Swim Academy

Our swim squads offer training that covers a wide range of abilities, from beginner to competitive level. There are six squad levels, catering for an excess of 100 swimmers. The squad training program is delivered year round.

Below is a brief description of each squad level available.

If you would like any information regarding squad swimming, please don’t hesitate to contact the Head Swim Coach, Libby Gray at libby.gray@tcdc.govt.nz or call into the pool and chat to one of our friendly staff members.

Junior Skills

  • This squad is the first stage of learning for those who have just graduated Learn to Swim (LTS). The main goal for swimmers of this level is to work towards refining their skills learnt through the LTS programme and gain new skills. The minimum age to be considered for this squad is 8.
  • There are two sessions offered to this group per week. It is recommended that your child attends at least 1 of the 2 sessions available. Lessons are kept short to allow the kids to focus and get the most out of each opportunity. The Junior Skills group is split in two, this is so we are able to keep numbers in each group small to ensure everyone gets the most from each session. There is no difference in skills taught between the groups.  
  • Fees are $37.00 per month.
  • Sessions are
    • Monday 4 – 4:45pm Group 1, 4:45-5:30 Group 2
    • Friday 4 – 4:45pm Group 1, 4:45-5:30 Group 2

Junior Development

  • This squad is the next step up once you have graduated from Junior Skills. The main goal swimmers in this squad are working towards is to better their current technique. They are learning to become efficient in Freestyle, Backstroke and Breaststroke, as well as gaining an understanding for Butterfly.
  • There are three training sessions offered to this squad each week. It is recommended that your child attends 2 out of the 3 sessions.
  • Fees for this squad are $37.00 per month.
  • Sessions are
    • Monday 4:45 – 5:30pm
    • Wednesday 4:30 – 5:30pm
    • Friday 4:45 – 5:30pm

Development

  • This swim squad is the next level up from Junior Development. Much like the junior devo squad, this squad has a large technique focus. The swimmers in this squad are efficient in Freestyle, Backstroke and Breaststroke. They are also working on becoming efficient in Butterfly. More emphasis is placed on learning the skills that are required for racing in this squad.
  • Swimmers in this squad are encouraged to begin attending various swimming carnivals throughout the season so they are able to get a feel for the racing scene and show off their skills.
  • There are three training sessions offered to this squad each week. It is recommended that you child attends 2 out of the 3 sessions.
  • Fees for this squad are $40.00 per month.
  • Sessions are:
    • Monday 5:30 – 6:30pm
    • Wednesday 5:30 – 6:30pm
    • Friday 5 – 6pm

Bronze

  • This squad is the progression once you have graduated from the Development squad. The minimum age to be considered for this squad is 10. There is still a lot of emphasis placed on technique in this squad, but the main focus is on increasing their training distance while still being able to hold technique.
  • It is assumed that once a child is ready to move into this squad and has decided to does so, they would like to attend swimming competitions.
  • Bronze have 5 sessions available. It is recommended that swimmers attend at least 3 of these sessions. They are encouraged to attend one morning session.
  • Sessions are:
    • Monday 6am – 7:30am
    • Monday 6pm – 7pm
    • Wednesday 6am – 7:30am
    • Thursday 4:30pm – 5:30pm
    • Friday 5:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Fees for this squad are $50 per month.

Silver

  • Moving into this squad indicates that you want to race and progress your swimming as much as you can. The minimum age to be considered for this squad is 11. Swimmers in this squad are efficient at all 4 strokes and understand the rules around competitive swimming.
  • Swimmers in this squad need to be a member of the swim club and registered as a competitive swimmer on the Swimming New Zealand database. Swimmers attend targeted competitions throughout the season, with emphasis placed on achieving qualifying times to attend regional and national championships.
  • Silver have 6 sessions available to them. It is recommended that swimmers attend a minimum of 3 sessions. They are encouraged to attend at least one morning session.
  • Fees for this squad are $65 per month.
  • Sessions are;
    • Monday 6am – 7:30am
    • Tuesday 4:30pm – 6:30pm
    • Wednesday 6am – 7:30am
    • Wednesday 5pm – 6:30pm
    • Friday 6am – 7:30am (during summer)
    • Friday 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Gold

  • This is the top competitive squad within the squad structure. The minimum age to be considered for this squad is 13. Swimmers in this squad are efficient at all 4 strokes and have a great understanding of the rules around competitive swimming. Swimmers in this squad utilise land based sessions as part of their training programme.
  • Swimmers in this squad are tracking towards qualifying to attend national competitions. A lot of the training is centred on having really good skills while under stress from a big training volume. Swimmers in this squad are expected to be a member of the swim club and registered as a competitive swimmer on the Swimming New Zealand database.
  • Gold have 7 sessions available. It is expected that they attend a minimum of 4 sessions, with at least one being an AM session.
    • Friday 5:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Fees for this squad are $80 per month.
  • Sessions are;
    • Monday 6am – 7:30am
    • Monday 4:30pm – 7pm
    • Tuesday 4:30pm – 6:30pm
    • Wednesday 6am – 7:30am
    • Thursday 5pm – 6:45pm
    • Friday 6am – 7:30am (during summer)