Swim Group Descriptions

GWSC is a coach run operation. Only Coaches decide when and where athletes will be placed on the team. Athlete’s are originally assessed by try-out. Later assessed by times achieved, practice test sets, social skills,commitment,endurance, and physical development. Athlete’s are expected to practice with the group they have been placed in by the staff. Swimming in other groups at other times is never an option. We place athletes in groups that are best for the training and the skill level they are at. As soon as an athlete is emotionally ready, properly trained, and meets the subjective and objective standards of a particular group of swimmers, the coaching staff will work together to move the athlete. Many things are taken into consideration for a move. Our professional coaching staff will make all decisions about group make-up and placement.

Pathways is an excellent opportunity to introduce your children to the exciting world of competitive swimming. Our Pre-competitive program is a wonderful option for developing younger swimmers that provides knowledgeable coaching, great peer groups, and a fun competitive atmosphere. They will learn all four competitive strokes as well as competitive skills like flip turns and racing starts.

White Group is for our beginning level swimmers who wish to make more of a commitment to the sport of swimming. They will train for 1 hour and be able to execute the following:

  1. Legal strokes for the Individual Medley (IM)
  2. All four (4) stroke starts from the blocks and proper breakouts
  3. Understand all turns with proper streamline and three (3) underwater dolphin kicks for butterfly, backstroke, and freestyle through the breakout and a legal pullout for breaststroke. 

To move they must be able to swim 8 x 50s Free on 1:05, 4 x 50s Back on 1:15, 4 x 50s Fly & Breaststroke on 1:15, and 4 x 100 IMs on 2:30.

Red Group is for our next level of swimmers who are ready to make a commitment to the support of swimming. They will train for 1 hour and be able to execute the following:

  1.  All four (4) stroke starts from the blocks with proper breakouts
  2. Understand all turns with proper streamline and underwater progressions
  3. Understand correct timing for relay exchanges
  4. Legal strokes to complete the Individual Medley (IM)
  5. Execute effective finishes, not breathing inside the flags on freestyle and butterfly
  6. Swim 100 yards of each stroke, a 200 IM, and a 500 Freestyle

To move they must be able to swim 10 x 50s Free on 1:00, 4 x 50s Back on 1:10, 4 x 50s Fly and Breaststroke on 1:10, and 5 x 100s IM on 2:20. 

They must also have achieved at least 3 SCS Red age group times in three (3) different strokes.

Blue Group is for a beginning level and blend of 10-12 year olds who have made a commitment to the sport of swimming. They will train for 1 1/2 hours and are expected to attend 4 of 5 workouts and execute the following:

  1. All four (4) stroke starts from the blocks with proper breakouts
  2. Understand all turns with proper streamline and underwater progressions
  3. Understand correct timing for relay exchanges
  4. Legal strokes for the Individual Medley (IM)
  5. Execute effective finishes, not breathing inside the flags on Freestyle and Butterfly
  6. Swim 100 yards of each stroke, a 200 IM, and a 500 Freestyle
  7. Understand interval training

To move they must be able to swim 20 x 50s on :55, 15 x 50s Back on 1:00, 15 x 50s Fly on 1:10, 15 x 50s Breaststroke on 1:15, and 5 x 100 IMs on 1:55. 

They must also achieve at least 2 SCS Blue age group times in 2 different strokes.

Bronze 1 Group is for the next level of 10-12 year olds who have made a serious commitment to the sport of swimming. They will train for 1 1/2 hours and execute the following:

  1. Improved technique of all four (4) strokes
  2. Understand all turns with proper streamline and underwater progressions to the breakout
  3. Breathe properly within the rhythm of the stroke under race conditions in all four (4) strokes
  4. Legal strokes for the Individual Medley (IM)
  5. Execute effective finishes
  6. Swim 100 yards of each stroke, 200 IM, and a 500 Freestyle
  7. Understand interval training

To move they must be able to swim 20 x 50s on 1:00, 20 x 50s Back on 1:10, 20 X 50s Fly and Breaststroke on 1:20, and 8 x 100 IMs on 2:00.

They must also achieve 3 SCS Blue age group times in three (3) different strokes and 1 Junior Olympic (JO) qualifying time. 

Bronze 2 Group is for our next level of 10-12 year old ready to commit to 2 hours of training and execute the following:

  1. Continued improvement of stroke technique
  2. Understand all starts and turns with longer streamline and underwater progressions on the breakout
  3. Breathe properly within the rhythm of all four (4) strokes in race conditions
  4. Swim 100s and 200s of each stroke, 200 & 400 IM, and a 500 Freestyle. 
  5. Understand interval and pace training

To move they must be able to swim 20 x 50s on :50, 20 x 50 Back on 1:00, 20 x 50 Fly and Breaststroke on 1:10, and 10 x 100 IMs on 2:00. 

They must also achieve 3 SCS Blue age group times in three (3) different strokes and two (2) Junior Olympic (JO) qualifying times.

 Gold 1 Group is for Middle or High School swimmers who are new to the sport of swimming. They will train for 2 hours with an emphasis on all aspects of stroke mechanics while building strength and endurance in preparation for High School and club competition. 

Gold 2 Group is for our advanced and accomplished 11-13 year old swimmers with a strong commitment to the sport of swimming. They will train for 2 hours and execute the following:

  1. Continued improvement of stroke technique
  2. Understand all starts and turns with longer streamline and faster underwater progressions on the breakout
  3. Breathe properly within the rhythm of all four (4) strokes in race conditions
  4. Swim 100s and 200s of each stroke, a 200 & 400 IM, and all distance Freestyle events

To move they must have completed 100s of all four (4) strokes, 200 Free, 200 & 400 IM, and 500 Free. Must be able to train 20 x 100s on 1:30 Free or combination of strokes on 1:40. Must have achieved six (6) Blue age group times in three (3) different strokes, and two (2) Junior Olympic (JO) qualifying times. 

Gold 3 Group is for our most advanced and accomplished 12-14 year old swimmers with a serious commitment to the sport of competitive swimming. They will train for 2 hours and execute the following:

  1. Continued improvement of stroke technique
  2. Understand all starts and turns with longer streamlines and faster underwater progressions on the breakout
  3. Understand all aspect of training (pace, sprint) with distance per stroke efficiency
  4. Swim 100s and 200s of each stroke, 200 & 400 IM, and all distance Freestyle events

To move they must have completed 100s of all strokes, 200 & 400 IM, and all distance Freestyle events. Must train 20/30 x 100s on 1:20 Freestyle or a combination of strokes on 1:30. 

They must have achieved six (6) SCS Blue age group times in three (3) different strokes and two (2) Junior Olympic (JO) qualifying times.

Senior 1 Group is for the 15 and older swimmer who have a sincere dedication to the sport of swimming. They will train for 2 hours every afternoon and 3 early morning works and execute the following:

  1. Understand all aspects of training (pace, sprint) with distance per stroke efficiency
  2. Willingness to improve stroke technique
  3. Swim 100s and 200s of each stroke, 200 & 400 IM, and all distance Freestyle events

They must be able to maintain a workout base of 20/30 x 100s at 1:15 or combination of strokes on 1:30.

To move they must have achieved age group appropriate time standards for 2 Junior Olympic (JO) qualifying times in three (3) different events.

Senior 2 Group is for the 15 and older swimmers who are serious and committed to train at an elite level. They will train 2 hours every afternoon with 3 early morning workouts. They must understand all aspects of training and demonstrate a willingness to learn and execute the following:

  1. 20/30 x 100s Freestyle on 1:15 or combination of strokes on 1:20

To move they must have achieve age group appropriate time standards for three (3) Junior Olympic (JO) qualifying times in three (3) different events. 

National Group is for the 15 and older swimmers who understand that peak performance at all times is necessary and takes responsibility for attendance, performance, and habits in practice to become a leader and role model. Usually has achieved Sectional qualifying standards and/or at least one Winter Junior National qualifying time standard. 

They will maintain a workout base with the following standards:

  • 20/30 x 100s Free on 1:10
  • 20/30 x 100s Back on 1:20
  • 20/30 x 100s Fly on 1:25
  • 20/30 x Breaststroke on 1:35
  • 20/30 x 100 IMs on 1:25