Junior 3 Squad

LTAD 2 swim skills

The Junior 3 Squad is split into two training groups: Junior 3a and Junior 3b. The Junior 3a and Junior 3b squads have different training session times but swimmers in these squads all have three training sessions per week. Junior 3b trains for 3 hours and Junior 3a for 3.5 hours.

Swimmers are expected to attend all training sessions. Swimmers will also be introduced to competitive swimming.


Junior 3b

3 sessions weekly, 3 hours total.

Ages 8-11 years, as of 31st December during the current year.

Swimmers will see improvement of water skills by concentrating on stroke technique by use of drills. The emphasis in this squad is on skill development for all four strokes, together with learning to train. This is a transitional phase with the emphasis changing from teaching to a more equal balance of technique work and physical conditioning.

When your coach has identified that you are ready to progress up to the Junior 3a squad, you will be offered a squad place dependant on your ability, attitude and attendance.


Junior 3a

3 sessions weekly, 3.5 hours total.

Ages 9-11 years, as of 31st December during the current year.

As per Junior 3b, swimmers will see further improvement of water skills by concentrating on stroke technique by use of drills. The emphasis in this squad is on skill development for all four strokes, together with learning to train. This is a transitional phase with the emphasis changing from teaching to a more equal balance of technique work and physical conditioning. 

When your coach has identified that you are ready to progress up to the Junior 2 squad, you will be offered a squad place dependant on your ability, attitude and attendance.

Skills Focus
  • Starts
  • Turns
  • Finishes
  • Underwater Skills
  • Streamlining
  • Drills Understanding
  • Freestyle
    • No breathing on breakout (no excuse)
    • No breathing for a minimum of the last 5m
    • Breathing bilaterally on every 3 strokes.
  • Backstroke
    • Minimum of 4 fly kicks off all starts and turns with legal turns at a race pace and then finish on your backs.
  • Breaststroke
    • Holding underwater phases with two held glides and a big down fly kick
    • Legal fast turns
  • Butterfly
    • No breathing on breakouts (no excuse)
    • Legal touches and fast turns.
Training Equipment

(All equipment should be labelled with swimmer's name and in working order)

  • Swimming Hat
  • Fins
  • Goggles X 2
  • Float
  • Pullbuoy
  • Drinks Bottle (700ml)

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