Southside Aquatics offers 4 squad levels to cater for swimmers of various swimming abilities who wish to swim competitively. Each swimmer at SSA is placed in a training squad most appropriate for their skill level, attitude and commitment. Sound techniques and proper fundamentals are addressed at all levels. Depending on the squad level, training includes dry land training and gym work in addition to pool swimming. Swimmers will naturally transition to the next level as their skills develop and according to individual goals and desires. All four squads use both SSA venues at Redeemer Lutheran College and John Paul College.
Mini Squad is for young swimmers who can already swim 25m in all four strokes to progress their skills. There are lots of fun activities with the main focus on developing stroke-making techniques in all four strokes – freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Stroke technique forms the basis of improved swimming and is the foundation of successful future competition.
The Junior Squad provides opportunities for swimmers to develop a wide variety of skills for progression to racing such as starts, turns and finishes, while maintaining correct techniques in all strokes. Swimmers are introduced to elementary training techniques including drills and sets, using the pace clock and swimming longer distances.
The State Squad is for swimmers who show the necessary dedication and commitment, and are achieving qualifying times for competition at Queensland state level. Swimmers commit to attendance requirements and a year round training program. This squad introduces swimmers to greater endurance, building muscular strength and more advanced skills for racing while maintaining sound techniques in all strokes. There is also a marked emphasis on the development of character, discipline and confidence in each swimmer to develop personal strategies for handling the challenges of higher level competition.
The National Squad is the top level for swimmers at a high performance level pursuing competition at the national and international level. Swimmers commit to attendance requirements and a year round training program. Each swimmer follows an individualised program to finely tune stroke technique and racing skills while exploring and developing individual talent. Endurance and strength are also developed further. There is continued development of character, desire, determination and confidence in each swimmer in the context of open competition at elite level.