Gold Squad

J Squad

J Squad (JASI Squad) is the first of the training squads where swimmers continue to develop stroke ability and quality.  The programme follows a seasonal format rather than by term and is based upon the type of training sessions they will do in the higher squads, preparing them to race through the season.  The work is designed to stimulate and educate, developing the swimmers fitness and interest in the sport.  This includes a variety of different types of sets aimed to improve endurance, speed and natural strength in all strokes while keepting improving stroke skills, turns and dives.



Swimmers in this squad are capable of racing 100m of freestyle, backstroke and breaststoke, showing good form, as well as the 200 individual medley.



Training Sessions:  J Squad swimmers aim to make 3 or more sessions per week.

Promotion:  Swimmers gain promotion to C Squad when all J Squad assessments are completed.

Equipment Required:  Togs, 2 pair of goggles, towel, fins and pull buoy.

Competition Level:  Splash Nights, Junior Carnivals, Local inter-club meets, Canterbury Championships, South Island Country & Town Meet.

C Squad

C Squad (Canterbury Squad), is an extension of J Squad.  The sessions continue to develop the skill acquisition of the simmwers and targets these swimmers on the qualification for the Canterbury Champs, South Island Country and Town Meet and National Junior Championships.  Swimmers should be developing their strokes to a high level of aptitude and be able to race all strokes, including medley events and distances from 50-800m, with good style and proficiency.  Morning training is encouraged (once per week) and a variety of training techniques and sessions are used aiming to bring out the best in their swimming ability.



Training Sessions:  C Squad swimmers aim to make 4 or more sessions per week.

Promotion:  Swimmers gain promotion to JAG Squad when 7 out of 8 C Squad assessments are passed.

Equipment Required:  Togs, 2 pairs of goggles, towel, fins and pull buoy.

Competition Level:  Canterbury Championships, Junior National Championships.

JAG Squad

All JAG Squad Swimmers (Junior Agr Group) compete and follow a seasonal programme targeting specific regional and national meets.  Swimmers in this squad are competent in competing in all strokes and distances with the technical skills to compete with confidence. 



While good stroke quality and technical correctness are still very important in this squad, the work is more challenging and uses a variety of different types of sets and intensities aimed at developing good all round fitness.



Training Sessions:  JAQ squad swimmers aim to make 5 or more sessions per week.

Promotion:  When a swimmer achieves the combined racing and training targets set for the squad the head coach will invite them to move up to A Squad at the appropriate time.

Equipment Required:  2 pairs of goggles, towel, training kit bag with fins, finger paddles and pull buoy.

Competition Level:  Canterbury Championships, South Island Championships, National Junior or National Div II Championships.

A Squad

The A Squad (Age Group) aim for 3 peaks per year targeting regional championships and the National Age Group Championships with selection to the regional and national squads along with squad promotion targets.



Swimmers compete over a variety of strokes and distances, although they may begin to get a preference for a particular stroke and distance.  Training becomes more individualised and swimmers are introduced to land work which is aimed to develop felexibility, muscle balance and postural strength.  Swimmers are expected to train one or two morning sessions per week as well as doing all the evening sessions available.  Swimmers will learn the concepts of economy of effort and tactical skills to meet their training and racing needs.



Training Sessions:  Aim to make 6 or more sessions per week.

Promotion:  When a swimmer achieves the combined racing and training tagets set for the squad the head coach wil invite them to more up to Youth Squad at the appropriate time.

Equipment Required:  2 pairs of goggles, towel, training kit bag with fins, ankle band, pull buoy, finger pads and paddles (check with coach before getting paddles).

Competition Level:  Canterbury Championships, South Island Championships, National Age Group Championships and Short Course Championships.

Youth Squad

The swimmers follow a two week peak per year programme aimed at peaking to compete at the National Age Groups and National Short Course Championships, while also striving for regional and national squad selection.



Swimmers compete over a variety of strokes and distances though there is an increasing focus on their main events as training targets and goals are more individualised.



Training Sessions:  Aim to make 7 or more sessions per week.

Promotion:  When a swimmer achieves the combined racing and training tagets set for the squad the Head Coach will invite them to move up to National Squad at the appropriate time.

Equipment Required:  2 pairs of goggles, towel, training kit bag with fins, ankle band, pull buoy, finger pads and paddles (check with coach before getting paddles).

Competition Level:  National Age Group Championships and Short Course Championships.

National Squad

This is the top Squad and swimmers who train in this squad are striving to reach the top of their performance capabilities.  They have shown the ability and the commitment to face the demands of training for National and International events.



Swimmers have developed a greater understanding of what is required to produce top training and racing performances and aim to put all those skills together to fulfil their potential.  Swimmers will get access to extra sessions and back up which their training and racing performances demand.



Training is aimed to peak at the National Open Championships and International competition.  Swimmers follow a more individualised programme based upon their specific events.



Training Sessions:  9 sessions per week

Equipment Required:  2 pairs of goggles, towel, training kit bag with fins, ankle band, pull buoy, finger pads and paddles (check with coach before getting paddles).

Competition Level:  Open National and International meets aiming for selection for Regional and National teams and squads.