The Lakers Aquatic Club offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of the Lakers Aquatic Club to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of their abilities.

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Minnows/Learn to Swim (Coach Riley Shea). This group meets twice a week and is intended to shed young persons fears of the water, and establish strong streamline kicking skills in all four strokes. Learning how to correctly breath in the free style in order to make one length of the pool without stopping is a major group goal in order to advance to Speedsters.

Speedsters (Coach Joseph Crachiola)

This group is offered as training for the pre-competitive swimmer and swims three days per week.  The main focus will be on the FUNdementals of swimming...working on stroke drills, freestyle, backstrokestroke, streamlining, breathing and endurance techniques required to move to the Silver competitive group. Swimmers need to be able to do 3x100 freestyle and 3x100 IM without stopping (except for a minimal rest interval) and perform all strokes and turns legally to move up.



(Coach Elanina Hogle

This group is for the more experienced swimmer who has completed the goals in Speedsters.  It practices four days per week and the main emphasis of this group is still stroke technique, kicking, streamlining and starts & turns.  The swimmers in this group will be introduced to training concepts that include interval swimming.  The primary focus being on freestyle and IM training to establish a solid endurance base. Swimmers need to be able to perform the 500 freestyle in less than 7:45 and other criteria set forth in the Guidelines for Advancement to advance to the Blue group.  



(Coach Stacy Malinova & Elaina Hogle)

This group is for the experienced swimmer that has made a commitment to their sport and has exceled in the Silver group.  The BLUE swimmer has a solid base of all the competitive strokes and is ready to focus on training their bodies at five practices per week plus dryland.  The main emphasis will still remain on stroke technique, kicking, streamlines, starts and turns.  However in this group conditioning and training principles will be used to teach the swimmer how to push themselves beyond their comfort zone.  At this level the swimmers will learn a great deal about training the different energy systems of their bodies to prepare them for peak performance.  

GOLD Group
(Coach Paul Kraft)

This group is for the older, experienced swimmer, who has demonstrated excellent attendance and leadership in the BLUE group. The group has a MINIMUM attendance level of five days per week. They must have achieved state qualifying times in the 13-14 age group and shown an ability to train freestyle as described in the Guidelines for Advancement. Good flexilibity is required as is a demonstrated ability to push oneself through painful training sets required to compete at the OPEN state level of swimming. The main emphasis will be stroke technique, conditioning and intense training of all energy systems of the body.  The swimmer in this group has made a clear committment to their sport and training.  Swimmers in this group are dedicated and attend practice on a daily basis.  Swimmers in this group are high level state swimmers who are pursuing Sectional, Jr National, Sr National and Olympic Trial time standards.