Qualifying Times 
County
Qualifiers:430 
Regional
Qualifiers:112 
Short Course:


Shop at Allens of Kingsbury
link to Swim England
link to Swim Mark
link to British Swimming
link to West Midlands Swimming
link to Coventry & District Swimming
link to Warwickshire ASA
Blythe Barracudas Swimming Club
[ Log In ]

The Club's group structure will be reviewed periodically in consultation with the ​Head Coach. The groups are designed to enable swimmers to progress throughout their swimming career, progressively increasing the skills, number of training hours and mileage. To progress from one squad to another a basic minimum requirement must be met across all squad swimmers:

  • Achieve the squads minimum attendance target for at least 3 consecutive months
  • Achieving the squads individual targets and demonstrating the ability to meet the squads compulsory/key training elements
  • Be actively competing in the squads target galas
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude to training and competing

If a swimmer meets the minimum requirement, squad progression is based on the coaches assessment of a swimmers ability to cope with the increased training and skill level required in the next squad. Some swimmers will be invited to train in the higher squad once a week to determine if they can reach the desired standard before a permanent move is made. All children progress at different rates and the coaches only move swimmers when they are ready and in accordance with the ASA's Long Term Athletic Development plan.

Training Essentials

  • Arrive in plenty of time
  • Arrive with a positive attitude!
  • Be fully hydrated before training
  • Have with you two pairs of trunks/costumes
  • 2 pairs of goggles
  • 2 swim hats (if worn)
  • Drink bottles - fluid intake is important during training!
  • Kick Board
  • Pull Buoy
  • Fins

As you progress through the squads more training aids will be required.

  • Additional Junior + Senior Performance Training aids – Paddles, finger paddles and snorkels will also be used.

General

  • Inform the squad coach if you cannot attend training and make up that session the following week.
  • During school exams discuss with your coach if you cannot make certain sessions over a period of time.

Senior Performance Squad

The main objective of this squad is to train to compete at the highest achievable level. This requires commitment from the swimmer, parents or guardian, and the coach towards training, attendance and land based exercises. There are 7 sessions available for squad swimmers each week. Swimmers must train 4 or more times per week. Attendance is vital if swimmers are to reach their individual and the squad's potential. Each swimmer's progress, attendance and commitment level are reviewed periodically and every three months, if necessary, squad changes will be made by the coach in consultation with the swimmer.

  Compulsory training elements are:

  • Minimum of 4 sessions per week 
  • Support squad training and competition program.
  • Have a positive and forward looking attitude to training and competition.

Targets are:

  • Midland District QTs, National Age group QTs, British National QTs
  • Weekly mileage of 30,000 Metres upward
  • Maximum 12 competitions per year
  • Compete to within 3% of PB

Junior Performance Squad

The main purpose of this squad is to develop the aerobic system and skills to prepare for training in the Senior Performance Squad. There are 7 sessions available for squad swimmers each week. Swimmers at this level should be looking to make a minimum of ​4 sessions per week. Each swimmer's progress, attendance and commitment level are reviewed periodically and every three months, if necessary, squad changes will be made by the coaching staff.

Compulsory training elements are:

  • Attend a minimum of 4 sessions per week
  • Support squad training and competition program.
  • Understand and know stroke counting
  • Understand stroke rates
  • Have the ability to use the pace clocks

Targets are:

  • Level 2 QTs, Midland District QTs, National Age Group QTs
  • Entry into district and county competitions
  • Maximum of 12 competitions per year
  • Sound technique on all four strokes
 

Juniors

The main purpose of this squad is to give all swimmers a sound aerobic development on all four strokes that will continue throughout their swimming career. Each swimmer's progress, attendance and commitment level are reviewed periodically and every three months, if necessary, squad changes will be made by the coach in consultation with the swimmer. Swimmers in this squad may be invited to train with Junior Performance squad once a week when both coaches feel that the individual concerned will benefit.

Key training elements are:

           
  • Understand stroke counting
  • Have the ability to use the pace clocks
  • Be competent on starts and turns

Targets are:

  • County QTs
  • Entry into open meets and county competitions
  • Aerobic development on all four strokes

Development Group

Swimmers who wish to progress from lessons will start in the Development Group is to establish basic stroke principles as well as awareness of water safety which can be further developed as the individual progresses. Two sessions per week are recommended for this group . Each swimmer's progress, attendance and commitment level are reviewed periodically and every three months, if necessary, squad changes will be made by the coach in consultation with the swimmer.

Senior Development

Offering a training alternative for squad swimmers during the busy school years 11, 12 and 13 with a view to retaining these swimmers within the sport and also the competitiveness of our older age groups. Also for those swimmers wishing to swim for fitness.