Novice (Snappers and Terrapins)
The Novice group is for new or inexperienced swimmers. It is further divided into two groups: Snappers and Terrapins. The Snappers group is an entry-level group generally for swimmers who are new to competitive swimming, or who are inexperienced. As swimmers become more accomplished, they will move from the Snappers to the Terrapins. Both Novice groups focus on stroke technique. The Snapper swimmers generally practice three days per week for 45 minutes each day and the Terrapin Swimmer will practice 4 days for 45 minutes-1 hour.
White group swimmers spend most of their time working on refining stroke mechanics. These swimmers have started to exhibit good swimming skills and will be introduced to some training skills and processes. They generally practice five days per week for 1 to 1 ½ hours each day. Two half hour dryland sessions are usually included in their training schedule.
Blue group swimmers exhibit good swimming skills. At this level, swimmers begin to spend more time on training sets and building endurance. Stroke techniques continue to be stressed. Most of the swimmers in the Blue group are between the ages of 10 and 13. They generally practice six days a week for 1 ½ hours each day. Swimmers will generally do an additional half hour of dryland activity two days each week.
Honu group swimmers exhibit good swimming skills. The Honu Group is similar to the Blue Group but designed for 8th grade and High School Age Swimmers. They generally practice five days a week for 1 ½ hours each day. Swimmers will generally do an additional half hour of dryland or weight activity two-three days each week.
Green group swimmers are well versed in technique and strategy. Most of the swimmers in the group are 13-14 years olds. Workouts for the Green group are often six days a week and usually last one and one half to two hours each day and an additional half hour of some form of dryland activity(running, weights plyometrics, or yoga).
Elite group swimmers are swimmers who exhibit a high level of swimming and work ability. These swimmers are expected to be mature, dedicated, responsible, and dependable. Senior group swimmers typically have the same practice schedule as the Green group, but also are able to swim two-four days a week in the morning before school.