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

 

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.

 

 


  • Equipment: Each swimmer in Mini Squad should have a mesh kitbag containing the following items – cap, goggles, own kickboard, pair of flippers/fins (these may be either long or short style) and a waterbottle.
  • Swimmers in this squad will train 1 to 3 times a week for a one hour session.
  • Available times: Mini Squad is conducted at both SSA venues - Redeemer Lutheran College and John Paul College, simultaneously every afternoon Monday to Friday, 3.30pm - 4.30pm.  See the weekly mini/junior SCHEDULE here.

 

 junior squad

 

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.

 

 

  • Equipment: Each swimmer in Junior Squad should have a mesh kitbag containing the following items – cap, goggles, own kickboard, pair of flippers/fins (these may be either long or short style), a pull buoy, set of hand paddles and a waterbottle.
  • Swimmers in this squad will train 2 to 5 times a week for a one hour to one and a half hour session.
  • Available times: Swimmers may choose from the following available times - Tuesday and Thursday mornings 6:15am - 7:15am; and Monday to Friday afternoons 3.30pm - 5.00pm. Junior Squad is conducted at both SSA venues - Redeemer Lutheran College and John Paul College, The afternoon times are simultaneous at both venues; however Tuesday morning is at JPC only, and Thursday morning is at RLC only. See the weekly mini/junior SCHEDULE here.

 

 state squad

 

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.

 

  • Equipment: Each swimmer in State Squad should have a mesh kitbag containing the following items – cap, goggles, own kickboard, pair of flippers/fins (these must be short style), a pull buoy, set of hand paddles, set of finger paddles, snorkel and a waterbottle.
  • Swimmers in this squad will train 4 to 7 times a week including both morning and evening sessions, each for 2 hours averaging 3 to 5 km per session. Training includes two dry land core sessions per week in addition to pool swimming.
  • Available times: Mornings on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 5.15am – 7.15am.  Not Wednesday mornings. Saturday 6.00am - 8.00am. Evenings on Monday to Friday, 5.00pm – 7.00pm. The State squad alternates between the SSA venues - Redeemer Lutheran College and John Paul College. See the weekly State/National SCHEDULE here.

 

 national squad

 

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.

  • Equipment: Each swimmer in National Squad should have a mesh kitbag containing the following items – cap, goggles, own kickboard, pair of flippers/fins (these must be short style), a pull buoy, set of hand paddles, set of finger paddles, snorkel and a waterbottle.
  • Swimmers in this squad train 8 or more times a week including both morning and evening sessions, each for 2 hours averaging 4 to 6 km per session. Training includes dry land and gym sessions in addition to pool swimming.
  • Available times: Mornings on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 5.15am – 7.15am.  Not Wednesday mornings. Saturday 6.15am - 8.15am. Evenings on Monday to Friday, 5.00pm – 7.00pm. The National squad alternates between the SSA venues - Redeemer Lutheran College and John Paul College. See the weekly State/National SCHEDULE here.

Training Times Summary

   Mini Squad

   3.30pm to 4.30pm Monday to Friday

   Junior Squad

  6:15am to 7:15am Tuesday (JPC only) and Thursday (RLC only)

  3.30pm to 5.00pm Monday to Friday

   State Squad and

   National Squad


  5.15am to 7.15am Mon, Tues, (not Wed morning), Thurs, Fri

  6.15am to 8.15am Saturday

  5.00pm to 7.00pm Monday to Friday