Training Sessions


Monday
Land Training
TuesdayThursdayFriday
Land Training
FridaySaturdaySunday
Elite 17 - 8 pm6 - 8 pm7 - 9 pm6:30 - 7:30 pm7 - 9 am7 - 9 am
Elite 27 - 8 pm6 - 8 pm7 - 9 pm6:30 - 7:30 pm7 - 9 am7 - 9 am
Challenger 17 - 8 pm6 - 8 pm7 - 9 pm6:30 - 7:30 pm8 - 9 pm7 - 9 am7 - 9 am
Challenger 26 - 8 pm7 - 9 pm6:30 - 7:30 pm8 - 9 pm7 - 9 am7 - 9 am
Improvers 17 - 8 pm8 - 9 pm6:30 - 7:30 pm8 - 9 pm7 - 8 am7 - 9 am
Improvers 27 - 8 pm7 - 8 pm6:30 - 7:30 pm8 - 9 pm7 - 8 am7 - 9 am
Stroke Development 16 - 7 pm6:30 - 7:30 pm8 - 9 am7 - 8 am
Stroke Development 26 - 7 pm6:30 - 7:30 pm8 - 9 am8 - 9 am
Saturday Swimmer6:30 - 7:30 pm8 - 9 am

Young swimmers normally start off in the stroke development  with two to three hours of training per week.  Here they improve their strokes and build up their stamina.  At this stage within the Wasps we strongly advise that swimmers also continue with their usual swimming lessons.

The next step up from the stroke development is Improvers. Promotion to Improvers takes place on a purely judge by results, meritocratic basis.  Every 3 months the club organises time trials and swimmers who attain the appropriate time trial qualifications then move up a lane, from Improvers to Challengers and then to Elite. Further pool and coaching time is allocated as swimmers progress through the lanes.

Time Trial Qualifications

Swimmers are tested on 50m times in all strokes at time trials held throughout the year and lane placement is based on the results.

Stroke DevelopmentThis is the lane in which most young swimmers start.Key
Improvers 2BK-56 BR-63 FLY-62 FC-50must have times for 3 of 4 strokesBKBackstroke
Improvers 1BK-52 BR-59 FLY-58 FC-46must have 3 of the indicated times and WASPS 1BRBreaststroke
Challengers 2BK-47 BR-52 FLY-50 FC-39must have 3 of the indicated timesFLYButterfly
Challengers 1BK-42 BR-46 FLY-43 FC-34must have 3 of the indicated times, 1200m T20 and WASPS 2FCFrontcrawl
Elite 2BK-38 BR-40 FLY-36 FC-32must have 3 of the 50m times and 1350m T20T20Distance swam in 20 minutes
Elite 1BK-34 BR-38 FLY-33 FC-30must have 2 of the 50m indicated times and 1450m T20


As well as attaining improved times in the time trials swimmers need to demonstrate correct stroke technique, competitive starts, turns and dives and endurance. These are  measured in the Wasps 1 and Wasps 2 achievements, the standards are described below:

 Wasps 1    Wasps 2
 Demonstrate correct starts, turns and finishes in all strokes    Swim 200m Individual Medley in 3:15.00 or less
 Achieve Competitive Start Award    Swim 800m Freestyle in 12:50.00 or less
 Swim 200m in less than 3 mins 55s    One time from below for 200m for any stroke
 Swim 800m in less than 19 mins    Freestyle        2:52.00
     Backstroke    3:10.00
     Breaststroke  3:37.00
     Butterfly          3:17.00  

Swimmers may find it useful to maintain their swimming training record in the Wasps Log Book which can be downloaded from below

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Andy Fox,
18 Mar 2015, 13:36