Competitive Swim Team Programs

Waterloo Swimming is a new name in Austin swimming….but we are not new. Waterloo’s coaches have over 30 years of experience coaching swimmers to achieve their goals. Coach Mike recently left a local swim club to open Waterloo. At that previous club, swimmers broke over 40 swim team records along with swimmers achieving over 150 Top 5 Times at that club. As well, Waterloo has representation in college swim teams from D3 to D1 programs.

Waterloo Swimming (WLOO) is a USA Swimming Team. We place swimmers based on skill / ability. Our coaches have developed swimmers that have competed at STAGS, TAGS, Sectionals and Jr Nationals events. WLOO recently took 5th overall at STAGS and 16th overall at Southern Sectionals, with the men’s team placing 10th!

Our swim coaches are USA Swimming certified and American Swim Coaches Association members. They are always looking to learn from the latest techniques and technology while continued being-grounded in our core program. Each coach strives to create a fun yet challenging environment for our swimmers…and, we not only hold each coach accountable to results, but also the swimmers to give effort at every practice.

Waterloo trains swimmers to be able to race. At the center is training a swimmer’s legs and aerobic system to sustain throughout the race. Each practice includes warm-up, a hard kick set, and one to two main sets – depending on the group and time in the training cycle. Every three weeks, we run a test set with each group to understand what progress each swimmer is making towards their goals – either kicking or swimming. Drills and technique work are integrated into the workout.

Swimmers in the younger groups will periodically do exercises out of the water during their practice time to increase overall conditioning. As the swimmers move up to Silver 1, we then offer scheduled dryland workouts. These exercises are designed to increase aerobic capacity as well as strength and overall conditioning. Early on swimmers use body-weight and simple tools in dryland. Later as maturation has started, we integrate more tools into the swimmers dryland program.

Beginning with the Silver 2 group and through the Senior group, coaches sit down with each swimmer to evaluate their goals for the next season…while looking back on the previous season of what worked (or didn’t). Parents are welcome to attend this session with the swimmer and coach.

Swim meets are not required but encouraged for swimmers with 75% attendance (see Swim Team Policies). Meets are a chance to see progress and race against others.

Move ups between groups tend to occur at the end of short course (SCY) and long course (LCM) seasons. Coaches will review all aspects of move up timing, including test sets, leadership in the lane and group, mental, physical and emotional readiness. Attendance and practice (dryland included) effort will also be considered as variables.

For more information about our Swim Fitness programs please visit our Swim Fitness page.

Swim Team Group Descriptions


GroupDescriptionMonthly Dues
Bronze 1Introduction to year round swimming and daily 45 minute practices. This group is designed to build endurance and readiness for the Bronze 2 group.$140 (5 days/Mon-Fri)
Bronze 2Designed for age-group swimmers. The focus is to continue the development of stroke mechanics and competitive rules with an increased emphasis on interval training and aerobic swimming. These swimmers are improving with B and BB time standards. Success of each individual swimmer is based on an increased commitment level in attendance and practice effort. Introduction to goal setting and race strategies. Swimmers in this group attend local, regional and state meets.$140 (5 days/wk + Sat AM)
Silver 1Designed for advanced age-group swimmers passing Bronze 2. These swimmers are at STAGS and TAGS or a season away from making cuts. The focus is to continue the development of stroke mechanics and competitive rules with an increased emphasis on interval training and aerobic swimming. Success of individual swimmers is based on an increased commitment in attendance & effort.

Two optional dryland practices are offered.
$150 (5 days/wk + Sat AM)
Silver 2Comprised of the most skilled and experienced age-group swimmers at or working on TAGS cuts. Dryland training is increased to four days per week and water time is increased to 90 minutes. Swimmers in this group are expected to make a strong commitment with respect to attendance and training efforts.$160 (5 days/wk + Sat AM)
GoldComprised of the swimmers that have multiple TAGS cuts or a season away from those time standards. Swimmers in this group are expected to make a strong commitment with respect to attendance and training efforts. These swimmers are striving to maximize their age group abilities, while readying themselves for sectional cuts.$160 (5 days/wk + Sat AM)
SeniorThis group is comprised of swimmers at the highest ability level, typically high school swimmers. These swimmers have Sectionals and National cuts. These groups train 2+ hours each day maximizing mental and physical skills. Dryland training, & goal setting, & race strategies are emphasized. Continued focus on endurance, speed, perfection of stroke technique, and commitment to all aspects of swimming are expected at this level. Swimmers in this group attend local, state, regional, and national meets. There is a 75% practice attendance requirement in this group.$190 (5 days/wk + Sat AM)

If you have questions about your practice time please email us at info@waterlooswimming.com or stop by the front desk.

Competitive Swimming Groups

Bronze 1

Introduction to year round swimming and daily 45 minute practices. This group is designed to build endurance and readiness for the Bronze 2 group. Swimmers in the group attend local meets.

Requirements:

  • Swim all four strokes legally or pass Intermediate Stroke School
  • Racing starts and turns
  • Endurance for 45 minute swim practice

Equipment: Swim bag, Kickboard, Goggles, Fins, and Snorkel

Group Information:

  • Monday – Friday 3:45pm, 4:30pm, 5:15pm, 6:15pm or 7:00pm. (group times not interchangeable)
  • $140 per month

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Bronze 2

Designed for age-group swimmers. The focus is to continue the development of stroke mechanics and competitive rules with an increased emphasis on interval training and aerobic swimming. These swimmers are improving with B and BB time standards. Success of each individual swimmer is based on an increased commitment level in attendance and practice effort. Introduction to goal setting and race strategies. Swimmers in this group attend local, regional and state meets.

Requirements:
Bronze Competitive Swimmers

  • Swim all four strokes legally
  • Race Diving
  • Endurance for 60 minute swim practice

Equipment: Swim bag, kickboard, goggles, fins, swim paddles, buoy and snorkel

Group Information:

  • Monday – Friday 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 6:00pm or 7:45pm (group times not interchangeable)
  • Saturday – 10:00am
  • $140 per month

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Silver 1

Designed for advanced age-group swimmers passing Bronze 2. These swimmers are at STAGS and TAGS or a season away from making cuts. The focus is to continue the development of stroke mechanics and competitive rules with an increased emphasis on interval training and aerobic swimming. Success of individual swimmers is based on an increased commitment in attendance & effort. Introduction to goal setting and race strategies. Swimmers will be introduced to dryland exercises a few days a week. Swimmers in this group attend local, regional and state meets.

Requirements:

  • Pass Bronze 2
  • Endurance for 60 minute swim practice

Equipment: Swim bag, Kickboard, Goggles, Fins, Snorkel, Pulling Paddles and Pull Buoy

Group Information:

  • Monday – Friday 4:30pm, 6:15pm, 7:45pm (times are not interchangeable)
  • Optional 30 minute dryland practices on Wednesdays at 5:30p or 7:15pm and Saturdays at 9:30am
  • Saturday – 10:00am
  • $150 per month

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Silver 2

Comprised of the most skilled and experienced age-group swimmers at or working on TAGS cuts. Dryland training is increased to four days per week and water time is increased to 90 minutes. Swimmers in this group are expected to make a strong commitment with respect to attendance and training efforts. These swimmers are striving to maximize their age group abilities. Goal setting and race strategies are emphasized. Swimmers in this group attend local, regional and state meets.

Requirements:

  • Pass Silver 1
  • Endurance for 90 minute swim practice plus dryland

Equipment: Swim bag, Kickboard, Goggle, Fins, Snorkel, Pull Buoy,Pulling Paddles, and Dryland Equipment: tennis shoes, workout attire, yoga mat or towel

Group Information:

  • Monday – Friday 4:45pm or 7:15pm (times are not interchangeable)
  • Saturday – 10:00am-11:00am
  • Dryland Training – 6:15pm-7:00pm – Monday-Thursday (optional)
  • $160 per month

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Gold

Comprised of those swimmers that have multiple TAGS cuts or a season away from those time standards. Swimmers in this group are expected to make a strong commitment with respect to attendance and training efforts. These swimmers are striving to maximize their age group abilities, while readying themselves for sectional cuts. Goal setting and race strategies are emphasized. Swimmers in this group attend local, regional and state meets.

Requirements:

  • Pass Silver 2
  • Endurance for 90 minute swim practice plus dryland

Equipment: Swim bag, Kickboard, Goggles, Fins, Snorkel, Pull Buoy, Pulling Paddles, Dryland Equipment: tennis shoes, workout attire, yoga mat or towel

Group Information:

  • Monday – Friday 4:45pm or 7:15pm (times are not interchangeable)
  • Saturday – 8:00am-10:00am
  • Dryland Training – 6:15pm-7:00pm – Monday-Thursday (optional)
  • $160 per month

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Senior

This group is comprised of swimmers at the highest ability level, typically high school swimmers. These swimmers have Sectionals and National cuts. These groups train 2+ hours each day maximizing mental and physical skills. Dryland training, & goal setting, & race strategies are emphasized. Continued focus on endurance, speed, perfection of stroke technique, and commitment to all aspects of swimming are expected at this level. Swimmers in this group attend local, state, regional, and national meets. There is a 75% practice attendance requirement in this group.

Requirements:

  • By invitation

Equipment: Swim bag, Kickboard, Goggles, Fins, Snorkel, Pull Buoy, Pulling Paddles, Dryland Equipment: tennis shoes, workout attire, yoga mat or towel

Group Information:

  • There is a 75% attendance requirement to be in the Senior Group
  • Swim practice schedule beginning August 28, 2017
    • Morning: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 6:30am – 8:00am; Friday 7:00am-8:30am
    • Afternoon: Monday – Friday 5:30pm–7:30pm
    • Saturday AM: 8:00am–10:00am
  • Dryland Training (optional) – Monday – Thursday 4:45pm-5:30pm
  • $190 per month

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Waterloo Swimming
12332 Ranch Road 620 N
Austin, Texas 78750
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