The Portsmouth Swim Team offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of the Portsmouth Swim Team to offer specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities.



Swimmers must be capable of swimming the length of the Portsmouth Indoor Pool in any form of overhand stroke with rotary breathing.  Some knowledge of other strokes is desirable.  All Pre-Team members showing proper technique and the ability to compete in an event at a meet are eligible to swim in coach approved meets.  Practices will be 2 days per week for 1 hour.

Age Group III

This is the entry level swimming group.  Swimmers in this group must be able to swim one length (25 meters) in both freestyle and backstroke with the desire to learn to swim all four competitive swimming strokes legally.  Some knowledge of breaststroke and butterfly is beneficial.  Practices will be 2 days per week for 1 hour.

Age Group II

Age Group II is for swimmers that have had previous swimming experience either with a team or with formal lessons.  Swimmers must have legal competitive swimming strokes for all 4 strokes.  The goal and emphasis of AGII is to work on stroke technique while continuing to enjoy swimming with an increased workload. Practices are 3 days per week for 1 hour.

Age Group I

Swimmers in this Age Group must be legal in all 4 strokes in this level.  Stroke technique is still an important part of this Group's workout schedule.  Swimmers in this group are more serious about swimming.  The introduction of practice sets that are geared towards heavy training will begin in AGI.  Practice will be 3 days per week for 1 1/2 hours.

Juniors II

Swimmers in this group are legal in all 4 strokes,  and begin a  tougher training routine.  Dry land training begins along with endurance training,stroke work and racing skills.. Swimmers learn self-responsibility, sportsmanship  and being a good teammate. Swimmers practice 3 days per week for 2 hours.

Juniors I

The junior group focus is on training for serious competition.  Although stroke technique will still be included in the workout, speed work, interval sets, dry land training and distance training will comprise the majority of their work.  This group will begin to examine racing strategies.  Swimmers will practice 4-5 days per week for 2 hrs.


The senior group is comprised of technically sound swimmers who are capable of the most rigorous of practices.  Senior swimmers have decided that swimming is their sport and they see the importance of training for 2 hrs per day for 5-6 days per week.  Dry land training, interval training, speed work and race strategy become important aspects of the training regime.