​SQUADS

 

Harpenden Swimming Club are formed of a main competitive arm based at Rothamsted Pool and a teaching arm based at Aldwickbury School.

 

Aldwickbury runs teaching once a week on a Monday with a number of sessions for different abilities.

 

Swimmers at Rothamsted are divided into squads according to ability. Swimmers progress between the squads as they achieve criteria which are set out by the coaches.  The criteria and work that the squads do are based around developing the swimmer as laid out in the British Swimming Performance Pathway.

 

SQUAD PROGRESSION

Seals is the first squad swimmers enter upon joining the competitive arm of the club. This squad work on the technical aspect of all four strokes including starts and turns with the aim of being able to swim in medley races. Seals are working towards regular participation in open meets and club galas and often participate in the league campaigns as required.

In Otters swimmers continue to work on the techniques developed in Seals whilst introducing longer distances to the training sessions. Key skills such as starts and turns are further developed so that swimmers are able to complete training and races correctly. Otters continue to work towards regular participation in open meets and club events to gain race experience, and to participate in league campaigns as required.

In Dolphins longer and more technical sets designed to build the competitive swimmer are introduced. There is a focus on technique, but holding it over longer distances and under more time pressure than in previous squads. Swimmers gain a greater understanding of pace work and are expected to be able to use the pace clock themselves during sets to check pace and rest. Dolphins are expected to be regular participants in open meets and club events, and to be swimming in league campaigns as required. Members of this squad will be working towards participation at County Championships.

In Sharks the focus is training to race. Sets are developed to meet key aims for the swimmers at specific times of the year to aid their development and race potential. Technical work is undertaken at a more specific level, and applied into longer and faster sets. This squad aims to develop the competitive swimmer across a broad range of events and encompassing all strokes. Sharks are expected to be regular participants in open meets and club events, and to be swimming in league campaigns as required. Members of this squad will be competing at County Championships and working towards Regional and National Championships.

In the Performance Sharks the focus is training to race. Sets are developed to meet key aims for the swimmers at specific times of the year to aid their development and race potential. Technical work is undertaken at a more specific level, and applied into longer and faster sets. This squad aims to develop key skills around race strategy and allows a deeper focus on key evets as swimmers mature and specialise. Senior Squad members are expected to be regular participants in club events and targeted open meets, and to be swimming in league campaigns as required. Members of this squad will be competing at Regional Championships and working towards National Championships.

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