The program is designed for swimmers who have achieved the basic fundamental movement skills.

Sessions are sport skill specific, with emphasis on basic endurance development.

Swimmers in this squad are steered toward swimming the 100m individual medley and 200m freestyle events.

Entry Requirements

  • Positive attitude, show enthusiasm to progress and good level of self discipline
  • Correct basic stroke technique (a disability is not a problem)
  • Must be able to commit to attending all sessions available


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

  • Abide to Swim England "Code of Conduct" at all times
  • Good, consistent attendance
  • Always punctual, with all swimming equipment

Aims of the program

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

  • Advanced stroke and skill technique development
  • Starting, turning & finishing techniques
  • How to train effectively (warming up and swimming down, clock reading and basic lane discipline)
  • Swimming endurance and basic speed
  • To develop the skills necessary to train and perform at this level and to ensure they have a sound foundation for the training required at the level above
  • To build the swimmers discipline and commitment level
  • Introduce simple rules and ethics of sport


This equipment is used in competitive swimming training sessions and helps to become a better swimmer.

  • Swimwear: girls - one piece costume (no need to buy 'Racing suits')
  • 500ml water bottle
  • Kick board (standard size/shape)
  • Pull-buoy (standard size/shape)
  • Fins - preferably FINIS Long Floating Fin Senior or any other brand with a slightly longer blade (do not buy Speedo BioFUSE Training Fin or any short fins)

Extras: Flip flops, mesh bag, towel, body wash.

All equipment should be clearly named.