Youngest, least experienced swimmers.
Typical age: 5-8 years old with 0-2 years competitive swim experience.
Required Skills: Swim the length of the pool unassisted. Follow Coaches' instructions for duration of 30 minute practice session. Rudimentary front crawl (freestyle). Rudimentary backstroke.
Goals: Develop proficiency in freestyle and backstroke. Learn fundamentals of breast and butterfly strokes.
10 & Under
The most populous practice group, with wide range of skill levels.
Typical age: 6-10 years old with 1-4 years of competitive swim experience.
Required Skills: Proficiency in freestyle and backstroke. Rudimentary ability in breast and butterfly strokes. Follow Coaches' instructions, have sufficient physical/mental endurance for duration of 60 minute practice session.
Goals: Develop proficiency in all four strokes. Develop racing skills including: diving starts, flip turns, finishes, individual medley. Physical conditioning.
11 & Over
Most advanced swimmers.
Typical age: 10-18 with 3-10 years of competitive swim experience.
Required Skills: Proficiency in racing all strokes including individual medley. Ability to follow Coaches' instructions, including familiarity with common drills and sets.
Goals: Honing racing skills. Physical conditioning.