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Our Squads

Harpenden Swimming Club is formed of a main competitive arm based predominantly at Harpenden Pool and St Albans High School for Girls and a teaching arm (the development squad) based at St Albans High School for Girls.  The development squad teaching sessions run 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.

Details of our normal programme are set out below. The detailed criteria to move between clubs can be found in the document here: SC-Squad-Criteria-2021-22.pdf

A useful overview of the UK swimming hierarchy of club structures, from HSC up to British Swimming at a national level, can be found here: Swimming hierarchy.pdf

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

Wednesday 18:00-19:00, Harpenden Pool

Sunday 14:00-15:00, Harpenden Pool

Senior Seals

Thursday 18:00-19:00, St Albans High School for Girls

Sunday 14:00-15:00, 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

Wednesday 18:00-19:00, Harpenden Pool

Thursday 19:00-20:00, St Albans High School for Girls

Sunday 14:00-15:00, 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

Tuesday 18:00-19:00, St Albans High School for Girls

Wednesday 19:00-20:00, Harpenden Pool

Thursday 20:00-21:00, St Albans High School for Girls

Sunday 15:00-16:00, 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

Tuesday 19:00-20:00 OR 20:00-21:00 (group dependent), St Albans High School for Girls

Wednesday 20:00-21:00, Harpenden Pool

Friday 19:00-21:00, Harpenden Pool

Sunday 16:00-17:00, 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

Tuesday 19:00-20:00 OR 20:00-21:00 (group dependent), St Albans High School for Girls

Wednesday 20:00-21:00, Harpenden Pool

Friday 19:00-21:00, Harpenden Pool

Sunday 16:00-17:00, 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

Tuesday 19:00-21:00, St Albans High School for Girls

Wednesday 19:00-21:00, Harpenden Pool

Friday 19:00-21:00, Harpenden Pool

Sunday 0800-1000, Inspire:Luton Sports Village

Sunday 1400-1500, 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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