JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT SQUAD
Hailing from South Africa, Mark has been coaching young swimmers for over a decade. With a B.Sc Education in Exercise Science and an ASCA Level 5 Swim Coach qualification, Mark is passionate about crafting champion swimmers with his in-depth knowledge, skills, and experience. Mark is also a 4-time South African National 400m Freestyle Gold Medalist. He was ranked 8th in the world for 1500m Freestyle. He’s championed the Commonwealth Youth Games (1500m freestyle), a FINA World Swimming Championships Competitor, and won the Silver medal for 1500m freestyle at the All African Games.
The Foundation Squad swimmers will focus on developing and refining the four competitive swimming strokes over 25 meters.
The Intermediate Squad swimmers will focus on conditioning the four competitive swimming strokes through increased training. They will also work on the different elements of stroke technique, such as drills and underwater kicking.
The Development Squad swimmers will get introduced to basic training concepts such as race pacing and interval training while developing and refining their stroke technique.
The Advanced Squad focuses on preparation for squad training. During their introduction training, they gear towards honing their stroke techniques and other competition goals.
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Before we start, we carefully assess each child’s specific skills, performance, and fitness in their chosen sport. This helps us know exactly where they belong.
These programs are designed in advance for every level by experienced, ex-elite sports coaches. And you, as parents, can see what challenges are coming up in each week of term and which objectives your child will be working on.
We then track the development of their skills throughout the term, following which ones are improving—and more importantly, which ones aren’t. This honest and detailed approach helps them improve much more consistently, and perfect skills that last a lifetime.
At the end of each term, we can give them clear targets to focus on, allowing you to help them hone some skills at home, or in 1-1 classes with our specialists. Eventually, when they’re ready, they progress to the next level—or are reallocated to the class that’s best for them.