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A.B. Paterson College Swim Training Programme 2014

WELCOME to the A.B. Paterson College Swimming Programme. We aim to promote a love of swimming at all levels while encouraging our swimmers to excel.

COACHING staff and instructors are all fully qualified, either by the Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA), or through Austswim.

PROGRAMME: Squads are organised to reflect the ability and fitness of the swimmer from Recreational through to State and National level.

Swimming Pool Squad Training 2014

SQUADS:
Learn To Swim (LTS): This operates every afternoon and caters for swimmers starting with Prep age. LTS consists of lessons of 30 minutes for small groups of similar ability. This is our largest squad programme and is very popular. We also have a morning LTS programme for early childhood children, aged 3 years and up. 

Our Austswim qualified teachers provide a balance of swimming skills and water safety in a safe and friendly environment. Classes are small and encompass children of similar swimming ability to ensure optimum learning.

Water confidence and autonomy is our initial goal; then children are introduced to freestyle and backstroke, followed by breaststroke and butterfly.

Our Programme Offers:

  • Free assessment/grading, by appointment
  • A heated (29 degrees) 25m swimming pool
  • Low swimmer to teacher ratio
  • Year- round swimming programme
  • Teachers are always in the water with the students

Lessons are held each school day between 3.00pm-5.00pm. All Learn to Swim classes follow A.B. Paterson College term dates.

Throughout school holiday periods weekly intensive learn to swim programmes are run. The programme involves five 30 minute lessons, conducted Monday through to Friday on a weekly basis.

 Transition Squad: This is the next step up from LTS. Swimmers in these squads will be able to easily swim 25 metres freestyle and backstroke. The focus is the development of freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke and the introduction of butterfly, race starts, turns & finishes.  Please note that you do not have to transition from our school LTS programme. If your child is doing LTS somewhere else, then they can certainly do transition squads with us.
Session duration: 1 hour (approximately) 2 sessions per week

Mini-Squads
Swimmers can display a reasonable competency in freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke and are developing their butterfly. The focus is the development of all strokes, race starts, turns & finishes and learning how to read a pace clock for interval training.
Session duration: 1 – 1 hour 30 minutes (approximately); two or more sessions per week.

Junior and Senior Squads: The focus is a structured seasonal programme with an emphasis on technique, endurance, speed and race skills in preparation for school competitions plus Local, State and National Club swimming competitions.
Session duration: 2 hours (approximately) recommended weekly attendance: 
Junior 3-4 sessions,
Senior: 5-8 sessions per week.
Participation in Junior and Senior squads will be dependent on the ability and fitness of the swimmer. Our Head Coach, Mr Gee, will personally coach the Senior Squad programme. He also has oversight of the coaches working with the other squads.
Recreational Squads These squads are for those swimmers who just want to swim for fitness or the pure enjoyment of swimming. There is no requirement apart from the fact that the assessed swimmer must be able to swim 25m and 50m sets over the hour programme. Please note that these squads are not available in the morning and only on specific afternoons. For swimmers Year 4 upwards.

Please note that you can no longer just turn up to a training session. Any new swimmer who wishes to attend any squad must be assessed before beginning training. This can be done by contacting the pool on 5561 4167 and talking to our coaching staff about how we can assess your child for squad training. Please respect that the assessment and placement of swimmers into specific groups is at the Coach’s discretion.  We thank you for your co-operation.

Squad Days and Times
Learn to Swim
– Monday to Friday from 3:00 pm to 5:00pm during school terms.
Transition Squad: Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30 pm and Wednesday from 6:30 am
Mini-Squads: Monday and Wednesday mornings from 6:30 am, Thursday afternoon from 3:30 pm
Junior and Senior Squads: Monday to Friday from 6:15 am and also from 3:30 pm.
Recreational Squads: Mondays from 3:30 pm, Wednesdays from 3:30 pm.

Enrolment and Attendance for Squads: To comply with Workplace Health & Safety requirements, all squad swimmers will have to enrol for squad training unless they are a member of the A.B. Paterson College Swimming Club. This enrolment will cover the 2014 school year and is simply a matter of filling out and signing the appropriate form available from the pool office.
Signing In: All swimmers must sign in on the form outside the kiosk for every session they attend.
Punctuality: Swimmers should aim to arrive at morning squad sessions at least 15 minutes prior to the commencement and be ready to swim at the correct starting time. We may ask those who habitually arrive late to sit out those sessions.
Early Departure: Please advise your child’s coach if, for any reason, they need to leave the session early.
Equipment: Swimmers, cap, goggles, kickboard, flippers, pull buoy, water bottle (all squads) hand paddles for Junior and Senior Squads only. We can advise you of the most appropriate equipment to purchase for your child.

Please contact us if you have any queries. The pool number is 55614167. Peter Gee’s e-mail is pge@abpat.qld.edu.au
Peter Gee
Head Coach/Pool Manager

 

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