Tasman Magic Pathway to Competitive Swimming
The Tasman Magic Academy is the entry point for young swimmers graduating from SwimMagic’s Gold squad to competitive swimming.
The programme provides a comprehensive coaching pathway from “Learn to Swim” right through to Senior Age Group swimmers competing at National and International level.
Swimmers start in our junior group and progress at their own pace through Intermediates, then Age and finally our Youth squad.
When young swimmers join the programme they also have the option to join a local swim club so that they are affiliated to Swimming NZ (SNZ) and Swimming Nelson Marlborough (SNM). Once they are a member of a club and affiliated they can swim in “age appropriate” swim meets.
If your swimmer has an existing club affiliation they can stay with that club. If not then we encourage you to join the Tasman Swim Club as most of our swimmers are members of that club.
If you would like to join the Tasman Swim Club all information and membership applications are available on their website tasman.swimming.org.nz
Junior Squad: Monday - Friday
Junior squad is targeted at swimmers new to competitions and those who have recently graduated from the SwimMagic learn to swim programme. We will continue to develop the swimmers technique and introduce race skills such as racing starts, turns and finishes. They can have the option to compete at “organised swim meets” against other clubs.
Intermediate: Monday - Friday
Intermediate squad is the next step on our squad structure ladder, we will introduce advanced stroke development and continue to develop racing starts, turns and finishes. Swimmers will begin to do simple training sets so that they can read the session from the white board, manage themselves using the clock and control the intensity of the work they are doing based on specific race pace intensities.
Intermediate plus is the transition squad between afternoon and morning sessions and is an extension on the already existing intermediate squad.
We will introduce advanced stroke development and continue to develop racing starts, turns and finishes. Swimmers will begin to do simple training sets so that they can read the session from the white board, manage themselves using the clock and control the intensity of the work they are doing based on specific race pace intensities.
Age Squad is the first of our morning based squads, this level is our first step towards true performance swimming with a focus on success at regional and national level meets. We will continue to refine their stroke technique and teach them to plan for their races so that they can execute a simple to advanced race strategies. We will also introduce goal setting, target times specific to key events.
Youth Squad is the top level of our programme were we fine tune their stroke technique and skills to an elite level, whilst adding strength and conditioning, at this level of our programme we start to introduce/target national medals, development squads and NZ team honours.
We will aim for them to qualify for National Age Group Championship, New Zealand Open Championships & New Zealand Short Course Championships also whilst still competing at selected local and regional competitions.