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Training Criteria

Skills Development 1 – Neptune 5

Age and Training Sessions

  • Ideal age 6-8 maximum age 8
  • Attend 1 session a week

Training Criteria

  • Swimmers should be able to demonstrate a correct streamline push off from the wall
  • Kick 25 metres of each stroke (Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Front Crawl)
  • Swimmers should regularly be able to perform skills including sitting dives, sculling and somersaults in the water
  • Perform a front and back float using streamlined positions – holding each position for 5 seconds
  • Punctual to most sessions
  • Show basic lane discipline
  • Coaches’ discretion based on talent identification and long-term potential

Competitions to Attend

No competitions at this stage

Equipment Needed

TMBSC Mini Mets Silver Cap, Goggles, Costume and Water Bottle

Skills Development 1 – Neptune 4

Age and Training Sessions

  • Ideal age 6-9 maximum age 9
  • Attend 1 session a week

Training Criteria

  • Swimmers should be able to demonstrate a correct streamline underwater push off and perform a minimum of 5 metres dolphin kick (and an underwater pull-out for Breaststroke)
  • Perform 25 metres of drill for each stroke (Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Front Crawl)
  • Swimmers should be able to perform an effective approach, rotation, and touch for Frontcrawl and Backstroke turns and an effective approach, touch, rotation, and touch for Butterfly and Breaststroke turns
  • Perform a kneeling dive from poolside and a backstroke start from the wall
  • Punctual to most sessions
  • Show basic lane discipline
  • Coaches’ discretion based on talent identification and long-term potential

Competitions to Attend

TMBSC’s Mini Championships
Team Galas (if selected)

Equipment Needed

Kickboard, Long blade swim training fins, TMBSC Mini Mets Silver Cap, Goggles, Costume and Water Bottle

Skills Development 2 – Neptune 2

Age and Training Sessions

  • Ideal age 9-13 maximum age 13
  • Attend 1 session a week

Training Criteria

  • Swimmers should be able to demonstrate a correct streamline underwater push off and perform a minimum of 5 metres dolphin kick (and an underwater pull-out for Breaststroke)
  • Complete a short set (e.g. 8x25m) on a prescribed turnaround time (e.g. 60 secs)
  • Perform 25 metres of drill for each stroke (Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Front Crawl)
  • Swimmers should be able to perform an effective approach, rotation, and touch for Front Crawl and Backstroke turns and an effective approach, touch, rotation, and touch for Butterfly and Breaststroke turns
  • Perform a standing dive from poolside & a backstroke start from the wall into a streamlined position underwater
  • Punctual to most sessions
  • Show basic lane discipline
  • Coaches’ discretion based on talent identification and long-term potential

Competitions to Attend

TMBSC’s Mini Championships and Time Trials
Team Galas (if selected)

Equipment Needed

Kickboard, Long blade swim training fins, TMBSC Mini Mets Silver Cap, Goggles, Costume and Water Bottle

Skills Development 2 – Neptune 2a

Age and Training Sessions

  • Ideal age 9-13 maximum age 13
  • Attend 1 session a week

Training Criteria

  • Perform 25 metres of swim for each stroke (Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Front
  • Crawl) starting with the correct push off, underwater phase and transition
  • Complete a short set (e.g. 8x25m) on a prescribed turnaround time (e.g. 60 secs) aiming
  • to complete each repeat at a set pace (e.g. 40 secs)
  • Swimmers should be able to perform an effective approach, rotation, and push off for
  • each stroke turn
  • Perform a standing dive from poolside and a backstroke start from the wall into a
  • streamlined position underwater
  • Punctual to most sessions
  • Show basic lane discipline
  • Coaches’ discretion based on talent identification and long-term potential

Competitions to Attend

TMBSC’s Mini Championships and Time Trials
Team Galas (if selected)

Equipment Needed

Kickboard, Long blade swim training fins, TMBSC Mini Mets Silver Cap, Goggles, Costume and Water Bottle

Competition Development – Neptune 3

Age and Training Sessions

  • Ideal age 8-10 maximum age 10
  • Attend 2 sessions a week

Training Criteria

  • Perform 25 metres of swim for each stroke (Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Front
  • Crawl) starting with the correct push off, underwater phase and transition
  • Complete a short set (e.g. 8x25m) on a prescribed turnaround time (e.g. 60 secs) aiming
  • to complete each repeat at a set pace (e.g. 40 secs)
  • Swimmers should be able to perform an effective approach, rotation, and push off for
  • each stroke turn
  • Perform a standing dive from poolside & a backstroke start from the wall into a
  • streamlined position underwater
  • Punctual to most sessions
  • Show basic lane discipline
  • Coaches’ discretion based on talent identification and long-term potential

Competitions to Attend

TMBSC’s Mini Championships
Team Galas (if selected)

Equipment Needed

Finger paddles, Kickboard, Long blade swim training fins, TMBSC Mini Mets Silver Cap, Goggles, Costume and Water Bottle

Competition Development – Neptune 1

Age and Training Sessions

  • Ideal age 9-12 maximum age 12
  • Attend 2 sessions a week

Training Criteria

  • Perform 50 metres of swim for each stroke (25m Butterfly) starting with the correct push off, underwater phase and transition
  • Complete a short set (e.g. 8x25m) on a prescribed turnaround time (e.g. 60 secs) aiming to complete each repeat at a set pace (e.g. 40 secs)
  • Swimmers should be able to perform an effective approach, rotation, and push off for each stroke turn
  • Swim a 100m Individual Medley with correct push off from wall, underwater phase and transition to stroke with legal touch turns
  • Perform a legal and efficient turn on each of the four strokes and for each of the three individual medley turns from 10m in to 10m out from the wall
  • Punctual to most sessions
  • Perform a track start and a backstroke start using a starting block
  • Show basic lane discipline
  • Coaches’ discretion based on talent identification and long-term potential

Competitions to Attend

TMBSC’s Mini Championships and Time Trials
Some selected open meets and local competitions
Team Galas (if selected)

Equipment Needed

Pull buoy, Finger paddles, Kickboard, Long blade swim training fins, TMBSC Mini Mets Silver Cap, Goggles, Costume and Water Bottle

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Joining the club

Mini Mets
For information about joining Mini Mets please contact Dan Walsh to arrange a trial.

Junior Squads
For information about joining the Junior Squads please contact Craig Ward  to arrange a trial.

Masters/Masters Fitness
For information about joining Masters and Masters Fitness please contact Bob Bolton to arrange a trial

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Our Club Office at Sale Leisure Centre is open on Sundays between 3.45-5.45pm for enquiries and to purchase swim hats and second hand items.

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