Squad & Training Information

 

Intro Squad ($60 per month or $10 per casual session)*

Intro squad is for swimmers who are ready to join the swimming community and start squad swimming. For 7 year olds we offer a Junior Dolphin membership which includes access to fun entry level competitions. 8 year olds and over have access to rookie meets and other fun events, including our Club Nights.

Unlike traditional learn-to-swim lessons, the VPS Intro squad is the starting point for swimmers who want to experience a new dimension of swimming in a club environment. Children learn skills such as swimming in lanes, refine work on their freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke techniques while developing the vital quality of endurance. They are also introduced to butterfly, race dives, freestyle turns, basic breaststroke turns, use of the pacing clock and the training "rules of the pool", understanding swim sets and etiquette of squad training.

Intro squad swimmers must be able to swim 50m freestyle (with flippers if required). Coach Chris will assess each child at their try-out sessions.

Days and times - Intro Squad:

• Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 4:00pm to 5:00pm
• Saturday: 8:00am to 9:00am

 

Intermediate Squad ($70 per month or $10 per casual session)*

For entry to the VPSC Intermediate squad, swimmers are expected to be competent in freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke. Swimmers must be able to swim nonstop 400m Freestyle (including turns) and 100m Individual Medley demonstrating good technique. The main focus of the intermediate squad is to develop endurance and speed, and facilitates the introduction of more advanced skills such as medley turns and bent arm backstroke. At this level, swimmers are encouraged to attend a minimum of 3 sessions per week to build skill development and progression, and to compete at various inter-club and targeted club competitions which are set by the coaching staff each season. Intermediate squad members will have access to dryland training.

Days and times - Intermediate Squad

• Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 4:00pm to 5:00pm
• Wednesday and Friday: 5:30am to 7:00am 
• Saturday: 8:00am to 9:30am

 

Motivation Squad ($80 per month or $12 per casual session)*

This squad caters for older swimmers who enjoy swimming for fitness or low level competition but may not have the time or desire to commit to the intensity of the State Team squad. It is highly suitable for those wishing to supplement other sporting commitments with swimming. Swimmers must be over 12 years and be able to train without frequent intervention. Swimmers can attend up to a maximum of 3 sessions per week. Competing in swim meets is not required for this squad except for club nights and club competitions (Vic Park carnival, club championship day and club pennants). Motivation squad members will have some access to dryland training.

Days and times - Motivation Squad

• Tuesday and Thursday: 5:00pm to 6:30pm
• Monday and Friday: 5:00pm to 6:45pm
• Wednesday: 5:30am to 7:00am
• Saturday: 8:00am to 9:30am

 

State Team Squad ($90 per month)*

For entry to the VPSC State Team squad, swimmers are training with the idea of taking swimming to the next level and to aim for competing at WA State Swimming Championships level or higher. Swimmers are expected to be competent in all four strokes including the appropriate turns and starts. At this level, we stress technique consolidation, fitness development, goal setting and improving race skills. Swimmers are expected to attend at least 4 - 6 sessions per week to maximize skill and potential, and participate in various inter-club and targeted club competitions throughout the season. State squad members will have access to dryland training including gym work and group sessions.

Days and times - State Team Squad

• Tuesday and Thursday: 5:00pm to 6:30pm
• Monday and Friday: 5:00pm to 6:45pm
• Wednesday and Friday 5:30am to 7:00am 
• Saturday: 8:00am to 9:30am

 

Please note the following:

The final allocation of session times / days for swimmers will be after consultation with the coach(es). New VPSC swimmers will need to be assessed to determine ability level. Assessments for all new swimmers take place on Mondays from 4pm with the Head Coach. Those wishing to take up the casual rate must notify the club prior to commencement.

Swimmers who are unable to maintain the recommended training commitment may, after consultation with the head coach be moved to a more suitable squad.

Saturday am sessions may be cancelled when targeted meets and club activities are scheduled. Families will be advised via email and the Facebook group.  It is expected that all swimming members participate in the annual Victoria Park carnival and SWA Club Premierships.

Minimum level for squad is Department of Education Level 5 or equivalent (see here), the coach will assess each swimmer based on the following criteria:

• Age and physiological development of swimmer

• Technical ability of swimmer

• Swimmer’s ability to cope with required volume and intensity of training

 

Equipment Required

Intro and Intermediate Squad require the following:

Motivational and State Squad require the above plus:

 *Discounts apply for 3 or more siblings swimming. The fees do not include pool entry. The fees for pool entry are located on the Towns Website COMMUNITY › LEISURE CENTRES › FEES AND CHARGES

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