Development Pathway

Upon completion of a successful trial, swimmers will be allocated a suggested path dependant upon their age, stage and past swimming experience.

In most cases, swimmers trial at the club following completion of a Learn to Swim programme and therefore are ready to move into our Developers Squad. As they progress they will move up the squads to Improvers, Bronze, Silver and finally Gold. As the squads progress the demands of training and competition increase.

Movement through the squads is carried out via our lead coaches. Each child’s progression is different and therefore this is done on an individual basis. Our coaches consider a range of factors when making these decisions.

Alternatively, there are opportunities outside of the competitive club for late teens and for adults in our platinum and masters squads.

Click on our development pathway stages below to see an outline of what is offered at each stage.

Developers

  • 2 x 1 hour training sessions.
  • High quality coaching with a focus on skills, drills and technique.

Improvers

  • 3 x training sessions (2 x 1 hour, 1 x 90 minutes)
  • High quality coaching with a focus on skills, drills and technique.
  • Opportunities to start competing in competitions such as Forth Valley League

Bronze

  • 3 x training sessions (2 x 90 minutes, 1 x 90 minutes – 2hours)
  • High quality coaching with a focus on skills, drills and technique.
  • Introduction to training physical qualities such as strength and stamina
  • Opportunities to compete at both forth valley and level 2/3 events.
  • Opportunities to access an extra session via invite by the lead coach.

Silver

  • 4 x Training sessions (3 x 2 hour, 1 x 90 minutes)
  • 2 x Land training sessions (2 x 1 hour)
  • Introduction to monthly periodic training programmes.
  • High quality coaching around all key areas of improvement from technique to physical qualities.
  • Opportunities to compete at level 1 & 2 events.
  • Opportunities to access an extra training session via invite by the lead coach.

Gold

  • 5 x training sessions (4 x 2 hour, 1 x 90 minutes)
  • 2 x Land Training sessions (2 x 1 hour)
  • Yearly competition and training schedule planned periodically in mesocycles and microcycles.
  • High quality coaching around all key areas of improvement from technique to physical qualities (Training to compete).
  • Introduction to goal setting for competitions and training.
  • Video analysis and feedback.
  • Opportunities to progress through pathway to FIRST age group and FIRST youth
  • Opportunities to compete at level 1 and 2 events.

Platinum

Platinum is a club for swimmers around the ages of 13-18. It provides a group that can train without the pressure of competition. The group is based around swimming for fitness and social purposes. They do however train alongside our Gold and Silver squads and therefore have access to swim sets and coaching support should they need or want it. Platinum has 4 training sessions throughout the week.

Masters

Masters is our adult squad. It is made up mostly of ex-club swimmers, parents, coaches and locals from within Bo’ness, Falkirk and Linlithgow.
This squad is led primarily from its members due to being made up of a range of fitness levels. In order to join the squad you must be fairly competent in all 4 strokes.