St Paul’s Collegiate School’s swimming programme is offered all-year-round.
Depending on the student’s goals and athletic ability, they will train between two and five times per week in the 25m heated swimming pool, located onsite at St Paul’s. This is carried out in conjunction with the St Paul’s Swimming Club and the club’s coaching staff.
The swimming programme provides competition-focused training, preparing for the Waikato, North Island and New Zealand secondary schools' swimming championships.
Swimming lessons are also available for students who would like to maintain their fitness or who require conditioning training for multi-sport and open water events.
At the start of each term students are provided with a tailored programme in order to meet their skill level and athletic goals for the year. Students are categorised into three levels:
- Elite: Swimmers who want to compete at a regional, national or international level and who will train all-year-round.
- A squad: Swimmers who want to compete and train for the secondary schools' championships and multi-sport or open water events to meet qualifying standards.
- B squad: Swimmers who want to improve their overall swimming ability and confidence in the water in order to compete confidently during PE lessons and inter-house competitions.
There is a small cost of up to $80 per student, per term, which covers the cost of extra coaching for their lessons. Additional cost is incurred for entry into secondary school competitions, each competition is usually less than $10. Travel, competition and accommodation expenses incurred at tournaments is dispersed to students' accounts.
Roger Bell (teacher in charge)
For more information about the St Paul’s Swimming Club, visit the website or follow the Facebook page.