One of the primary purposes of our Club is to coach technique and stamina of swimming. Anyone wanting to learn to improve their existing ability, from any level, can join.
We have 3 coaching groups, starting with absolute beginners in Leopard Sharks, leading up through Tiger Sharks where swimmers can competently do the three main strokes of front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke. Swimmers then go on into our Development Squad sessions where they can train for competitive swimming or do Synchro or Water Polo.
Angel Sharks teaches the basics of flotation and streamlining and gives a new swimmer confidence in the water. They then move on to Leopard Sharks where the basic shapes of the three main strokes are taught. As their ability improves they are continuously assessed and moved up to the next group until, by the time they finish in Tiger Sharks they are competent at all three strokes. They then move into the Development Squad where we start to build up stamina, ready to take on the increased workloads demanded by competitive and synchronised swimming.
Membership of the Club is open to anyone who wishes to improve their swimming. Age is not normally a limiting factor, however the vast bulk of swimmers are aged from 5 to 12 years. A short assessment of the candidate’s ability is carried out and this tells us which coaching group they are to start in. These assessments take place on the last Monday of each month at 6pm & 6.30pm. Anyone interested is invited to come along at this time please contact the membership secretary to give the swimmers name and contact details.
Each group is lead by a qualified swimming teacher and it is the policy of the Club to continuously develop their teaching skills so that best practice is always being taught to the swimmers.
Once a swimmer has progressed up through these groups, they will then be invited to join the Performance squad training. This gives them some more training time and is the next step towards being a County level swimmer – these are the better swimmers, who become our competitive swimmers.
We also cater for the fitness swimmers, who want a certain level of training, but do not want to compete
Attendance at all these sessions is not compulsory but it is strongly advised.