FLIPPERS Squad entry criteria
Typical age for entry to the squad is 8+ by the end of the calendar year.
Swimmers should have achieved Stage 8 of the Learn to Swim Framework or equivalent.
Swimmers will be offered a trial in which the coach will assess fundamental movement and sports skills against the Swim England Learn to Swim Stages, as well as listening skills, being able to follow instructions, confidence in the water and aptitude for competitive swimming training. Swimmers will be expected to demonstrate that they can do the following:
Complete a set lasting at least 400 metres (e.g. 16 x 25 metres, 8 x 50 metres, 4 x 100 metres) on a specific turnaround time agreed by the coach (e.g. 1.00 minutes for each 25 metres), with a focus on stroke technique and consistency.
Swim 400 metres continuously using one stroke.
Perform a dive from the side of the pool
FINS Squad entry criteria
Typical entry age is 10+ by the end of the calendar year.
Swimmers must be able to show good technique in all four strokes.
Swimmers must be able to perform competitive starts and turns in all four strokes, with a pull and kick underwater on breaststroke and good streamlining on the other strokes.
Swimmers must be able to complete a set comprising 5 x 100m front crawl on a 2 min 30 sec turn-round time.
Swimmers must be able to complete 3 x 200m using three different strokes, with legal turns.
Swimmers must be able to complete 25m butterfly with good technique.
Swimmers should be committed to attending at least two sessions per week.
C Squad entry criteria
Typical entry age is 11+ by the end of the calendar year.
Swimmers should be at current county championship level or with reasonable potential to qualify for the county championships.
Swimmers should be able to swim 200m of three strokes and 200m IM, a 4th legal stroke over 100m, and 400m Freestyle.
Swimmers should be able to execute legal starts and turns, with 3 fly kicks from the wall and good streamlining on freestyle, backstroke and butterfly.
Swimmers are expected to enter the Club Championships, Open Meets and the County Championships, and to swim in the Junior League and Arena League if selected.
Swimmers should already have demonstrated commitment to training and competition, and commit to three training sessions per week in this squad.
B Squad entry criteria
Swimmers aged 12+ by the end of the calendar year.
Swimmers should be at current county level, with reasonable potential to remain at this level or move towards regional level.
Swimmers should be able to swim 200m of all four strokes and IM, 400m freestyle, 400m IM, 800/1500m freestyle.
Swimmers should be able to execute legal starts and turns, with 5 fly kicks from the wall and good streamlining on freestyle, backstroke and butterfly.
Swimmers should already be competing in the Club Championships, Open Meets and the County Championships, and swimming in the Junior League and Arena League if selected.
Swimmers should already have demonstrated commitment to training and competition, and should commit to four training sessions per week in this squad.
A1 squad entry criteria
The typical age for joining A1 squad is 13+
Swimmers must be at county level (i.e. have achieved County Championship qualifying times) in a minimum of one stroke at 200m or 200/400IM, plus one stroke at 50m or 100m or a distance freestyle event (400m to 1500m).
OR have achieved a regional qualifying time in any event, or made a County Championship final in the previous 12 months.
Swimmers should be committed to doing a minimum of 5 swimming sessions per week (recommendation is 6) and 1 land training session per week.
Swimmers must be committed to representing the club whenever selected, and to entering open meets, the County, Regional and National Championships if qualified.
A2 squad is designed for swimmers in the A1 squad who want to reduce the number of sessions they do due to education (typically School Y11) or other commitments but continue to compete at a high level, for example in County/Regional Championships and National League. Swimmers joining the squad from another club would be expected to meet the performance criteria for A1 squad (above). Masters swimmers can also join A2 if they are capable of training with the squad.
Swimmers must be 18 or over, compete regularly in Masters or Senior events, be available for selection for National League and other team galas and be able to train alongside A1 swimmers.
Club / swimfit
Swimmers should be over 21 and wish to use swim training as a means of keeping fit or to complement another sport, such as triathlon. They must be able to do all four strokes, and be able to train for 1-2 hours at a time. Entry may be limited by the space available