SQUADS & SESSIONS

We run a structured swimming programme over four evenings a week and our members are spilt into squads.

C Squad - Tuesday and Thursday 6.00-6.45pm

Most swimmers in this group will have completed swimming lessons.  Emphasis will be on technique, but endurance and sprint work through “sets” will be introduced.
Minimum Age
 
8
Minimum Standard
 
Gold (City of Bradford Swimming Scheme).
Able to complete 100m Front Crawl, Back stroke & Breast stroke, 25m Butterfly.
Able to dive in at the deep end Push and glide on both back and front.
Speed is not important.
Equipment Required
 
Swimsuit, hat and goggles
Swimming float
Short swimming fins
Water bottle
Pull buoy
 Progression
 
B Squad and/or City of Bradford Development Scheme.  Option to start Waterpolo 

B Squad - Monday 7:00-8:00pm & Tuesday and Thursday 6:45-7:45pm

This squad trains three times a week and is for swimmers with a higher level of skill. Technique and drills will still be evident, sessions will include more endurance and sprint work. 
Minimum Age
 
10
Minimum Standard
 
Competent in all 4 strokes and able to swim 400m.  Be able to do tumble turns on back and front and a racing dive.
Equipment Required
 
Swim suit, hat and goggles
Swimming float for kicking
Short swimming fins
Pull buoy
Hand paddles
Water bottle 
Progression
 
A Squad and/or City Of  Bradford Development Scheme.  Option to start Waterpolo

A Squad (Under 18) - Monday 8:00-9:00pm & Tuesday and Thursday 7:45-9:00pm

This squad trains three times a week. The majority of the swimmers in this squad are swimming to keep fit or to support their development in other sport, although we encourage them to carry on and compete at local swimming galas.  Drill work and technique is included but the majority of the sessions will be biased towards endurance and sprint work.
Minimum Age
 
12
Minimum Standard
 
Competent in 4 different strokes and be able to swim 400m as well as showing a level of fitness and stamina.  Able to swim 2500m per hour.
Equipment Required
 
Swim suit, hat and goggles
Swimming float for kicking
Short swimming fins
Pull buoy
Hand paddles and water bottle
Progression/Alternatives
 
U14’s/U16’s option to start waterpolo.  Seniors (18 years plus still in education)

Seniors - Monday 8:00-9:00pm & Tuesday and Thursday 7:45-9:00pm

The seniors (18-24 years) and Masters (age 18 – no limit), swim up to three times a week.  We have Masters who compete both regionally and nationally and several that regularly compete outdoors.  We encourage our Masters swimmers to complete the local Yorkshire Masters Meet held at John Charles in Leeds and the ASA T30 event - how far you can swim in 30 minutes.  Some of our Master swimmers are also members of “Friends of Ilkley Lido” and swim in outdoor pool session both summer and winter (www.ilkleylido.co.uk).
Minimum Age
 
18
Minimum Standard
 
Competent in 3 different strokes and be able to swim 2500m per hour as well as showing a level of fitness and stamina.
Equipment Required
 
Swim suit, hat and goggles
Swimming float for kicking
Short swimming fins
Pull buoy
Hand paddles
Finger paddles
Snorkel and nose clip
Water bottle
 Progression
 
Very competitive Masters can join East Leeds Masters for an additional cost.

Triathletes - Tuesday and/or Thursday 7:45-9:00pm

Triathletes swim up to twice a week.  Sessions are biased towards endurance but also include spotting techniques and stroke improvement.
Minimum Age
 
18
Minimum Standard
 
Able to swim 2000m per hour as well as showing a level of fitness and stamina.
Equipment Required
 
Swim suit, hat and goggles
Swimming float for kicking
Short swimming fins
Pull buoy
Hand paddles
Water bottle

Smarter Swimmers - Thursday 7.45-9:00pm

Our Smarter Swimmers all want to improve their swimming stroke and style, or to be able to swim a particular stroke. 
Minimum Age
 
18
Minimum Standard
 
Be able to swim 200m and be comfortable in deep water.
Equipment Required
 
Swim suit, hat and goggles
Short swimming fins
Pull buoy
Hand paddles
Water bottle
Progression
 
Smarter Swimmers who wish to swim more can progress to Senior/Master or Triathlon Squads.

Waterpolo - Wednesday 8:00-9:00pm

At Ilkley we only have pool time and space to allow us to have U14 and U16 Teams.  These combine with the U14 and U16 teams from Leeds Sharks under the team name Leeds Olicana and play in the Wakefield League.  The U14 and U16 teams are mixed, boys and girls. Once a player is 17 they are invited to attend the waterpolo training sessions for the U18 Leeds Sharks team which are single sex.  These sessions are based at The Edge in Headingley. For further information on Leeds Sharks see their website at www.clubwebsite.co.uk/leedssharks
Minimum Age
 
10
Maximum Age
 
16
Minimum Standard
 
Able to swim at least 100m and be confident in deep water.
Equipment Required
 
Swim suit, swim hat ( a must for anyone with long hair)
Gum shield (optional)
Waterpolo caps are provided
NO GOGGLES ALLOWED