Swimming Development Squad

'Sharks' (Blue Hats and Black when competing). National Plan for Teaching Swimming stages 8, 9 + 10**  LTAD Swim Skills

Swimmers will be able 'to see the journey' through the club.

To create a sense of belonging/unity within individual squads.

To create an award system that is visual (i.e belts in karate).

Gives the swimmers a goal to attain and then process goals on the 'journey.

The club recognises Effort and Performance when a swimmer is moved up a squad.

Instils discipline i.e. everyone wears a hat! Right hat for the right squad/competition.

Hygiene. Prevents the catching and transfer of head/hair infections.

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.



  1. Completed NPTS stage 7**

  2. Successful completion of all progression tasks from Dolphin

  3. Own Kick board, Pull Buoy and Training Fins

  4. For a progression report on what the swimmer needs to be able to do before moving on to the next squad (Sharks 8) click here

  5.  For a progression report on what the swimmer needs to be able to do before moving on to the next squad (Sharks 9) click here

  6. For a progression report on what the swimmer needs to be able to do before moving on to the next squad (Sharks 10) click here

Please inform either Chris Hall  if you cannot attend a specific training session by emailing  as a matter of courtesy.

Training Times - Sharks - from monday 7th January 2019
Training Times Venue
Monday 6.30pm - 7.30pm Carn Brea Leisure Centre
Wednesday 7.30pm - 8.30pm Carn Brea Leisure Centre
Thursday (SHARKS 8 & 9 ONLY) 5.30pm - 6.30pm Helston
Thursday (SHARKS 10 ONLY) 6.30pm - 7.30pm Helston
Sunday 4.00pm - 6.00pm Helston Leisure Centre


Equipment Requirements

Kick Board, Pull Buoy and Training Fins. Please email Tracey Jolly for further information and specific design.


Work Undertaken
  1. Focus on correct starts and turns for all strokes

  2. Focus on turns for I.M.

  3. Competitive start award

  4. Work on aerobic swimming distances greater than 200m

  5. Work on sprints and speed

  6. Develop short axis strokes through swims and drills

  7. Introduction to galas, competition and timed swims

  8. Pace clock and interval swimming

  9. Introduce importance of self regulation and responsibility of sets

  10. Work on swimming 100/200 I.M.

  11. Competition racing to include medley turns and finishing and takeovers

  12. Taking heart rate

  13. Poolside mobilisation

  14. Introduction to land training

  15. The 5th stroke underwater training

  16. Introduction of over distance swims i.e. 800m 1500m


 At the end of this stage (10) participants will be able to:

  • Complete a set lasting 1600m (either 16 x 100m; 8 x 200m; 4 x 400m) on a coach timed turnaround (e.g. 2.30mins for 100m 5.30 mins for 200m 12 mins for 400m)

  • Swim 2000m + continuously on Freestyle stroke

  • Kick 25m Backstroke with/without using a board

  • Perform a continuous 100m IM kick without using a kick board

  • Swim a continuous 200m IM using legal turns

  • Perform a 15m under water Butterfly kick on back or front in streamlined position

  • Perform a Front Crawl relay take over  as an incoming Swimmer

  • Perform a Front Crawl relay take over  as an outgoing Swimmer

  • Complete a Timed 20 minute test attaining a minimum distance of 1000m

  • Complete a Competitive Start Award from a  diving block at both ends of the pool

  • Demonstrate accurate use of the Pace clock and Heart Rate Monitoring



Times for swims will be an issue for this squad.

Good form i.e. able to keep and understand good technique is of great importance.

Progression to the next squad will be judged by a coach not taking this squad on a regular basis using the guidelines above.

Swimmers in this squad who wish to progress to a performance level must begin to enter club and local gala's to attain a record of times for strokes and distances.

A more subjective view by the coaching staff will be sought for moving a swimmer forward into the Junior Squad and may not be compliant on attaining all the above criteria.

Please note: All shark squad members will be invited to move to the Junior Squad once they reach 13 years of age.

Although the club have aligned their structure closely mirroring the ASA National Plan for Swimming, Long Term Athletic Development and STA learn to Swim Structures, it has considerably enhanced the criteria and offers extra session days and times to progress the swimmers. This enables a faster track into competent swimming with good technique and if desired a quicker journey into competitive swimming normally starting at age 9 years (Swimmers at CBHSC are invited to Club and Local Gala's at earlier ages according to ability and the level of Gala)

Standards set for each squad will need to be met, which may include commitment to training and maintaining personal records and equipment, before a swimmer can move up a squad. 

Teachers and coaches will monitor the progress and assess the swimmers over a period of weeks.  At the end of this period at a Teacher/Coaches meeting, any swimmer that is at the top end of that assessment will then have a final assessment and if all requirements are met, and the coaches and teachers are in agreement, the swimmer will be awarded their certificate and badge together with an invite to move squad. The squad swimmers who do not fully meet the criteria for progression will receive a report identifying areas that need to be improved if they wish to move squads. All the requirements from the previous squad remain as they move up through the club i.e. equipment, record books etc. A swimmer, who shows rapid advancement while in a squad, may be moved at anytime the teacher feels appropriate, even if all the criteria for movement has not been met, if delay in the opinion of the staff, may adversely affect the progress of the swimmer.