Our coaching team provide technical coaching for competitive swimmers. We organise our coaching through a series of squads from the novice, who may have come through our iSwim learn to swim school, to the most competitive of our Swim Squads.
Supporting the technical and endurance swim coaching we offer a programme of dry-side Strength & Conditioning. Also as part of the this process of creating competitive swimmers we encourage our swimmers’ to think about their Nutrition & Hydration needs.
Health and Swimming is another important area for consideration. Conditions like asthma, or which medicine is permissible in competitive swimming, are important but complex issues. If you have any doubts do ask our coaching team or your doctor for advise.
As a competitive swimmer you have to train hard to improve. Your training gradually builds up over a number of years as you progress through the Squads. At first the sessions will seem very much like your swimming lessons. Soon you will be swimming further and faster, learning how to start, turn and finish properly as well as swimming your strokes legally under SwimEngland rules. Along the way you will gain your SwimEngland Competitive Awards.
There is a certain amount of equipment that you will need. Open this document to find out about essential swim gear
Here are a few tips to help you:
- Try to attend all of your training sessions
- Inform your lane coach of any medical problem that may affect your swimming
- Do not swim if you are unwell or injured – let us know about this
- Always come prepared and ready to train hard
- Go to the toilet before your training session starts
- Ensure you have all your poolside equipment (fins, goggles, swim hat, drinks, etc)
- Be poolside 10 minutes before the start of your session to carry out pre water mobility as shown by your lane coach –this will decrease the risk of injury, increase joint mobility and warm up your muscles ready for your session
- Always bring plenty of drink – little and often during training will prevent dehydration
- Make sure you understand which direction your lane should swim. Lanes 1,3 & 5 swim clockwise; lanes 2,4 & 6 swim anti-clockwise
- Do not to sit on the starting blocks during any part of training
- Swim Warm Up slowly with good technique – this ensures you continue to warm up your muscles, stretching them in the right way
- Swim all the way to the end of each length – Do not stop mid length or pull on lane ropes
- Overtake down middle of lane or at either end without causing other swimmers to stop
- If you are being overtaken, move close to the lane rope to give the other swimmer more room to pass you or if at the lane end, give way to that swimmer
- Do not fight for position in the lane – It is more important to complete the set correctly
- Do not pull on other swimmers (legs) to get past – This can cause injury to others
- Complete every set with your very BEST TECHNIQUE and practice your starts and turns every time you swim with fantastic STREAMLINING! Remember Perfect Practice Produces Perfect Performance
- Train at the intensity your lane coach has asked you to and pace yourself accordingly, it is just as important not to go too fast as it is not to go too slow
- Listen to your lane coach who is there to help you, give you good advice and make you a better swimmer. Ask if you do not understand what you have been asked to do
- Learn how to use the pace clock
- Swim Down slowly at the end of your session – this is just as important as warm up and will help avoid muscle stiffness
- Keep the changing rooms, the facilities we use and all other areas clean and tidy
- Eat a small snack and have more to drink after your session – this will help restore energy and avoid dehydration
- If you use one, keep your log book up to date so you can see how you have improved in training and competition