Squad Structure

As a club we aspire to develop our  swimmers to be the best they can possibly be. In order to achieve this we operate a tiered squad structure which tailors training to meet both the swimmers aspirations and their abilities.

We work with our local ‘Learn to Swim’ schemes at both Ribblesdale and Stonyhurst pools, both of whom provide the building blocks for a good swimming technique. Once the swimmers reach level 7 of the ASA scheme they are encouraged to join the Dolphins squad structure.

From the first steps in competitive swimming with our “Dolphins” group, through to our “D1” competition squad, there is a training group to suit all swimmers. The Club is organised into four basic training sections:

Our entry squad is the Dolphins section and this group generally comprised of younger swimmers (7-11yrs) who are starting their journey and will compete in club galas and teams whilst learning what the world of competitive swimming involves.

Once swimmers have mastered the basics of competition swimming they are moved to join our D3 squad. This group focuses on what is required to be a competitive swimmer and they build on the basics and develop their racing techniques. Swimmers in this group are encouraged to enter ‘Open’ galas outside of the club and test their abilities in competition.

The next step is onto our D2 & D1 squads, swimmers in these groups have experienced competition and are looking to improve, with the ultimate aim of attaining county, regional and national qualification times.

We also offer a swim fit squad for swimmers at the end of their competitive journey. This session offers coached sessions for swimmers with a range of aspirations from general fitness to competing in triathlons.