Progression between training groups

Training Groups and Sessions Available

The following is the progression from one training group to the next.   Also given are the sessions available to each group.  All sessions are named in time order – Tuesday first session (Tues.1), Friday second session (Fri.2) – as easy shorthand when communicating session information.

Black – Fri.2 (18.30-19.30); Sat.1 (17.00-18.00).

This is the entry level for all new intake members and it is here that swimmers improve stroke techniques, learn how to train, and gain the skills required for competition swimming.     It also  provides continued development for swimmers that have been with the Club for a while but are not yet ready to progress to the next training group.

Yellow  – Tues.1 (19.00-20.00); Fri.2 (18.30-19.30); Sat.1 (18.00-19.00).

Swimmers need to be efficient in three strokes, be able to dive form the starting blocks and do all turns legally and efficiently (including a flip turn).  Possible selection for Essex Mini League (EML) and unlicensed open meets.

Silver – Tues.1 (19.00-20.00); Fri.1 (17.30-18.30); Sat.2 (18.00-19.00).

For swimmers who are within 5% of two County qualifying times (CQTs).  Selection for EML and Essex Swimming League (ESL) squads and entry into licensed open meets.

Gold – Fri.3 (19.30-20.30); Sat.3 (19.00-20.00).     For swimmers who no longer wish to enter open meets, but will be available for selection to EML and ESL league squads.

County Junior  – Mon.am and Fri.am (6.15-7.30); Tues.2 (20.00-21.00);  Thurs. (19.00-20.00) by invitation; Fri.1 (17.30-19.00); Sat.1 (17.00-18.00).

County Senior – Mon.am and Fri.am (6.15-7.30); Tues.2 (20.00-21.00); Thurs. (19.00-20.00) by invitation; Fri.2 (19.00-20.30); Sat.3 (19.00-20.00)

For those swimmers who have achieved two CQTs and  who are wishing to focus on progressing to the highest levels (Regional and National competitions).

Masters – Fri.3 (19.30-20.30).   For swimmers aged 21 years and over who wish to train  simply for continued fitness, but will be available for selection to EML and ESL league squads.