Training – Information

It is important that swimmers attend all their sessions each week.  Swimming is a sport that requires regular attendance to ensure that fitness is maintained and individual swimming standards are improved.  Coaches keep a record of each swimmers attendance.  If for any reason a swimmer cannot attend a session, parents should inform the Coach by emailing curraghmst@gmail.com.

All swimmers have the opportunity to train properly and in safety during all of each session.  Swimmers will be divided into training lanes based on both speed and stamina and depend on each other to ensure that the various sets are properly executed. Swimmers who do not put in their best effort throughout the sessions prevent others from doing so and of course this practice is unacceptable.  All swimmers are therefore expected to train at all times to their full potential. If a swimmer is unwell or excessively tired during a session this should be communicated to the coach who will make the appropriate arrangements.  Swimmers are expected to carry out the instructions of the coach at all times.   Rest periods, intake of liquids, achieving target times etc., are all important elements of the training programmes.  Punctuality, being adequately prepared for each session and having the required equipment are all essential if swimmers are to derive the full benefit from the session.

The safety of our swimmers is paramount.  Watches are not permitted to be worn by swimmers during training.  The Club cannot tolerate any form of horseplay either in the pool area, in the showers or dressing rooms.  Proper respect must be shown for all equipment and fixtures – sitting or standing on lane ropes can result in damage to the ropes but also can result in serious injury.  Water bottles, floats or pull buoys should not be kicked or thrown.  It is the policy of the Club to keep rules and regulations to a minimum but the Club is obliged to provide an environment in which committed, conscientious swimmers have an opportunity to realise their full potential. Coaches have been instructed to report any or all breaches of discipline without delay.  In addition, coaches may at their own discretion request any swimmer who fails to comply with their instructions to leave the water and may request the Club to suspend or expel any swimmer who, in their opinion, is interfering with the proper execution of the training programme. The following equipment will be required for training:

  • Suitable swimming togs
  • Goggles
  • Swimming hat
  • Swim Fins
  • Pull buoy
  • Hand paddles
  • Kick board
  • Training Snorkel (as advised by Coach based on squad)
  • Kit Bag
  • Water bottle & Flip Flops

Although pull buoys and kick boards are available for new swimmers it is essential that the required items are bought within a two month period of joining the team.  Training items are available at discounted rates at club reception.

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