Sixteen swimmers turn up regularly, probably twenty on the register. A good age, 12-13, equally mixed boys and girls. They all want to exercise and treat this as an extension of teaching groups. Most came through teaching groups successfully.
A 10.15am start time is probably right. I don’t imagine many would come to an 8.30am start.
As we have fins or a few have fins having come from Mini Squad, these are generally used for the warm up, perhaps for the first 20 mins of the sets permit it.
4 x 100 as 5o FC/50 Side kick Rest 10
The sidekick may be new, but they understand what to do, one arm outstretched, breathing whenever they like. Controlling the amount of rest they get is problematic as some keep well, while others have a weak kick.
4 x 25m scull.
Another they enjoy as it is considered easy. Many will not be sculling though. It is important that they get the arm action correct, then they can try going feet first, head fist on front or back. Tend to need demonstratons at the end of the first two lengths.
1 x 200m BR Asked to do this as a technical swim i.e. going for excellent technique with the correct turns and transitions throughout. Some will not know what the three part transition of glide, underwater fly arms and kick, then into the stroke entails.
4 x 50 kick as 25 Fly, 25 BC All hard. Most will struggle with the fly kick. (1.20/1.30)
1 x 200 BC – Keep arms moving through + fast turns (5.00.5.15)
3 x 50 kick as 25 BC, 25 BR. All hard. (1.45)
1 x 100 Grand National Swim. A fun ending instead of relays in which all the swimmers line up in speed order in Lane 4 and then dive or jump in one after the other, swim 25m and climb out at each end and touch the wall, the dive into lane , the same into lane 2 and then end when the climb out having swum lane 1.
This set worked well. Not happy that four swimmers insisted on leaving at 7.45 saying that they had permission from the previous coach. Parents are advised that this is not permitted.
I’ve used this one twice already, also with a T3T4 Weds OBH group.