Equipment Letter Please see updated letter dated 22nd August

WDASC – Equipment Requirement

I am introducing a list of equipment that swimmers will be expected to have at all times at training.

I am aware that our former Head Coach did not utilise much equipment due to how he constructed his skills sets – with the focus on swimming and the swimmers ‘feeling’ the difference in technique alterations themselves in the water. I believe in this idea as well and have used it regularly within my coaching. However, to help accelerate this process and to get swimmers to actively experience different sensations within water – different water pressures, different feelings, different challenges – I like to utilise a variety of equipment. This will help to accelerate their understanding of how to move in water and how to improve their ‘feel’ for the water (their ability to exert a pressure and force on water at the front of the stroke). The equipment below will help with this process and will be used to varying degrees within the training program.

Basic kit list:
• Goggles x2 (1 in use, 1 spare)
Please ensure that the spare pair of goggles is always in your swimming bag
• Swimwear x3 (minimum) [1 in use for training, 1 in use for galas, 1 spare – again in bag]
• Water/juice bottle (minimum of 500ml – longer sessions i.e. 1.5hrs+ should require more)
• Club swimming cap x2 (1 in use, 1 spare) *
• Club t-shirt *
• Fitness mat for poolside land work
• Net bag (to help carry all of the following equipment):
o Kickboard
o Pull buoy
o Flippers (shorter ‘zoomer’ fins are preferable, although a fin with sufficient flexibility is key)

Swimmers in all Squads except Comp 2 & 3 are asked to have net bag equipment and fitness mat by end April.

Additional equipment for Comp 2 & Comp 3:
o Hand paddles
o Snorkels
o Skipping ropes (for land based activities)
o Tennis ball (for land based activities)
o Roller (for land based activities)

Swimmers in Comp 2 & 3 are asked to have the Basic Kit bag equipment, Fitness Mat and Additional equipment by 1st April.

Please note that this will be extended down to Comp 1 after the summer

NOTE: SWIMMERS WILL BE EXPECTED TO HAVE THEIR KIT BAG AND FITNESS MAT AT ALL TIMES WITH THEM POOLSIDE. Where Squad has additional equipment that should also be with the swimmer at all times at training.

ALL equipment can be purchased from any one of the following online stores:

* It is expected that when representing the club at galas that swimmers wear their club t-shirts on poolside and red club cap in the water