We have a highly organised programme with ASA qualified teachers to teach our younger children to be strong all round swimmers based on the ASA National Teaching Plan. Swimmers move through the teaching grades working their way up through the groups with opportunities to take part in development swim gala’s and to join the talent id group if selected by their teachers.
Those swimmers wishing to take the next step from teaching, wanting to compete and who can make the commitment to training move through in progressive stages from teaching into the County Development, County, Regional and National squads. Our competitive squads have gone from strength to strength culminating in the club winning the Sussex league in 2016 for the first time in its history. Our aim is to help the swimmers progress technically and physically so that they can compete and perform to the best of their ability at county, regional, and national level.
Youth Training Squads
Our newly introduced youth group and youth training squads sit alongside the competitive squads on our club pathway. Swimmers who have come into the sport a little later or who perhaps do not quite reach the standards for the age relevant competitive squad are able to swim in these groups, progress their swimming through from youth training 2, youth training 1 to Youth group which acts as a bridge to the competitive squads for those showing the potential and commitment to move up. Criteria is a little more relaxed in our youth training groups and swimmers may or may not compete based on their preference. Some swimmers use these group to enhance their fitness in general or for other sports that they take part in. The swimmers in these groups / squads follow similar programmes to the competitive with technical instruction and development of swimming skills being a key part of their sessions.
Those aged 19 or over and still wish to continue swimming have the option of swimming in our Masters section. This is a very popular club for adults of all ages and abilities, with tailored teaching sessions for those learning to swim and squad coaching for our competitive Masters.
The Mid-Sussex Marlins Masters section is proud to have British, European and World Record holders and champions amongst its swimmers.
Having a disability is certainly no barrier to becoming a successful swimmer and we have many talented people in our disability section. We have two squads called Starfish (based at the Dolphin, Haywards Heath) and Dolphins (based at the Triangle, Burgess Hill).
It’s not all swimming! We have a talented squad of players of all ages. Water polo is a great sport to play. It builds fitness, team spirit and is a thoroughly enjoyable game to play by anyone. The Marlins have a very successful Women’s team, in particular, who compete in the National Women’s Water Polo League.