Runnymede Swimming Club operates 3 levels of training squad to provide clear aspirational targets for swimmers as they progress. Clearly it is important that a swimmer’s progression does not outstrip their ability, and therefore promotion to the next level is strictly at the discretion of the coaches. However, places in each of the squads are regularly assessed and swimmers are promoted frequently.
For more information on the club, its ethos, its commitment to the swimmers and its expectations of swimmers in return, please see our club pages above.
The Development Squad is usually a swimmer’s first experience of focussed and structured swim training. Once basic swimming techniques and stamina have been developed through our excellent Swim School, swimmers are introduced to the Development Squad where they can expand their skills to other strokes and start to work on that all important stamina and self-motivation.
The Development Squad is split into two smaller squads, based on ability level; Silver and Gold.
Silver Development Squad
Guideline entry criteria for Silver Development Squad are:
- Skills as per NPTS Level 5
- Able to swim 25m front crawl
- A commitment to attending a minimum of 2 sessions per week
3 Silver Development Squad sessions are available each week, a total of up to 2.5 hours per week swimming time
Gold Development Squad
Guideline entry criteria for the Gold Development Squad are:
- Able to swim 6 sets of 50m front crawl in 1 minute 15 seconds each
- Able to complete an ASA legal (including turns) 100m Individual Medley, agreed by 2 coaches
- Able to demonstrate effective and efficient streamlining on push-off from the pool wall
- Able to dive into deep end in a racing style
- A commitment to attending a minimum of 3 sessions per week, including the morning session
4 Gold Development Squad sessions are available each week, a total of up to 3.5 hours per week swimming time
The Junior Squad represents a step up from the Development Squads in the nature and length of the training sessions. Swimmers will be expected to be more independent, self-motivated and willing to just get on with the training. Swimmers in the Junior Squad have one eye on the Senior Squad, with an aspiration to achieve.
Guideline entry criteria for the Junior Squad are:
- Able to swim 6 sets of 50m front crawl in 1 minute each, including an effective turn
- Qualified for the ASA Dive Award at both the deep and shallow end of the pool
- Able to complete an ASA legal (including turns) 200m Individual Medley, agreed by 2 coaches
- Able to demonstrate an ASA legal Backstroke turn
- A commitment to compete at an appropriate level in club-approved competition, including team galas
- A commitment to attending a minimum of 3 sessions per week, including one morning
4 Junior Squad sessions are available each week, a total of up to 6 hours per week swimming time
** NOTE: All sessions are at Runnymede Swimming Pool except for those marked with a double asterisk which are at the Basildon Sporting Village (50m pool). Sessions at the Basildon Sporting Village require an additional payment and are strictly by Head Coach invitation only.
This squad is for swimmers who want to train to keep fit but perhaps not compete in galas.
3 available sessions:
Whilst there is a clear progression path to reach the Senior Squad, it is even more important here than the other squads that the swimmer is ready to take the step up. Therefore promotion to the Senior Squad is very much at the discretion of the coaches.
As you will see from the training times below, being a member of the Senior Squad is a significant step-up in commitment both from the swimmer and the parents. This is not to be taken lightly.
Guideline entry criteria for the Senior Squad are:
- Able to swim 8 sets of 100m front crawl in 1 minute 40 seconds each, with a minimum of 10 seconds rest on each repeat. This must be on a regular basis.
- Able to complete an ASA legal (including turns) 200m Individual Medley in less than 3 minutes
- A commitment to compete regularly at appropriate level of club-approved competition, including team galas
- A commitment to attending a minimum 4 sessions per week, which will include mornings
6 available sessions – 10.25 hours per week
There is an additional weekly Land training session which is advised separately.
NOTE: There is a monthly session which takes place at the Basildon Sporting Village (50m pool). Sessions at the Basildon Sporting Village require an additional payment and are strictly by Head Coach invitation only.
Monthly Log Sheets can be downloaded HERE!
Moving in and around these three squads is our Competition Squads. The Competition Squads are merely an extension of their respective Junior and Senior squads designed for swimmers with at least one County qualifying time (excluding 50m events) in their respective age groups who wish to train and compete in various open galas. Positions in the Competition Squads are allocated by our coaching team and are based on ability, age and last but far from least, the swimmer’s dedication to both the sport of swimming and Runnymede Swimming Club.
The Masters sessions are for swimmers over 18-years old of all abilities, providing lanes for the social swimmer, up to the full competitive swimmer undertaking a structured training program. There are 2 evening sessions dedicated to Masters swimming, but this does not stop the more competitive older swimmer from training with the full squads if they wish to.
Runnymede runs a very successful SwimAbility Squad for swimmers with learning difficulties and/or physical disabilities. Please visit our dedicated SwimAbility pages for more information.