The Advanced Programs at Active Merri-bek are for swimmers who are wanting to extend on their swimming knowledge, ability and work towards becoming a competitive swimmer.

To be eligible for the Advanced Programs, participants are required to have completed Shark level or equivalent. A squad assessment will be conducted in line with the assessment criteria by a Squad Coach to determine the most suitable level for each swimmer.

Program pathway

 Pre - squad


Squad


Advanced squad

Pre - squad

Pre – squad is the first level of the advanced squad program. This is for students who are wishing to improve their technique in the four competitive strokes, learn new skills and build endurance. This class is a good introduction to skills required for competitive swimming, and provides a great pathway towards higher level squads, competitions, or simply just to improve on swimming ability.

Attendance: Participants are recommended to attend 1-2 sessions per week, which are 45 minutes in duration.

 

Squad

Squad is for students wishing to advance their stroke technique by improving propulsion, efficiency and breath control in the four competitive strokes. Skills taught in Pre - Squad are built on and extended in Squad. This class provides a great foundation to participate in advanced squad, competitive swimming and open water swimming.

Attendance: It is highly recommended that participants attend 2 sessions per week. Sessions are 1 hour in duration.

 

Advanced Squad

Advanced Squad is for those students looking to develop into advanced swimmers. This class has a strong focus on improving stroke technique, race skills, speed and endurance in preparation for competitions.

Attendance: It is highly recommended that participants attend 2-3 sessions per week, these are 75 minutes in duration. The first 15 minutes consists of dryland activities; appropriate exercise attire is required.

 

Sessions available across Active Merri-bek sites.

Brunswick Baths: held in the heated outdoor 50m pool.

Fawkner Leisure Centre: held in heated indoor 25m pool.

Coburg Leisure Centre: held in heated indoor 25m pool.

To join the Advanced Swimming Program an assessment can be conducted at your preferred Active Merri-bek site. To book an assessment call your preferred program site.

 

  • Assessment Criteria

    *At the discretion of the squad coach - swimmers may be allocated to a level when not all the criteria has been met

    *Commitment and engagement to the program is also taken into consideration

    PRE-SQUAD

    • 100m freestyle continuous with good technique and tumble turn;
    • 100m backstroke continuous with good technique;
    • 100m breaststroke continuous with correct timing;
    • 15m butterfly, no breaststroke kick, arms clearing water.

    SQUAD

    • 200m freestyle continuous with good technique, tumble turns and dolphin kicks off the wall;
    • 100m backstroke continuous with good technique, tumble turn and dolphin kicks off the wall;
    • 100m breaststroke continuous with correct timing;
    • 25m butterfly, no breaststroke kick, arms clearing water, 2 x dolphin kicks per arm.

    ADVANCED SQUAD

    • 200m freestyle under 3 minutes 55 seconds, with good technique, tumble turns and dolphin kicks off the wall;
    • 100 backstroke under 2 minutes 30 seconds, with good technique, tumble turn and dolphin kicks off the wall;
    • 100 breaststroke under 2 minutes 40 seconds with split stroke and touch turn;
    • 50m butterfly continuous with good technique (correct timing, arms clearing the water, no breaststroke kick). 

  • Fees and payment

    Prices

    Payment is taken fortnightly by direct debit.

    Level Per lesson cost Fortnightly direct debit
    Pre - squad $20.10 $34.00
    Squad $20.10 $34.00
    Advanced squad $20.10 $34.00
  • How to book
    Contact us at Brunswick Baths, Coburg Leisure Centre or Fawkner Leisure Centre to book your lessons.
  • Requirements for this program
    • Appropriate swim wear, long hair must be tied back or swim cap worn, towel, goggles and appropriate exercise attire for dry components
  • More information
    You can find out more about our programs, including information on our swimming teachers, member benefits, make-up lesson policy, absence request form, terms and conditions and Watch Around Water guidelines on our general swimming lessons page.

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