The second tier of the club’s squads, this is where the young swimmers learn to develop the
training habits required to succeed as a competitive swimmer. Emphasis is primarily placed
on stroke technique, while new training aims are introduced and previously learned skills
enhanced. These include the further development of basic swimming endurance through
long continuous swims or linked swims with short rests, and the development of basic
swimming speed over short distances. Additionally swimmers will learn about
sportsmanship and behaviour as a team member.
Competitive 2 –. The work undertaken consolidates the previously learned skills,
continuing the development of technique and swimming skills to a high level. There is an
increased amount of swimming endurance work, including swims at threshold level. This is
designed to enable each swimmer to gain experience of a wide range of swimming events.
Swimmers in the Competitive programme will in general be between 8 and 11/12 years of
age to fit with the long term athlete development guidelines. Swimmers are expected to
compete in all strokes, distances and Individual Medley events. Progression both within and
from the Competitive programme will be based on skill set, technique, enthusiasm,
behaviour and attendance. All squad moves will be at the discretion of the Coaching Team.