About Our Squads

Kilkenny Swimming Club has a structured coaching programme for children of all abilities. The swimmer commences with weekly swimming lessons in the D squad and, following successful completion, is introduced to competitive swimming in the C, B and A Squads. Progression through the squads is based on achieving set times in open competition. These times are set out in downloadable table below.

Current Club Standards For Squad Times Short Course

A Squad
  • About

    Swimmers in this group represent the most elite section of the Club. This squad entails a significant increase in both volume and intensity of training. The emphasis in this squad changes from stroke development to performance. Swimmers in this squad are expected to have a very high attendance at training. In this squad swimmers are expected to attend galas regularly, with particular emphasis on provincial, national and, in time, international meets.

    In this squad swimmers will be assessed for fitness, and undergo video analysis of their strokes. Swimmers in the ‘A’ squad will also require equipment that may not be needed in the other squads, including fins, paddles, personal kick board and pull buoy. Information regarding the required equipment can be attained from the squad coach.

    Swimmers will be expected to swim in a large variety of events, in all strokes as decided by the squad coach. In the ‘A’ squad swimmers will be given the knowledge and the training to succeed in competitive swimming, but it is up to the swimmer to bring the desire to want to do what it takes to succeed.

    The Squad train six times a week, and the number of training sessions to be attended by individual swimmers is determined by the coach. Land training sessions may also be provided. Swimmers at this level are introduced to long course competitions (50 metre pool). Swimmers are ineligible to join the A Squad until after they have reached their 11th Birthday.

    Acceptance in the A Squad is subject attaining 2 A times in 100 meters competition and to the satisfactory completion of an assessment carried out by the Clubs Head Coach. Swimmers must attain their A times each year to remain eligible for the A Squad.

  • Coach
    John Duffy
  • Training Times
    Junior A Squad

    Tuesday and Thursday 5.30am-7.30am, Friday 5.30pm-7.30pm, Saturday 7.00am-9.00am

    Senior A Squad

    Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 5.30am-7.30am, Friday 5.30am-7.30am and 5.30pm-7.30pm, Saturday 7.00am-9.00am

  • Important Information For New A Squad Members

    Having reached A Squad standard, the next level to strive for are Leinster Division 2 and Leinster Age Group times, followed by National Division 2 and National Age Group Championship times. For me details click here

    At this stage of your swimming Irish Age Groups Division 2 should be your next goal.

    Leinster Age Groups and Divion 2 times for the current year as below. Some of you may already have times for these events without realizing it. The gala entry forms for these meets will only be given to those who qualify.

    Leinster Division 2 is usually held early May and Leinster Age Groups at the end of May.

    Irish Age Groups Division 2 usually takes place in Limerick at the end of June and Irish Age Group Championships usually takes place in N.A.C mid July.

    This can all be quite confusing so if you have any questions feel free to speak to John Duffy. You can phone John any day up to 8pm on 086 2492784.

B Squad
  • About
    Members of this Squad are usually promoted from the C Squad. All swimmers must be registered with Swim Ireland (form available to download here). To be promoted to this Squad all swimmers must achieve at least two B times. Generally swimmers should not spend more than twelve months in this Squad; however this can be dependent on age and on the amount of space available in the A Squad. Swimmers who fail to show reasonable and considerable progress may be asked to leave. Generally swimmers are given a maximum of four terms in the B Squad in which to achieve their A times. Swimmers with one A time who have reached their 11th birthday may be offered an extra session with the A Squad to improve their chances of attaining a second A time.
  • Coach
    Liam O'Connell
  • Training Times
    Monday 5.30pm-7.30pm, Wednesday 5.30am-7.30am, Sunday 8.00am-10.00pm
C Squad
  • About

    Most C Squad swimmers are promoted from D Squad although a swimmer with the required standard of swimming can be admitted. Preference will be given to Club swimmers if demand exceeds the number of places, which is regularly the case. Applicants will ideally be no more than 10 years old with the majority of swimmers aged between 8 and 11 years. The purpose of C squad is to improve a swimmer’s technique and stamina, and to introduce the child to competitive swimming. The C squad can cater for approximately 50 swimmers. Due to its size, it has been divided into three groups - C Juniors, C1 and C2, with the most experienced swimmers in C2. Swimmers are invited to join C squad on a trial period of one term. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in all four strokes. Each swimmer is assessed at the end of this period. The assessment will consist of a timed 50 metre sprint in three strokes (front crawl, back crawl and breast stroke) and one 25 metre butterfly. The coach’s report on the swimmers proficiency on these strokes is also considered as part of this assessment.

    To progress through the Squads it is essential that swimmers compete in galas selected by their coach. Swimmers who fail to show reasonable and consistent progress may be asked to leave. Generally swimmers are given a maximum of four terms in C Squad in which to qualify for the B Squad. To qualify for the B Squad swimmers must achieve two B times at either 50 metre or 100 metre events at competitive galas (depending on age) (see Club noticeboard and website for times). All swimmers must register with Swim Ireland immediately on joining the C1 Squad. Moving between C1 and C2 Squads is at the discretion of the coach.

  • Head Coach
    Breda Collins
  • Training Times
    C Junior Squad

    Wednesday 5.00pm-7.00pm (3 Sessions)

    C1 Squad

    Tuesday and Saturday 5.00pm-5.45pm

    C2 Squad

    Tuesday and Saturday 5.45pm-7.00pm

D Squad
  • About
    D Squad caters for children from 7 years to 12 years who have some experience of swimming. It is a requirement of the Club that swimmers are able to swim the width of the pool and three strokes - front crawl, back crawl and breast stroke. Trials for D Squad are carried out in the pool before the start of each term. There is usually a waiting list to get into this squad. Children are divided into one of three groups depending on ability. There are three terms of twelve weeks each. A report on each child’s progress is provided at the end of each term. If your child decides not to continue, please inform both the swim teacher and D Squad organiser as soon as possible. The object of the D Squad is to form the basic elements of an efficient swimming style and stroke, which can be strengthened and improved when the swimmer advances to the other Squads. On occasion parents become concerned that their child is being asked to swim shorter distances than those which they have been used to in previous lessons .This usually arises from a need to re-engineer the child’s stroke to a more efficient technique, for the purpose of future improvement, and should not be taken as a sign of regression.
  • Training Times
    Thursday 5.30pm-7.30pm (3 Sessions)

Criteria For Moving Through Squads

Kilkenny Swimming Club has a structured coaching programme for children of all abilities. The young swimmer commences with weekly swimming lessons in the D squad and, following successful completion, is introduced to competitive swimming in the C, B and A Squads.

Swimmers must have spent at least one term in a squad before being considered to move on to the next squad.

Upon achievement of time standard relevant for each squad, in open competition, swimmers will be eligible for consideration for movement. These times are set out in the downloadble pdf above.

When time standards have been achieved the Coach will look at various other factors such as standard of strokes/dives etc. attendance, gala participation, behavior, maturity etc.

If the squad Coach is happy that a swimmer is ready to move the child will be given a test set by the Head Coach to determine if he/she is able to keep up with the training demands of the intended squad.

For progression to A squad, swimmers must have reached their 11th birthday.

Swim Fit Squad

This is a Squad for swimmers who have previously trained with the A or B Squads, who want to continue to swim at a high level , but do not want to train for competition. The Squad swims on Wednesday and Sunday mornings alongside the B Squad.

Triathalon Squad

The Club operates a limited training facility for adult Club members who compete in triathalon events. These members must be registered with Swim Ireland. This squad trains during some of the early morning sessions alongside the A and B Squads. Some parents of swimmers who are training with the A or B Squads avail of this option


This is a Squad for swimmers over 20 years of age, who train to compete in Masters Swimming Galas and other similar events. The squad trains every Tuesday from 8-9pm.