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Learn to Train & Learn To Compete

'After joining the club's Learn To Compete squad, my son's enthusiasm for swimming grew massively and was eager to start entering his first competition. When the time came, transferring from Learn to Train into Competitive Development was straightforward and is now taking his swimming to the next level by learning correct swim technique, legal turns and starts and gradually getting him ready for his first proper swim meet. He loves it!' - Learn to Compete Parent

Lead Coach: Adam Clarkson 

To maintain a fun atmosphere while introducing basic elements of competitive swimming, including the “Competitive Start Award”.

  • Lengths swimming

  • Improve strokes and skills on all four strokes

  • Improve stamina

  • Developing race starts (from the side and from blocks)

  • Developing race turns and transitions

  • Introducing a competitive element


Squad Criteria:

  • Must be able to swim 50m in a recognised stroke and 25m of each stroke to the required standard​

  • Have reached at least Stage 5 of the Swim England Learn to Swim framework (must be assessed from the ECSC adapted framework)


Session Times:

Commitment Level:
These are the squads you have the option of moving to after being in our Swim School.

If the swimmer wants to continue to learn swim skills and complete the learn to swim stages, your child will join Learn to Train (LTT) for one session a week.

If your child is keen to enter competitions and committed to training for 2 sessions a week, then they will join the Learn To Compete (LTC) squad.

Swimming should be one of many activities for the athlete. The swimmer should be team orientated in terms of spirit & attitude. 

Recommended Practice Attendance:
LTT: 1.5 hours per week- 1 session

LTC: 2.5-3.5 hours per week (5 for bridging swimmers)- 2 sessions

Focus competitions:

LTC: Devon Developments (9yr) and fun galas for 8yrs (such as the Dawlish Ribbon gala). Please speak to the lead coach for advice before entering any meets

LTT: Need to join LTC to enter competitions


Equipment list:
Water bottle, kick board, small pull buoy, training fins, kit bag, goggles, swim suit and swim hat.

Please make sure all items are named.

Swimmers also need a green Club swim hat and Club t-shirt for competitions which can be ordered from our Kit Shop

If they want to continue to learn swim skills and complete the learn to swim stages, your child will join Learn to Train (LTT).

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