Haddington and District Amateur Swimming Club has five competitive squads and one pre-competitive squad -Swim Skills, Minnows, Blue Fins 1 ,Blue Fins 2, Jack Macks, Marlins and the East Lothian Swim Team - each aimed at different stages of a swimmer’s development and ambition. Progress through the squads is based on achievement of specified goals and coach assessment. The normal progression is for swimmers to move through squads 1-2-3-4 or to move through 1-2-3-5.
Pre-competitive : Skills Squad this is a new squad created to help the transition between swimming lessons and competitive swimming. Here the children will be taught the skills they need to enforce what they have learnt in lessons and develop new skills required for competitive swimming.
Squad 1: Minnows
The Minnows focus on developing good technique in all strokes, learning new skills such as tumble turns and diving, introducing competition skills/experience and building stamina and fitness so that children become better, stronger, faster swimmers. Children in this squad are expected to attend at least two out of three available training sessions and to participate in competitions appropriate to their age/ability.
Minnows work towards a number of goals, earning stickers to complete the Minnows 10 Step Award. Swimmers are given the award chart when they achieve their first sticker. When they have completed this chart, children are usually ready to move to Blue Fins.
Squad 2: Blue Fins
Swimmers in this squad focus on improving technique, fitness and stamina and developing their competition skills and speed further. Swimmers have available to them 3 sessions per week.
Swimmers participate in competitions suitable to their age and ability.
Blue Fins have the option to train towards entry into Jack Mack Squad (Training & time criteria). The coaches test swimmers from time to time on these goals during training sessions, however this process is helped if they know the swimmers level of ambition. In addition, swimmers are awarded certificates when they achieve certain times for 100m swims, based on old East District Age Group Championship consideration times. This helps swimmers to see their progress towards entry to this level of competition.
Squad 3: Jack Macks
The Jack Macks is a squad made up from those swimmers with ambition to move towards ELST and swimmers who want to compete up to district level but do not want the move to ELST. They train a minimum of four from the five training sessions available, and continue to work on technique, fitness and skills. Jack Mack Squad have certificate times to work towards
Squad 4: Marlins Movement from Blue Fins or Jack Macks to Marlins will be by arrangement with the Head Coach and will depend upon the age, ability and ambition of the swimmer.
The Marlins provides an opportunity for older, proficient swimmers to train regularly to maintain fitness and to maintain an interest in swimming regardless of whether they still wish to compete.. Swimmers in this squad include teenagers and adults, many of whom will previously have been involved in competitive swimming with Haddington, the East Lothian Swim Team or other clubs. There are three availabletraining sessions and swimmers choose which they attend.
Squad 5: The East Lothian Swim Team ("ELST") Members of the ELST (a composite team comprising swimmers from Haddington, Musselburgh and Tranent clubs) are our most committed swimmers who have the ability and ambition to train for, and compete at Scottish East District, Scottish National and British National levels. They train between 4-9times a week depending on age/ability. They retain strong links with their home club, Haddington, training with the Club when they wish, competing for the Club at team events and participating in social events. Click here to see theEast Lothian Swim Team website.