County Performance Squad

Swimming Squad

'County Performance Squad' (Pale Blue Hats and Black when competing). (CAT 2 Swimmers Only). LTAD Training to Compete.

  1. Minimum 3x County Qualifying times for your age - freestyle events (sprint 50m or 100m), distance (200m, 400m, 800m girls and 1500m boys), 200 form stroke (NOT freestyle), 50m sprint (NOT freestyle) and a 200m or 400m IM. OR-
  2. A Regional consideration qualifying time in any stroke or distance.
  3. Regular attendance at Level 1, 2 or 3 meets
  4. Compete in ALL EVENTS and DISTANCES on a regular basis.
  5. To continue to actively participate in Long Course 50m Pool Training and Land Training plus other training opportunities within the club.
  6. Be on poolside least 10 - 15 minutes before the start of the session to mobilise.


Meaningful training can be interpreted as training with a sports club/professional or other activity where the effort of work is sustained for a period greater than 30 minutes and at a level to induce a significant progression in either fitness or technique. This does NOT include school P.E. activities.

For swimmers driven and proactive to achieve the highest of their ability, and aiming for the highest level of competitions.

Swimmers will be utilizing the complete balance programme tailored for this level of development in accordance with Long Term Athlete Development. Swimmers within this squad will be required to actively attend their current swimming commitment. To continue to actively participate in the long course training and land training plus other training opportunities within the club.

There is no attendance criteria. Attending as many sessions as possible will help you achieve you personal goals and be the best you can possibly be. It has been proven that the more time a swimmer is training then the more likelihood is that they will achieve their goal to become the best that they can. However this responsibility is up to the swimmer, the less attendance, the less progression and ultimately regression.

This squad is a test of your commitment and attitude and if taken seriously it will take you forward in your swimming career.  Monitoring by the coaches on your ability to complete the training session, your attendance, commitment and attitude within the training sessions will be ongoing. Any swimmer who fails to meet the required number of sessions without confirmation of illness, fatigue or examination on 3 weeks in any 12 week period shall be required to meet with the Head Coach and may as a result be transferred to an alternative squad.

Swimmers can join this squad at any time at the discretion of the Lead Coach.

PLEASE NOTE - The correct squad hat should be worn, not just a coloured one. All squad hats can be purchased from the Club Desk on a Monday night or from Caroline Trestrail.


Targeted Meets that swimmers in this squad are expected to attend are:-

CBHSC L2 Open Meet - October / Bodmin L3 Open Meet - November / CBHSC Invitational L3 - December / Plymouth L3 Christmas Meet - December / CCASA Counties L2 - February / Bristol Hengrove L1 - April / ASA SW Regionals - April - May / Plymouth Non National Qualifiers Meet - July / ALSO all Club Championships and Local Cornwall Meets. CDSSL and Arena League IF selected.

Note:  Swimmers throughout the County Performance Squad programme will be ideally looking to continue through to the clubs Regional/National Performance Squad programme. Swimmers will be offered to transfer fully to this squad when targets are achieved and both the County Performance squad coach and the Head Coach agree to the progression.

Please inform Michael Kent if you cannot attend a specific training session by emailing as a matter of courtesy.

Pool Training Times - from monday 7th january 2019
Training Times Venue
Monday* 6.15am - 7.15am Carn Brea Leisure Centre
Monday (LAND TRAINING) 7.00pm - 7.25pm Carn Brea Leisure Centre
Monday 7.30pm - 8.30pm Carn Brea Leisure Centre
Tuesday 6.00pm - 8.00pm Helston Leisure Centre
Wednesday* 6.15am - 7.15am Carn Brea Leisure Centre
Friday* 6.15am - 7.15am Carn Brea Leisure Centre
Friday 7.00pm - 8.30pm Carn Brea Leisure Centre
Friday (LAND TRAINING) 8.30pm - 9.00pm Carn Brea Leisure Centre
Sunday (LAND TRAINING) 5.30pm - 6.00pm Carn Brea Leisure Centre
Sunday 6.00pm - 7.30pm Carn Brea Leisure Centre

* 3 x1 hour extra morning sessions are open to all junior squads and above.


Equipment Requirements

Kick Board, Training Snorkel, Finger Paddles, Hand Paddles, Pull Buoy, Training Fins and Foam RollerEmail Tracey Jolly for further information and specific design.

  • Volume based training for PHV.
  • Technical skills and drills for all 5 strokes.
  • Interval based training, pace swims, builds, negative split swims descending sets, basic swimming speeds, pacing and over distance swims.
  • Monitoring training, testing for progression.
  • Sprints and relay training.
  • Focus on correct technique, skills and drills.
  • Focus on correct starts, turns and finishes.
  • An understanding of the different competitions and LTAD Pathway in British Swimming Gala's and Open Meets, Development, County, Regional and National Events.

Swimmers joining the Regional/National Performance Squad programme must be aware of the minimum standards and criteria ! However the swimmers current level of commitment in the County Performance Squad may be maintained for a period of time agreed by the swimmer, Head Coach and Parent/Carer. After this agreed period of adaptation the full criteria of the Regional/National Performance Squad programme must be met by the swimmer. Failure to do so will result in a move to the County Performance Squad or Club Squad.

Junior Squad or Senior Club

If competing at a high level is not what you want, however, you still want to compete and maintain your fitness through swimming you can join the either the Junior Squad or Senior Club Squad and continue with your training, if you wish to join one of the performance squads at a later date you still have the option. Generally, the Senior Club Squad will be for swimmers approximately 12 years plus, taking into account those children who want to reduce the commitment to training when they enter Year 7 at secondary school.