Squads and training

Nightcliff Swimming Club training squads are formed in line with Swimming Australia “Multi Year Age Group Swimmer Development Model.” This means that squads are selected on the following criteria:

 

  • Satisfactory development of skills and technique
  • Ability to cope with the volume and intensity of work
  • Preparation and desire to work in the program

 

Nightcliff has a minimum standard for joining each squad. Mini squad members need to be at least 5 years of age and be able to swim 25 m in each of backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. New swimmers who need to be assessed for squads can attend at the pool on Fridays between 3.30 pm and 4.00 pm for assessment by the Head Coach. Please email the Club for an assessment appointment.

 

Training Timetable

We have four squads that meet the needs of swimmers of all ability. The Head Coach will update the club Facebook page if changes to the training schedule occur.

 

Mini: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm

Bronze:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Saturday from 6:00 am to 7:45 am

Silver:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 5:15 am to 7:00 am, Saturday from 6:00 am to 7:45 am

Gold:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 5:15 am to 7:00 am, Saturday from 6:00 am to 7:45 am

 

Missed Training
If a swimmer is unable to attend for a period of two weeks or longer, please notify the Head Coach.

Open Water Training
This group trains regularly on weekends at Darwin Waterfront Lagoon, and compete at local and interstate events. Check with the head coach for training times.

Participation in Competition
Although not compulsory, swimmers are encouraged to enter swim meets and Club nights to increase swimming confidence and foster a positive team spirit. 

Training Equipment
A typical training kit consists of the following:

  • water bottle - all swimmers are required to bring at least one to training. Water is available at the bubblers to refill bottles to keep on pool deck; 
  • short training fins - should be fully enclosed, not the ankle strap style
  • pullboy
  • paddles
  • swim cap (as a health requirement, swimmers are encouraged to wear a swim cap at training)
  • goggles and spare goggles


All silver and gold swimmers need to have:

  • short training fins - fully enclosed, not ankle strap style
  • pullboy
  • paddles
  • swim caps
  • goggles and spare goggles 


All bronze swimmers need to have:

  • short training fins - fully enclosed, not the ankle strap style
  • swim caps
  • goggles and spare goggles 


All mini swimmers need to have:

  • swimming fins - fully enclosed, not the ankle strap style
  • goggles
  • swim caps

 

Special and Holiday Training Programs
Special training arrangements may be put in place during school holidays. Parents and swimmers will be notified by the coach of any special training programs and any relevant training fee arrangements at the beginning of each school holiday period. To ensure each individual has a training schedule suitable for his or her specific needs, it is recommended that swimmers and their parents discuss their requirements with the coach. The coach is available after each coaching session if there are any concerns.