimmers must be able to

  • swim 200 yards freestyle
  • 100 IM (individual medley)
  • consistent flip turns
  • 6 x 100 freestyle @ 2:30
  • 6 x 50 flutter kick @1:30
  • Minimum of 4 BB times

Gator 3 has 7 practices offered per week. The coaches would like to see swimmers at least 4 times a week. Swimmers are encouraged to participate in one meet per month and finals meets. All swimmers should wear tennis shoes and bring a water bottle to all practices. Group equipment consists of a mesh bag to carry their own kick board, fins, and a pull buoy. Please label all items as they look alike.