Group Coach

Dorian Johnson 

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Silver Group

Silver group builds upon the fundamental swimming skills learned in the Bronze Group.  More advanced drills and training techniques are introduced progressively to improve overall coordination and efficiency in water.  Swimmers are encouraged to attend practice regularly and participate in swim meets.  Competitive goals include longer swims and sets, achieving USA Swimming “BB” or above times, continuing to master the four competitive strokes, and gaining proficiency in turns, starts and finishes.  Typical age range: 8-13.


Minimum Swim Requirements:  

  • 100 Free under 2:00
  • 6 x 100 Free @ 2:30
  • Legal 100 IM under 2:30
  • 25 of each stroke under 30
  • Hold streamline past flags and hold streamline for at least 4 dolphin kicks

Equipment:  Strokemaker Hand Paddles (size appropriate-see coach), Pull Buoy, TYR Snorkel, Kickboard, Fins, Mesh Bag, and Water Bottle.


A Tryout is required to join this group.  Click here for tryout information.

The San Clemente Aquatic Team assigns swimmers to practice groups based on skill/ability and age.  Coaches are able to focus on techniques, skills and intervals that are best suited for our swimmers’ development while enhancing aerobic and speed capacity.  Each coach strives to create a fun yet challenging environment for our swimmers.  


Although practice attendance is not mandatory for most groups, we do encourage swimmers to attend all or as many practices as possible, attendance + effort = success.  Swim meets are optional for some groups and mandatory for others.  Swim meets are a chance for swimmers, coaches and parents to see progress. 


Move-ups between groups tend to occur at the end of our short course and long course seasons.  Coaches will review all aspects of move up timing, including test sets, leadership in the lane and group, mental, physical and emotional readiness.  Attendance and practice effort will also be considered as variables.