Competitive Development

'Watching my daughter grow in confidence both in training and at meets has been an amazing experience. The Competitive Development program focuses on the skills started on in Learn to Train and compliments these aspects with increases in fitness and stamina training all throughout the week. Within a couple of months, my daughter's fitness has increased dramatically, enabling her to swim her very best in competitions.' - Clare Hatherley

Lead Coach:  John Bishop

Assistant Coaches: Ian Jones, Helen Townsend, Colin Trudgeon

 

Focus:

Advancing skills, techniques and overall athletic development and preparing for the exciting challenges of competing regularly and begining the journey in competitive swimming.

 

Squad Criteria:

  • Excellent attendance

  • All four strokes legal

  • Capable of legal starts, turns and transitions

  • Able to use basic clock instructions

  • Understand and work from written instructions

  • Achieve good standards in regular “Test sets”

 

Cost: £50 monthly, plus annual membership fee

Session Times:

 

 

Commitment Level:
Swimming should be one of many activities for the athlete. The swimmer should be team orientated in terms of spirit & attitude. Swimmers are expected to enter any Devon Championships that they qualify for in conjunction with their coach’s wishes and to enter Devon Developments. A basic log book of all sessions must be completed.

 

Recommended Practice Attendance: 

4 – 7 hours per week depending on age and ability and in discussion with coach

 

Focus training:
Skills on all strokes, turns and starts
50m, 100, and 200m on all strokes, 400 F/S and 200m and 400m IM

 

Recommended Competitions:
Devon Championships (9yr+), Devon Developments (9yr+), Level 1 – 3 meets. All Inter club competitions.

 

Equipment list:

Large Water bottle, kick board, small pull buoy, fins, Training Snorkel , kit bag, two pairs of goggles and swim hat. Swimmers also need a green Club swim hat and Club t-shirt for competitions.