Dolphins - All Groups


Swimming Development Squad

'Dolphins' (Green Hats and Black when competing) National Plan for Teaching Swimming stages 6 & 7** LTAD Swim Skills.


Swimmers will be able 'to see the journey' through the club.

To create a sense of belonging/unity within individual squads.

To create an award system that is visual (i.e belts in karate).

Gives the swimmers a goal to attain and then process goals on the 'journey.

The club recognises Effort and Performance when a swimmer is moved up a squad.

Instils discipline i.e. everyone wears a hat! Right hat for the right squad/competition.

Hygiene. Prevents the catching and transfer of head/hair infections.

PLEASE NOTE - The correct squad hat should be worn, not just a coloured one. All squad hats can be purchased from the Club Desk on a Monday night or from Caroline Trestrail.

 


 

Criteria
  1. Attained stage 5 NPTS**

  2. Completed assessment from Swordfish Squad

  3. Own a Kick Board and Fins

  4. For a progression report on what the swimmer needs to be able to do before moving on to the next squad (Dolphins 6) click here

  5. For a progression report on what the swimmer needs to be able to do before moving on to the next squad (Dolphins 7) click here

 Please inform Caroline Trestrail if you cannot attend a specific training session by emailing caroline.trestrail@gmail.com as a matter of courtesy.

 
Training Times - Dolphins 6 - from thursday 7th september
Training Times Total Training Time per Week - 1 Hour 30 Mins
Thursday 7pm - 8pm Redruth
Thursday 5.30pm - 6.30pm Helston (Helston Area Swimmers Only)
Sunday 4pm - 4.30pm Redruth
 
Training Times - Dolphins 7 - from thursday 7th september
Training Times Total Training Time per Week - 1 Hour 30 mins
Thursday 7pm - 8pm Redruth
Thursday 5.30pm - 6.30pm Helston (Helston Area Swimmers Only)
Sunday 4pm - 4.30pm Redruth
 
Equipment Requirements

Kick Board & Fins. Please email Tracey Jolly for further information on specific design.

 
Work Undertaken
  1. Continuing development of long axis stroke and drills

  2. Continuing development of stroke efficiency

  3. Full training and development of breaststroke

  4. Full training and development of the butterfly stroke through broken swims and drills

  5. Understanding of FINA laws covering starts and turns

  6. Understanding the importance of hydration

  7. Introduction to I.M swimming

  8. Continuing advanced sculling techniques

  9. Understanding the use of the pace clock

At the end of this stage (7) participants will be able to:

  • Complete a set lasting 400m (e.g. 16 x 25m) on a specific turnaround time set by the coach   (e.g. 45 sec for each 25m)

  • Swim 800m continuously using Freestyle stroke

  • Kick 25m Backstroke with/without using a board

  • Kick 25m Breaststroke with/without using a board

  • Kick 25m Butterfly with/without using a board

  • Kick 25m Front Crawl with/without using a board

  • Perform a Backstroke turn from 10m in to 15m out

  • Perform a Breaststroke turn from 10m in to 15m out

  • Perform a Butterfly turn from 10m in to 15m out

  • Perform a Front Crawl turn from 10m in to 15m out

  • Perform Diving skills from the shallow end and from a Diving Block at the deep end

  • Complete all Individual Medley Turns appropriate to ASA law

  • Perform all strokes from a Dive in to Underwater Phase into Transition to stroke

  • Tread water out of full reach depth for a minimum of 60 seconds

 
Notes

Speed will not be an issue for this squad

Good form i.e. able to keep and understand good technique, is of greater importance.

Progression to next squad will be judged on a regular basis using the guidelines above.

Although the club have aligned their structure closely mirroring the ASA National Plan for Swimming, Long Term Athletic Development and STA learn to Swim Structures, it has considerably enhanced the criteria and offers extra session days and times to progress the swimmers. This enables a faster track into competent swimming with good technique and if desired a quicker journey into competitive swimming normally starting at age 9 years (Swimmers at CBHSC are invited to Club and Local Gala's at earlier ages according to ability and the level of Gala)

Standards set for each squad will need to be met, which may include commitment to training and maintaining personal records and equipment, before a swimmer can move up a squad. 

Teachers and coaches will monitor the progress and assess the swimmers over a period of weeks.  At the end of this period at a Teacher/Coaches meeting, any swimmer that is at the top end of that assessment will then have a final assessment and if all requirements are met, and the coaches and teachers are in agreement, the swimmer will be awarded their certificate and badge together with an invite to move squad. The squad swimmers who do not fully meet the criteria for progression will receive a report identifying areas that need to be improved if they wish to move squads. All the requirements from the previous squad remain as they move up through the club i.e. equipment, record books etc. A swimmer, who shows rapid advancement while in a squad, may be moved at anytime the teacher feels appropriate, even if all the criteria for movement has not been met, if delay in the opinion of the staff, may adversely affect the progress of the swimmer.