Squad Structure

Squad Progression

The Dereham Otters Swimming Club contains many squads which cater for swimmers of all ages and abilities.  For swimmers who aren’t yet in Performance  1 Squad, it is useful to know what criteria are used to judge swimmers before they can progress through to the next squad.

Movement is at the coaches’ discretion; the following criteria will be taken into consideration when assessing a swimmer for potential progression to a higher squad.

  • Commitment to competition (Open, Club & House). We are a competitive club and we value commitment in this highly
  • Dedication and attitude to training
  • Attendance – this has an effect on stamina and performance
  • Stamina
  • Stroke proficiency


Each squad has its own skill requirements; and therefore every movement between squads is considered carefully by both coaches involved.  A trial period will be arranged should it be deemed necessary.

The coaching team will also move swimmers down a squad as necessary; and protocol will be followed when this takes place.

Competition Entry

House Gala – All Squads

Open Galas– County 1, County 2, Performance 3, Performance 2 and Performance 1  (Swimmer must hold Competitive Start Award)

Club Gala – Any swimmer asked to swim for the club should endeavour to do so.  We are a small club and it is often difficult to find swimmers in some age groups, particularly cut-off galas.  Team lists will be circulated via email by the Team Manager and you will find a list of selected swimmers on the notice boards at both Swanton Morley & Dereham; please tick or cross as applicable or reply by email as soon as possible.