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.
- CoachJohn 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. See more details 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.