Performance A

When swimmers reach the Performance A squad they are introduced to more types of training sets.

The workloads and expectations increase significantly in this squad compared with Performance B. They are exposed to an increase in hours, distance and level of competition.

Within the squad some swimmers will show a preference towards specific events. Although the swimmer may have a favourite event, they will be expected to train in other strokes, as they complement each other.

Swimmers in this squad are steered toward swimming the 400m IM and personal specific events.

In this squad swimmers prepare to race at county and regional level and to qualify for nationals in their age group.

Entry Requirements

  • Positive attitude, show enthusiasm to progress and good level of self discipline
  • Emotionally able to cope with greater demands from training when asked, e.g. intensity, effort, commitment
  • Appropriate level of fitness (e.g 20x100m freestyle @1min40)
  • Must be able to commit to attending a minimum of 6 sessions per week on a regular basis
  • Make competitive swimming their main extracurricular or main sport as a commitment to the sport
  • Knows performance/qualification standards for key events at the next level.
  • Has Regional qualifying times for events greater than 50m distance


All swimmers must meet the following expectations to maintain their position in the squad:

  • Abide to Swim England "Code of Conduct" at all times
  • Always punctual, carrying out a pre-pool land based activity to warm up
  • Minimum of 5 pool sessions per week on a regular basis
  • Availability to represent the club in competitions (see League Selection Policy)
  • Perform at Regional & County Championships (if qualified)
  • Regular competitions

Aims of the program

The program goals include (but are not limited to):

  • Develop and improve stroke technique on all four competitive strokes
  • Develop advanced stroke drill progressions for all four competitive strokes
  • Develop advanced physical, technical, tactical skills
  • Master starts, turns, and finishes on all four competitive strokes and IM turns
  • Extend knowledge and experience in competitive swimming
  • Speed, power and strength development
  • Development of autonomy, independence and individual responsibility
  • Develop specific stretching. Maintenance of flexibility
  • Develop an individualisation of skills: ‘personal style’
  • Promote personal responsibility and involvement in decision-making
  • Increased knowledge on hydration and nutrition