Progression is the first squad in the main competitive section of the Club. Swimmers move from Advanced B into Progression once they have shown they are able to swim the following distances with correct strokes and correct turns in compliance with ASA Laws:
- 200m Front Crawl
- 200m Backstroke
- 200m Individual Medley
- 100m Breaststroke
- 50m Butterfly
Swimmers must also be able to execute a racing dive from a starting block and be able to complete training sets whcih last 20m or more at A2/A3 intensity. Finally swimmers must have a proven training and attendance record. Swimmers joining the Club from external swim schemes must have successfully passed NPTS Stage 10 or equivalent to enter Progression. In this squad swimmers will continue to develop and reinforce efficient technique, swim skills, race experience and build up further endurance and intensity of training. Typical age of swimmers in this squad is 9-12 years old.
Swimmers in this squad swim four times a week in King Charles I School Pool and in Stourport Leisure Centre and are expected to enter our Club Championships and also ASA Licensed Open Meets including our own Wyre Forest Christmas County Qualifier held in December of each year.
Swimmers in this squad will move into County Development when judged ready by the club coaches.
Swimmers in Progression swim four times per week as specified in our session times here.
Teachers and Coaches
Progression is led by Brian McGuiness.
Swimmers in this group are encouraged to attend all Squad Targetted Meets and make themselves available for selection to the League Competitions as appropriate. All swimmers in this squad are expected to enter all 50m and 100m events and at least three 200m events including the 200m Individual Medley in the Club Championships held in the autumn. Swimmers in this squad are encouraged to enter the remaining events too at the coaches discretion.
ASA Key Stages
The ASA Stages 10 are taught in this Squad.
All swimmers ideally should be in posession of:
- A blank WFSC Swim Hat
- A named WFSC Swim Hat (can be obtained from the Club Shop)
- Two pairs of Goggles (one spare)
- Proper swimming trunks or costume, no baggy shorts.
- A pullbuoy
- A kick board
- Training Fins
- Water Bottle
All swimmers should be on poolside ready to begin training at the designated squad times with hat on, goggle on, ready for instructions by the teacher or coach. The Swimmer's Code of Conduct can be found here.
Parents are encouraged to stay and watch their swimmers in this group. The teacher or coach may approach you for help in dealing with any issues, goggle, hat etc, but please do not do the following:
- Go up to poolside to speak to your child without first speaking to the teacher or coach.
- Attempt to teach/coach your child from poolside yourself. If you wish to help out teaching and coaching please speak to us first.
- Distract the teacher or coach by attempting to engage them in conversation about your swimmer(s) during the lesson.
If you have specific questions or wish to discuss your child's progress, please wait until after the session to arrange a mutually agreeable time and place. The Parent's Code of Conduct can be found here.