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Long Term Athletic Development: FUNdamentals 

As a member of Academy swimmers should be able to:

  • Attend at least one (ideally two) sessions a week.

  • Perform two strokes to ASA standards and can enter and leave the pool safely.

  • Have reached a Level 5 stage of the National Plan for Teaching Swimming or equivalent.

  • Have a positive attitude to training, both technically and physically.

  • Have sufficient mental and physical development to train at a low level.

  • Have a desire to learn to be a competitive swimmer.


The aim of this squad will be to:

  • Provide an introduction to competition rules.

  • Provide an introduction to low level competition situations.

  • Provide a sound base of fundamental techniques across all strokes and skills.

  • Introduce basic training skills such as the use of stroke counting and stroke drills.

  • Increase stamina and introduce pace training.

  • Provide aerobic and short sprint training.

  • Develop an understanding of the What?, Why?, and How? of swimming.

  • Ideally complete a Competitive Start Award.

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