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Thoughts from Head Coach Richard Hunter

Streamline Teams

"I will close by saying that my advice to anyone considering making a change is to be very transparent as to your own motivations. Over the years, I have heard various clichés about not running away from problems. Whether you are running towards or away from something doesn't really matter. The important part is to know your reasons, commit to your decision, and embrace the changes you will inevitably encounter as a result."

Read Richard's article HERE.

Swimming World Magazine

"In swimming, building a successful process with athletes is centered around three areas. First, I try to involve and educate them.... Secondly, the goal for them is to figure out their process rather than mine.... Thirdly, at some level, this sport is too difficult not to find some enjoyment in the day- to-day." —Coach Richard Hunter, TIDE Swimming

Read the full article HERE.

DISCOVERY: Learn to Swim

"Learning the fundamentals in a fun environment"

Athletes must be able to swim a minimum of 25 yards freestyle and backstroke to enter program.
Focus is on teaching fundamentals and developing basic motor learning skills, balance, and coordination in the water.
Yardage swum is low-intensity and technique-oriented.
Athletes typically range in age from 5 to 10 years old.

Novice Group

  • Focus:  FUN, fundamentals, balance, coordination, basic motor skills
  • Practices:  Three practices are offered per week
  • Competition:  Introduction to competition: athletes participate in 2 to 4 swim meets per year
  • Equipment: TIDE cap, goggles, Speedo kickboard, Speedo Trialon rubber fins, mesh bag
  • Offered in Sessions: Fall (Sept 7 - Dec 10); Winter (Jan 3 - Mar 25); Spring (Mar 28 - June 17); Summer (June 20 - July 29)

Developmental Silver

  • Focus:  FUN, fundamentals, focus on drills and technique in all 4 strokes, plus starts and turns
  • Practices:  Three practices are offered per week
  • Competition:  Continued introduction to competition: athletes participate in 4 to 6 swim meets per year
  • Equipment: TIDE cap, goggles, Speedo kickboard, Speedo Trialon rubber fins, mesh bag

Developmental Gold

  • Focus:  FUN, fundamentals, continued focus on drills and technique in all 4 strokes, including competitive skills to prepare for monthly competitions
  • Practices:  Four or five practices are offered per week, depending on site
  • Competition:  Competition is part of the program: athletes participate in 8 to 10 swim meets per year
  • Equipment: TIDE cap, goggles, Speedo kickboard, Speedo Trialon rubber fins, Speedo bullet head adult snorkel, mesh bag

 

 IMAGINATION: Learn to Train

"Fundamentals and introduction to training, in a fun environment."

Athletes are able to swim all four strokes and maintain good technique on low intensity work.
Focus remains on teaching fundamentals and developing a strong foundation in all strokes while introducing a culture where hard work is valued and fun.
Athletes are encouraged to attend as many practices each week as possible.
Dryland training is expanded.
Athletes typically range in age from 9 to 14 years old.

Age Group Bronze

  • Focus:  Developing a strong foundation in all 4 strokes with little to no specialization
  • Practices:   Five practices are offered per week. Dryland sessions are offered to complement swim training. Elementary age swimmers typically train 3-5 times per week; middle school swimmers train 4-5 times per week.
  • Competition: Athletes compete monthly with one “focus meet” per season. The group's emphasis is on long term development instead of qualifying for a certain competition. Competitions are used as an evaluation of training.
  • Equipment: TIDE cap, goggles, Speedo kickboard, Speedo small pull buoy, Speedo Trialon rubber fins, Speedo bullet head adult snorkel, Strokemaker paddles, mesh bag, jump rope, yoga mat

 

Age Group Silver

  • Focus:  Athletes learn to value hard work, with a continued emphasis on maintaining a strong foundation in all 4 strokes with little to no specialization
  • Practices:  Six practices are offered per week, complemented by dryland sessions. Swimmers typically attend 5-6 practices per week.
  • Competition:  Athletes compete monthly with one “focus meet” per season. The group's emphasis remains on long term development but with increased awareness of what the “next level” of competition looks like. Competitions are used as an evaluation of training, with increased awareness of times as one measurement of progress.
  • Equipment: TIDE cap, goggles, Speedo kickboard, Speedo small pull buoy, Speedo Trialon rubber fins, Speedo bullet head adult snorkel, Strokemaker paddles, mesh bag, jump rope, yoga mat

PREPARATION: Learn to Compete

"Competitiveness is directly correlated with hard work, consistency, mindfulness, and embracing the journey."

The quantity and intensity of the training program increases.
Focus shifts from teaching fundamentals to physiological conditioning.
Athletes are encouraged to attend as many practices per week as possible with morning practices added at the higher levels.
Dryland training progresses from core body conditioning to weight training.
Athletes typically range in age from 14 to 18 years old.

Senior Bronze

  • Focus:  Athletes learn to find and define success based on personal goals. They continue to build a solid foundation in all 4 strokes. This group, offered in sessions, allows swimmers and multi-sport athletes the flexibility to choose what they want to get out of the sport. The goal of the group is still to develop and move athletes through the program. Coaches balance establishing a base of technique and aerobic systems with catering to individual needs and goals of each athlete.
  • Practices:  Six practices are offered per week. Swim training is complemented by dryland training.
  • THIS GROUP IS OFFERED IN SESSIONS: Fall (Sept 7 - Nov 30); Winter (Dec 1 - Feb 28); Spring (Mar 1 - June 30); Summer (June 1 - July 31). Swimmers may register for all or some of the sessions offered.
  • Competition:  Athletes are encouraged to compete monthly, especially those who are looking to progress through the program.
  • Equipment: TIDE cap, goggles, kickboard, small pull buoy, Hydro Tech 2 fins, Speedo bullet head adult snorkel, Strokemaker paddles, mesh bag, yoga mat, jump rope

Senior Silver

  • Focus:  Athletes learn to find and define success based on personal goals. They continue to build a solid foundation in all 4 strokes. The goal of the group is still to develop and move athletes through the program. Coaches balance establishing a base of technique and aerobic systems with catering to individual needs and goals of each athlete.
  • Practices:  Six practices are offered per week. Swim training is complemented by dryland training.
  • This is a year round group
  • Competition:  Athletes are encouraged to compete monthly, especially those who are looking to progress through the program.
  • Equipment: TIDE cap, goggles, kickboard, small pull buoy, Hydro Tech 2 fins, Speedo bullet head adult snorkel, Strokemaker paddles, mesh bag, yoga mat, jump rope

Senior Gold

  • Focus:  Athletes are encouraged to find creative ways to reach their potential. Group members possess a strong technical foundation in all 4 strokes and a focus on long term development. One emphasis is on building an aerobic base for both short term and long term success. Slightly more emphasis is placed on long course swimming vs short course swimming.
  • Practices:  Six to seven practices are offered per week, depending on site. Athletes are expected to attend 5 to 7 swim practices per week. Dryland includes weight programming.
  • Competition:  Athletes compete monthly with one focus meet per season and the possibility of a mid-season meet to gauge progress. Athletes should be working to seek success in multiple ways not just defined by dropping time.
  • Equipment: TIDE cap, goggles, Speedo kickboard, Speedo small pull buoy, Hydro Tech 2 fins, Speedo bullet head adult snorkel, Strokemaker paddles, Arena Elite finger paddles, jump rope, mesh bag

Age Group Gold

  • Focus:  Athletes learn to appreciate the training process and seeing results over time. Athletes continue to establish a strong foundation in all 4 strokes with little specialization. Coaches place an equal emphasis on long course and short course swimming. 400yd IM and 1000yd free are regularly swum in competitions.
  • Practices:  Six to seven practices are offered per week, depending on site. Athletes also attend dryland training with continued focus on previous work, incorporation of tools, and introduction to resisted movements.
  • Competition:  Athletes compete monthly with a focus meet as late in the season as possible. Senior level meets are introduced and consideration is given to attending the highest level meet for which he/she qualifies. Athletes swim every event at least once per season and are introduced to travel for competition at least once per season.
  • Equipment: TIDE cap, goggles, Speedo kickboard, Speedo small pull buoy, Hydro Tech 2 fins, Speedo bullet head adult snorkel, Strokemaker paddles, mesh bag

National

  • Focus:  Maximizing athlete potential. Athletes continue development of all 4 strokes with a balanced training plan that allows for specificity of training in distance and stroke while setting athletes up for future success in college swimming with a solid aerobic base. Technical precision and efficiency are a focus of both the athletes and the coaches. Valuing the ability to race effectively in all events is key, but training also allows for specialization.
  • Practices:  Seven practices are offered per week. Close to 100% practice attendance is expected. Dryland is held 5 times per week, including twice weekly weight training
  • Competition:  Athletes compete monthly with 1 focus meet per season and 1 mid-season meet to gauge progress or qualify for next level meets. Athletes strive to qualify for USA Swimming meets (Olympic Trials, Nationals, Jr Nationals, Futures, Sectionals). Travel to major competitions is increased and expected.
  • Equipment: TIDE cap, goggles, Speedo kickboard, Speedo Pull Kick Pull Buoy Kickboard, Speedo small pull buoy, Hydro Tech 2 fins, Speedo bullet head adult snorkel, Strokemaker paddles, Arena Elite finger paddles, mesh bag, extra tubing for paddles, jump rope