Aquatic Disciplines

Aquatic Disciplines: Masters Swimming/Open Water/Water Polo/Diving/ Triathlon/Synchronised Swimming

  1. I swim a few times a week at my local gym. I enjoy it and want to get better but am not interested in joining a Club or paying for private coaching. Is there any resource available that I can use, with sample drills and swim sessions? My goal is to swim 1500m as part of a triathlon.

The Swim Ireland “So-Swim”Programme has four individually designed fitness swimming programmes, from easy to advanced. The fourprogrammes are available in waterproof, easy to follow guides that comprise of 64 unique, challenging, swimming focused training sessions.

“So-Slim” is an aqua-aerobics programme containing 13 different, highly effective aqua-exercises across the 64 programmes.

  • “So-Fit One” is part one of a challenging swim-fit programme with sessions building in distance from 500m to 1,500m.
  • “So-Fit Two” is a more comprehensive and challenging swim-fit programme which develops speed, power and muscle endurance with sessions building in distance from 1,500m to 3,000m.
  • “So-Fit Three” is our most challenging swim-for programme which further develops speed, power and muscle endurance with sessions building in distance from 3,000m to 6,000m.

If you would like to swim 1,500m then “So-Fit One” and “So-Fit Two” would be the ideal plans for you. “So-Fit One” will get you up to 1,500m and “So Fit-Two” will help develop the endurance to swim a race of that distance.

2. At what age can I swim in a Masters competition?

Masters competitions are open to everyone aged 19 years or older on 31st December in the year of the competition (i.e. in 2013, anyone who was born in 1994 or earlier can take part).

3. I am a Triathlete and would like some additional help and support to improve my swimming technique. Does Swim Ireland do anything to help people like me?

We would suggest joining one of our Clubs where you can benefit from instruction of the qualified ClubCoach. Details of our Clubs can be found here (link to the map?)or by contacting one of our Development Officers.

If you are happy with your technique, and would like to develop your speed, power and endurance, the Swim Ireland “So-Swim”Programme has individually designed fitness swimming programmes, from easy to advanced, details below:

 

  • “So-Fit One” is part one of a challenging swim-fit programme with sessions building in distance from 500m to 1,500m
  • “So-Fit Two” is a more comprehensive and challenging swim-fit programme which develops speed, power and muscle endurance with sessions building in distance from 1,500m to 3,000m
  • “So-Fit Three” is our most challenging swim-for programme which further develops speed, power and muscle endurance with sessions building in distance from 3,000m to 6,000m.

4. I have learnt to swim (in school or other) – what else can I do now?

If you wish to swim for fun and fitness rather than competition, you could join one of our Clubs or purchase part of the Swim Ireland “So-Swim”Programme which contains easy to follow training session you can do in your local pool.

If you wish to swim to compete, click hereto find our list of Clubs and contact the one that suits you best and enquire about joining.

5. Do I need to be a very strong swimmer to join an adult swimming Club?

No. Most of our Masters (adult only) Clubs cater for all levels.

6. Do you have a list of adult swimming Clubs in my area?

These Clubs are on the map of Clubs available here. Alternatively, contact a Swim Ireland Development Officer who will point you in the right direction of your local Clubs.

7. I am 29 years old and want to get into swimming as I’m interested in triathlons. I can swim 200m but I cannot swim or breathe properly. Where do I go to progress my swimming in order to progress my triathletes?

We would suggest joining one of our Masters Clubs (for details of all Clubs please click here) where you can benefit from the instruction of a qualified Clubcoach.

Once you are happy with your technique and if you prefer swimming on your own and would like to develop your speed, power and endurance, then the Swim Ireland “So-Swim”Programme has individually designed fitness swimming programmes, from easy to advanced, details below:

 

  • “So-Fit One” is part one of a challenging swim-fit programme with sessions building in distance from 500m to 1,500m
  • “So-Fit Two” is a more comprehensive and challenging swim-fit programme which develops speed, power and muscle endurance with sessions building in distance from 1,500m to 3,000m
  • “So-Fit Three” is our most challenging swim-for programme which further develops speed, power and muscle endurance with sessions building in distance from 3,000m to 6,000m.

8. Do I have to be a good swimmer to play Water Polo?

Yes you would need to be a competent swimmer.

9. Do I have to be able to swim to become a diver?

Yes you would need to be able to swim, however, not at a very high level. Most divers would only need to be able to swim 10-15m from where they enter the water to the edge of the pool.

10. Are there any Synchronised Swimming Clubs in Ireland or somewhere my child can learn this sport?

At the moment Swim Ireland does not have any Synchronised Swimming Clubs registered, however, if there is enough interest in one area, we would be delighted to help set one up. Please contact one of our Development Officers for further information on how to do this.