Members of the Junior 2 squad will experience an increase in the amount and intensity of training they do. Swimmers should attend all the training sessions, if possible. After three to four weeks with all the sessions being attended they will have adapted to this level of training and progression will quickly follow.
This squad includes the following work and expectations;
- Stroke technique on all four competitive strokes, using coach controlled sets and single lap work.
- Stroke drill progressions for all our four competitive strokes, to perform coach controlled sets and single lap work
- Endurance and speed training to prepare the swimmers for the next level
- IM swimming
- Turns for all four competitive strokes and IM
- Starts on all four competitive strokes
- Relay takeovers
- Correct finishes of all the four strokes
- Using pace clock correctly
- Training in a group environment and lane discipline
- Rules of the sport
- Club time trials on a variety of strokes and distances
- Introduction to low-level competition
- Proper warm up and swim down aspects
There are five and three quarter hours of swimming sessions available each week (see Squad Times), the work covered in the Junior 2 Squad will give the aerobic and skill base before their introduction to more, and harder training sets at the next squad level.
By the end of their time in Junior 2 Squad if the swimmer has committed fully to the training regime the following skills will have been acquired:
- 200m Front crawl with tumble turns and bilateral breathing.
- 200m Backstroke with tumble turns.
- 100m Breaststroke with correct underwater pullouts.
- 100m Butterfly with correct turns.
- 200m Individual Medley and turns.
- A competitive racing start.
- Correct finishes on the four competitive strokes.
Please be pool side 10 mins before your session starts
Be prepared for some hard work in the water, training helps you rebuild, remake and regenerate yourself into a swimming machine capable of anything. Your attitude towards your swimming will determine the type of swimmer you become. We need swimmers with personal discipline and application. Do you have those qualities? Think about technique all the time, always come off the wall streamlined, this will allow you to take fewer strokes per length, save your energy and it will make you look like a swimmer!
Have you got the right equipment
You must have the following for every training session
2 Pairs of goggles
- Fins (short ones)
- Pull buoy
- Water bottle
Check your bag well before you leave for your session, don't leave until the last minute and don't trust anyone else to do it for you!
All swimmers under 13 must have a responsible adult present for all training sessions, and the swimmer must know who they are if it's not the parent, in case of emergency.