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Our Squads

Harpenden Swimming Club is formed of a main competitive arm based predominantly at Harpenden Pool and a teaching arm based at Aldwickbury School. Aldwickbury runs teaching once a week on a Monday with a number of sessions for different abilities.

Swimmers at Harpenden are divided into squads according to ability. Swimmers progress between the squads as they achieve criteria which are set out by the coaches.  The criteria and work that the squads do are based around developing the swimmer as laid out in the British Swimming Performance Pathway.

Due to Covid-19 the club currently has reduced pool time (as our usual school pools are not available for private hire).  We hope to return to normal from September.  Details of both our normal programme and temporary timetable are set out below.

Squad Progression

SEALS

Seals is the first squad swimmers enter upon joining the competitive arm of the club. This squad work on the technical aspect of all four strokes including starts and turns with the aim of being able to swim in medley races. Seals are working towards regular participation in open meets and club galas and often participate in the league campaigns as required.

Seals Kit List

Junior Seals

Current temporary timetable:

Wednesday 1800-1850, Harpenden Pool

Sunday 1200-1250, Harpenden Pool

Normal timetable:

Thursday 1830-1930, St. Albans High School for Girls

Sunday 1800-1900, Harpenden Pool

Senior Seals

Current temporary timetable:

Friday 1900-1950, Harpenden Pool

Sunday 1200-1250, Harpenden Pool

Normal timetable:

Wednesday 1800-1900, Harpenden Pool

Sunday 1800-1900, Harpenden Pool

OTTERS

In Otters swimmers continue to work on the techniques developed in Seals whilst introducing longer distances to the training sessions. Key skills such as starts and turns are further developed so that swimmers are able to complete training and races correctly. Otters continue to work towards regular participation in open meets and club events to gain race experience, and to participate in league campaigns as required.

Otters Kit List

Current temporary timetable:

Wednesday 1800-1850, Harpenden Pool

Friday 1900-1950, Harpenden Pool

Sunday 1200-1250, Harpenden Pool

Normal timetable:

Wednesday 1800-1900, Harpenden Pool

Friday 1830-1930, St Albans School

Sunday 1815-1845, Harpenden Sports Centre (pre-pool)

Sunday 1900-2000, Harpenden Pool

DOLPHINS

In Dolphins longer and more technical sets designed to build the competitive swimmer are introduced. There is a focus on technique, but holding it over longer distances and under more time pressure than in previous squads. Swimmers gain a greater understanding of pace work and are expected to be able to use the pace clock themselves during sets to check pace and rest. Dolphins are expected to be regular participants in open meets and club events, and to be swimming in league campaigns as required. Members of this squad will be working towards participation at County Championships.

Dolphins Kit List

Current temporary timetable:

Wednesday 1900-1950 or 2000-2100, Harpenden Pool (group dependent)

Friday 2000-2100, Harpenden Pool

Sunday 1300-1350 or 1400-1500, Harpenden Pool (group dependent)

Normal timetable:

Monday 1830-1930, St Albans High School for Girls

Wednesday 1900-2000, Harpenden Pool

Thursday 1930-2030, St Albans High School for Girls

Friday 1820-1905, St Albans School (land training)

Sunday 1815-1845, Harpenden Sports Centre (pre-pool)

Sunday 1900-2000, Harpenden Pool

SHARKS

In Sharks the focus is training to race. Sets are developed to meet key aims for the swimmers at specific times of the year to aid their development and race potential. Technical work is undertaken at a more specific level, and applied into longer and faster sets. This squad aims to develop the competitive swimmer across a broad range of events and encompassing all strokes. Sharks are expected to be regular participants in open meets and club events, and to be swimming in league campaigns as required. Members of this squad will be competing at County Championships and working towards Regional and National Championships.

Sharks Kit List

Current temporary timetable:

Wednesday 2000-2100, Harpenden Pool

Friday 2000-2100, Harpenden Pool

Sunday 1400-1500, Harpenden Pool

Normal timetable:

Monday 1930-2030 or 2030-2130, St Albans High School for Girls (group dependant)

Wednesday 2000-2100, Harpenden Pool

Thursday 2030-2130, St Albans High School for Girls

Friday 1820-1905, St Albans School (land training)

Friday 1930-2130, St Albans School

Sunday 1915-1945, Harpenden Sports Centre (pre-pool)

Sunday 2000-2100, Harpenden Pool

INTERMEDIATE SHARKS

The Intermediate Sharks aim to bridge the gap between the Sharks and the Performance Sharks, providing a stepped progression for those swimmers who are beginning to move towards the top group. The swimmers do an extra two hour session a week with the Performance Sharks, and swim with the Sharks for their other sessions. Intermediate Sharks are expected to be regular participants in open meets and club events, and to be swimming in league campaigns as required. Members of this squad will be competing at County Championships and working towards Regional and National Championships.

Sharks Kit List

Current temporary timetable:

Wednesday 2000-2100, Harpenden Pool

Friday 2000-2100, Harpenden Pool

Sunday 1400-1500, Harpenden Pool

Normal timetable:

Monday 1930-2030 or 1930-2130, St Albans High School for Girls (group dependant)

Wednesday 2000-2100 or 1900-2100, Harpenden Pool (group dependant)

Thursday 2030-2130, St Albans High School for Girls

Friday 1820-1905, St Albans School (land training)

Friday 1930-2130, St Albans School

Sunday 1915-1945, Harpenden Sports Centre (pre-pool)

Sunday 2000-2100, Harpenden Pool

PERFORMANCE SHARKS

In the Performance Sharks the focus is training to race. Sets are developed to meet key aims for the swimmers at specific times of the year to aid their development and race potential. Technical work is undertaken at a more specific level, and applied into longer and faster sets. This squad aims to develop key skills around race strategy and allows a deeper focus on key evets as swimmers mature and specialise. Performance Shark members are expected to be regular participants in club events and targeted open meets, and to be swimming in league campaigns as required. Members of this squad will be competing at Regional Championships and working towards National Championships.

Sharks Kit List

Current temporary timetable:

Wednesday 1900-2100, Harpenden Pool

Sunday 0800-1000, Inspire:Luton Sports Village

Sunday 1400-1500, Harpenden Pool

Normal timetable:

Monday 1930-2130, St Albans High School for Girls

Wednesday 1900-2100, Harpenden Pool

Friday 1820-1905, St Albans School (land training)

Friday 1930-2130, St Albans School

Sunday 1000-1200, Inspire Luton

Sunday 1915-1945, Harpenden Sports Centre (pre-pool)

Sunday 2000-2100, Harpenden Pool

Our Training Pools

Harpenden Swimming Club train at various pools in and around Hertfordshire and compete at many more.

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