Sláinte trí Snámh
Established 1993

Laser Competitive Pathway Structure

1. Junior Squad

This is the beginning of the pathway for our competitive swimmers, where children learn the skills that are required for competitive swimming.

Leisureland on Mondays: 
Improvers @4.15-5pm & Advanced @5-5.45pm

2. Development Squad

Once swimmers reach the advanced stage of Junior Squad and the coach assess them as ready to progress, they will be invited to join the Development Squad.

The aim of the Development Squad is to develop the technique and stamina needed to progress into the competitive structure. It is not a teaching class so therefore swimmers need to show good technique in all strokes before being considered for this group.

There are two levels in this group:

Level 1: Some swimmers may need a little more work on their strokes so will continue to attend their Junior Squad session on Monday 5-5.45pm PLUS they will attend lane sessions in Kingfisher NUIG on Thursdays 5-6pm.

Level 2: When the coach feels the swimmer is ready to progress further, their next step is to progress to Mondays Lane 5 Development Squad from 4.15-5.45pm PLUS an advanced session in Kingfisher NUIG on Thursdays 5-6pm.

The next step for swimmers is to decide if they are interested in continuing into the competitive structure. Once the coach has assessed and seen that a swimmer is ready to progress, and the swimmer and parents/guardians are happy to commit, the swimmer can move up to the B/C Squad. In this squad, the number of training sessions will increase and the swimmer enters the competitive structure.

3. B/C Squad

This is the swimmer's first step into the competitive structure. Parents need to be aware that our competitive structure requires a commitment to attend training sessions during the school term and holidays, and galas.

C Squad:
3 Sessions per Week 
Mon 4.15-5.45pm Leisureland 
Wed 6pm-7.30pm Kingfisher NUIG
Sunday 9am-10.30am Kingfisher NUIG

B Squad:
4 Sessions per Week
As above, but additionally 
Thursday 6-7.30am Leisureland

B/C and A squad swimmers compete in Regional Development Meets. The goal is to achieve C, B, then A times. The qualifying times for each grade are defined each year by Swim Connacht and posted on their website at

4. A Squad

When a swimmer achieves an A time in 100m back, breast or freestyle at a graded gala, they progress into the A Squad. They continue to attend B/C galas in order to achieve A times in the other strokes. They can also attend certain A galas on the coach's advice.

A Squad
5 Sessions per Week
Mon 4.15-5.45pm Leisureland
Wed 5.45-7.15pm Leisureland
Thursday 6-7.30am Leisureland
Saturday 11-1.30pm Ocean Fitness

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