At Clayfield Swimming, we offer a progressive squad structure that allows swimmers to develop at their own pace and in line with their personal motivation for the sport. Squad training is a great way to make friends, while also greatly benefiting those participating in school swimming meets. It has a great benefit across multiple sports due to the low impact on the body and thus a great sport to use in the development of Aerobic Capacity.
WE OFFER AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE EACH SWIMMER CAN EXPRESS THEIR MOTIVATION FOR SWIMMING!
If a swimmer simply wants to swim to keep fit and enjoy the squad atmosphere, we can offer that through our Development, Junior, Target State and Adult Squads. There are no attendance requirements for these squads.
If a swimmer is motivated to become a State Qualifier or National Finalist, we offer opportunities for these athletes through our Junior State, Senior State and Performance Squads. These squads do have minimum attendance requirements.
Below is a brief description of each squad. All squads run year round and swimmers must be a registered member of Clayfield Swimming to compete in the squad program.
Swimmers join our Development squad once they have completed all the levels at their local Swim School. Most swimmers in this squad will be between 8 and 10yrs old.
This squad builds on distance and strength in freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke whilst refining racing skills. Swimmers in this squad are also encouraged to compete in Development swim meets throughout the year.
Swimmers are encouraged to attend 2 to 3 sessions per week and require fins, kickboard, pull buoy and a snorkel
These swimmers are aged between 9 – 12 yrs old and are developing into competitive swimmers across all 4 strokes. Swimmers in Juniors are developing their race skills (faster turns, faster starts) and are encouraged to compete at various meets throughout the season. These swimmers will also be introduced to inter club competitions.
Although the focus remains on technical development in the Junior Squad and foundational skills, the swimmer will be introduced to training sets and must have a clear understanding of how to use the pace clock.
Swimmers are encouraged to attend 3 to 4 sessions per week and require fins, kickboard, pull buoy and a snorkel.
Junior State Squad
Swimmers in the Junior State Squad are aged between 10 to 12 yrs and have or are very close to attaining a Queensland State Swimming Qualifying time. They are developing their race skills as well as their fitness and strength with sessions that run longer than the Development Squad. This squad does have a minimum entry and attendance requirement and swimmers who join this squad have made competitive swimming their short and long term goal.
Swimmers must commit to 5 sessions a week and require fins, kickboard, pull buoy, paddles and a snorkel.
Target State Squad
Swimmers in the Target Squad are aged 13+ and are working to attain a Queensland State Swimming Qualifying time or may be swimming for fitness only. There is no requirement for this squad other than age, and the focus is on skill and aerobic development.
Swimmers are encouraged to attend 3-4 sessions per week and require fins, kickboard, pull buoy, paddles and a snorkel.
Senior State Squad
Swimmers in the Senior Squad will have obtained a Queensland State Swimming Qualifying time and are 13+. In this squad there is a more serious focus on competitive swimming and the training program is geared towards performance. As a result the expectations of swimmers in this squad are also much higher. For more information on the requirements of this squad, please contact Head Coach Alex Webb.
Swimmers must commit to at least 6 sessions per week and require fins, kickboard, pull buoy, paddles and a snorkel.
For more information on this squad please contact Coach Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org.