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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 

Learn to compete squad has a structured teaching and coaching programme designed to enable swimmers who are ready to take the next step from a swimming teaching environment towards competitive swimming. The aim of this squad is to develop the basic swimming skills needed to be a competitive swimmer and is based around Swim Englands Optimal Athlete Development Framework (OADF). 
The focus of this squad is to work on developing an efficient technique, good and correct starts, turns in all strokes, including individual medley, and basic training methods, in a fun and friendly environment. 

Swimmers must attend minimum sessions per week set up by the Lead Coach. 

  • 7-10 years old maximum age (on 31 December) when accepted to Learn to Compete squad 

  • Attending a minimum 2 sessions of the 3 sessions a week


To join this squad a swimmer must be able to perform:

3 x 100 FS with 30 sec rest

4 x 50 kick with fins on 1:30 

4x 50 kick in IM order with 20/30 sec rest

200 choice swim 

  • 100m FRONT CRAWL technically correct, according to the FINA swimming rules.

  • 100m BACKSTROKE and 100m BREASTSTROKE technically correct, according to the FINA swimming rules.

  • 50m BUTTERFLY with a basic technique.

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