Where Stars of the Future begin their Journey
Rookie Squad is our entry level into competitive
We have limited places available and therefore, at the end of completing Stage 8,
swimmers are selected to join - training twice a week
Rookie Squad training sessions:
Monday 7pm-7.45pm at St Johns Pool, Tunbridge Wells
Friday 7.10pm-7.55pm at Somerhill Pool, Tonbridge
Last minute changes to training sessions are not communicated on this page. Members will receive an email or please check Twitter on the home page
Where we train: Click Here
Further information and Fees: email: Membership Enquiry
Kit required: Click Here
Criteria for Rookie Squad Swimmers:
- must be competent in Front Crawl, Backstroke,
Breaststroke and will have basic Butterfly skills. They will be able to dive, tumble turn and have
a basic understanding of all starting/turning/finishing techniques. They will have good stamina;
- must commit to attending the training session/s, show good
discipline, a positive attitude and be keen to progress to the next level;
- entry age will generally be age 10 years and under (at the
discretion of the coach);
- must be able to swim 800m continuously;
- must do their best to attend Club Time Trial sessions
which (held approx every 6 weeks); and
- must represent the Club at team galas when selected. It is a fantastic achievement to make team
selection, so please fulfil this commitment.
In order to gain race experience,
we encourage swimmers to:
- enter Club Championships (held in
- enter Novice Galas and Level 3/4
For Parents' Guide to Galas, click here:
For Forthcoming Open Meets, click here:
You can speak to your coach for further advice.
At the end of each term - approx. end
of March/July/Dec, swimmers will be selected to remain in Rookie Squad, or
moved to Bronze, based on aptitude, discipline and commitment. It should
be noted that places in these squads are limited.
Our Aim for Rookie Squad Swimmers:
- To encourage and inspire young swimmers along
the journey into competitive swimming in a fun and friendly club environment.
- To advance and build on the stroke technique
swimmers have already developed.
- To improve
dives and starting/turning/finishing techniques.
- To teach how to train effectively. We will teach the importance of ‘warming up
and warming down’, how to ‘read the clock’ for training purposes and also
important lane discipline skills.
- To build on
endurance/stamina and basic speed.
- To build on
swimmers’ discipline and commitment level
- To encourage participation in competitive
racing that is suitable for their ability.
- To provide general mentoring and advice for
early years’ competitive swimming.
Our aim is for every
swimmer to reach their full potential
(web page updated 10/04/2018)