Team Descriptions

Swim Melbourne provides a developmental program that starts at 6 years old.  As swimmers get faster, they will move up through the different levels and practice with teammates of the same caliber.  We split Swim Melbourne into 5 key groups:  

Development

The Development Group is the pre-competitive age group team at Swim Melbourne. Requirements: Swimmers must be able to comfortably swim across the pool (25 yards). This group focuses on learning all four strokes, technique, kicking, starts, turns and how to race.  Swimmers will be focusing on swimming 25s and 50s. Athletes entering this group display a desire to swim with their friends and swim fast. Swimmers from the Development group graduate into Swim Melbourne's Age Group teams.  

Age: 12 and Under
Coach: John Walsh
Practices: 1 hour/day, 4 times/week
Equipment: Goggles, Water Bottle

Age Group—White

The White Group is the first of the competitive age group teams at Swim Melbourne. This group focuses on improving technique, kicking, starts and turns and learning to race at practice.  Swimmers will be focusing on swimming 25s and 50s, as well as swimming the 100 IM. Athletes entering this group display a desire to swim with their friends and swim fast. Swimmers of this group begin to compete in USA Swimming recognized events.  

Age: 8 and Under
Coach: John Walsh
Practices: 1 hour/day, 4 times/week
Equipment: Goggles, Water Bottle, Kickboard

Age Group—Red

From the White Group, swimmers move into this group. The Red Group is designed on building well-rounded age group swimmers. This group focuses on building an aerobic base, improving technique and kicking, perfecting starts and turns, and learning to pace. Athletes entering this group display hard work and desire to swim faster.  Competition at swim meets is highly encouraged. Swimmers in this group aim to qualify for Junior Olympics/FLAGS.  

Age: 9 to 10
Coach: John Walsh
Practices: 1 hour/day, 5 times/week
Equipment: Goggles, Water Bottle, Kickboard

Age Group—Blue

The Blue Group is designed as a development step to Swim Melbourne’s elite team.  This group focuses on increasing aerobic conditioning and strength in and out of the water, and IM training. Athletes entering this group display a desire to train on a highly committed basis. Competition at swim meets is expected in this group. Swimmers in this group aim to qualify for Sectionals.  

Age: 11 to 12
Coach: John Walsh
Practices: 1.5 hours/day, 5 times/week
Equipment: Goggles, Water Bottle, Kickboard, Pull Buoy, Strokermaker Paddles 

Senior

The Senior Group is Swim Melbourne’s most advanced training group and is comprised of swimmers that epitomize Swim Melbourne. Athletes entering the Senior Group must display a strong desire to perform at the highest level and demonstrate a strong aerobic foundation. Swimmers must also be fully committed to the sport and are expected at every practice.  Swimmers in this group must have at least two Sectional times and aim to compete at the national level.    

Age: 13 and Up
Coach: John Walsh
Practices: 2 hours/day, 6-8 times/week
Equipment: Goggles, Water Bottle, Kickboard, Pull Buoy, Strokermaker Paddles, Fins