Our teaching groups start from Group 1 (for non-swimmers) and go all the way to Group 7 (for capable swimmers able to swim all four strokes and confident in the water).
Each group has assessment criteria to be achieved before a swimmer can move into the next group. Assessments will be carried out approximately every ten weeks, by the current group teacher. Assessment guides are different for each group. Occasionally, if a swimmer exceeds the assessment criteria for their current group before the planned assessment date then an individual assessment may be carried out if there is a space in the planned ‘move to’ group. After every assessment, groups will be checked for spaces and priority will be given to internal swimmers in order of ability shown against the given criteria. Then the remaining spaces will be filled by new swimmers who have been separately assessed and put on the waiting list. View our Teaching Groups Timetable.
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When swimmers have completed the teaching stages they may decide whether to stay with competitive swimming and enter the Competitive Squads or change to Water Polo.
These squads are for those who wish to commit further to swimming and compete individually as well as for the club teams. The pathway swimmers take is a joint decision between coaches, swimmer and parents/guardians but generally follows this route: Group 7 > Junior Development Squad or Junior Advanced Squad (this decision is based on age and abilities). From then on, swimmers will go Junior Advanced Squad > Junior Competitive Squad > Junior Elite Squad > Senior Competitive Squad > Senior Elite Squad.
Assessments of squad swimmers is undertaken by the senior coaches and the criteria for each squad are well defined. Squad moves are regulated as per our Squad Moves Guidelines. View our Squads Timetable.
Masters swimming is swimming for adults from the age of 18 years. It encompasses the whole range of ability from casual fitness swimming to highly organised competitive swimming. It can help you if you are trying to get fit, improve your health, improve your swimming skills or compete in Masters competitions. Swimming is an ideal activity for all ages. Being non-impact, there is little strain on the joints. As an aerobic exercise, it is good for breathing and circulation.