Location: Mitchelton Primary School
47 Glen Retreat Road, Mitchelton.
After a good stroke has been developed there are several outcomes that we work towards in squad. Traditionally squad has been all about distance – lap after lap after lap after lap. There is definitely a place for distance sessions in squad but it’s not the exclusive outcome of our squads. That black line can be your greatest friend or your worst enemy in distance sessions. To love swimming we mix it up with speed, form, distance and strength and conditioning sessions.
Going the distance:
Outcome: Strength, fitness, endurance, breath control.
Distance will develop strength, fitness and endurance but distance is just one outcome for our squads but there’s so much more to swimming than getting in the kms.
The Flash –
Outcome: Swim Sprints, Speed.
Outcome: Correct method
Strength and Conditioning
Outcome: The physical strength, flexibility and fitness to be your most effective swimmer.
Arana Hills Physiotherapy (our other work gig) has strongly influenced our understanding of the strength and conditioning that is required for a comfortable and effective swim. Land and water based strength and conditioning is often a squad ‘starter’ (what we do first) and ‘finisher’ (what we do last) in our summer and spring program for Junior and Senior Squads. A programmed strength and conditioning season is delivered on land during winter.
Dives, starts, turns and finishes: Every Junior and Senior session includes dives, starts, turns and finishes.
What to put in your swim kit
‘Starters’ (warm up) will often be out of the pool so swimmers need to be in appropriate shoes and clothes ready for a little land exercise before diving into the drink Junior and senior squad should turn up in runners and something they’re comfortable to do a little land work in (togs should be worn underneath for easy transition to the water - for school swimmers coming straight from school a school uniform with runners if fine).
Please name your swim kit. A sharpie pen tends to work best when your kit is in and out of the water.
What we provide
Super fun coaching and good chat
Any other fun equipment that will challenge and delight a swimmer!
How Often Should I attend?
How often you attend squad will depend entirely on what you want to achieve in the water. If your child loves swimming and has other physical activities they’re enjoying then once a week may do the job for your swimmer. If your child loves swimming and it’s the only planned activity they are participating in a good plan is 2-3 times per week. Equally if your swimmer wants to be super water fit or if your swimmer aims to be competitive 3-4 times per week will hit be hitting goals.
Stroke Development: $17.50 - 30 minutes
Squaddies (transition from Stroke Development to Senior Squad) $22 - 45 minutes
Senior and Adult Squad 60 minutes
$15 - weekly spot
$17.50 (when buying a block of 10)