Squad Swimming

Squad Focus on performance, development, endurance and technique.

Squad swimming lessons These levels offer more advanced progression of the competitive strokes, working on speed, stamina and techniques such as dives, turn and finishes


As our swimmers progress through the stages teaching becomes coaching. Squad swimming is aimed at young swimmers who are looking to keep fit, or continue their swimming towards becoming a competitive swimmer.

At the end of our squad swimming swimmers will be able to swim a minimum of 400m+, understand and be able to swim all four competitive strokes. Use correct starts and turns relating to the strokes, and have a clear understanding of other activities, We to produce a rounded swimmer, who can then decide whether to swim for fun, fitness, competition or move into a more specific water based activity. 


We have two time trial events a year to see how you are progressing. We also work closely with Eastbourne Swimming Club if you are good enough to compete at county level.




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Stages

Stage 1-4 completed in Swim school

Stage 5

Skills to Develop:

  • Review stage 4 skills
  • Tread water for 30 seconds
  • Bilateral breathing – front crawl
  • Race diving
  • Continue to develop fly kick (undulation )
  • Introduction to breaststroke timing
  • Water safety tips

Pass Criteria/Badges:

  • 10 metres breaststroke (no timing required)
  • 50 metres backstroke
  • 25 metres front crawl (bi-lateral breathing)

Stage 6

Skills to Develop:

  • Review stage 5 skills
  • Introduction to butterfly (arms/legs)
  • Breaststroke leg kick & timing
  • Introduction to all turns
  • Racing dive
  • Tumble turn

Pass Criteria/Badges:

  • 100 metres backstroke
  • 50 metres front crawl
  • 25 metres breaststroke with good timing

Stage 7

Skills to Develop:

  • Review stage 6 skills
  • Full butterfly (full timing not required)
  • Introduction to all turns
  • Swimming terminology (e.g. I.M.)
  • Safe dives
  • Water safety tips

Pass Criteria/Badges:

  • 200 metres backstroke1
  • 100 metres front crawl
  • 100 metres breaststroke
  • 10 metres butterfly (no timing required)

Stage 8

Skills to Develop:

  • Review stage 7 skills
  • Butterfly timing
  • Racing turns
  • Racing dive
  • Personal best goals & times
  • Water safety tips

Pass Criteria/Badges:

  • 400 metres backstroke
  • 200 metres front crawl
  • 200 metres breaststroke
  • 25 metres butterfly

Stage 9

Skills to Develop:

  • Review stage 8 skills
  • Personal best times & goals
  • Full I.M. turns & starts
  • Review all stokes
  • Body posture
  • Starts & turns – all strokes

Pass Criteria/Badges:

  • 100 metres I.M.
  • 400 metres front crawl
  • 400 metres breaststroke
  • 50 metres butterfly

Stage 10

Skills to Develop:

  • Review stage 9 skills
  • Personal best times & goals
  • Body posture
  • I.M. turns
  • Starts & turns – all strokes

Pass Criteria/Badges:

  • 200 metres I.M.
  • 800 metres front crawl
  • Race dive & turns
  • Swimming squad