Group Descriptions

Swim team student ready to diveAll new swimmers must be evaluated by one of our USA Swimming coaches.  

New Swimmer Evaluations

There’s a possibility that the group you want might be currently filled. We recommend having two to three alternative options just in case. We do a very good job of maintaining our wait lists in the event that your only option is filled. If you’d like group availability prior to registering, please Contact Us.

National Group

This is the highest level competitive group that Nitro offers. Recommended for swimmers 15 and over who wish to participate in Sectional, National and potentially International competitions with a strong emphasis on USA Junior Nationals and Nationals. We also work to qualify as many swimmers as possible  to be USA Scholastic All-Americans in the classroom. This high intensity/ high reward group trains 9 pool practices a week, 4 dryland practices per week and offers structured strength programs as well. Swimming in college is another main objective of swimmers in the Nitro National Group and assistance with the recruiting process is offered to all group members. There is also a strong emphasis on community service as well as giving back to and being leaders of Nitro.

Equipment: Mesh Bag, Kickboard, Training Fins, Pull Buoy, Paddles, Tempo Trainer, Snorkel, Water Bottle, Shoes for Pool Use, Two Tennis Balls or Whiffle Balls, Appropriate Dry-land Clothes and Shoes

Practice Sessions/Week:  9
Cost:  See current schedule
Location:  Nitro-Bee Cave and Nitro-Cedar Park
Schedule:  See schedules to the right

National Development Group

National Development is for 13 and Older Swimmers who are already at the Sectional level, and whose goal is ultimately  to final at Sectionals and/or move on to our National Group. Our ND group is high intensity, highly technical, and focused on the three main areas of improvement in swimming: Technique, Strength, and Endurance. 8 practices a week are offered, and 3 dryland workouts.

Equipment: Mesh Bag, Kickboard, Training Fins, Pull Buoy, Paddles, Tempo Trainer, Snorkel, Water Bottle, Shoes for Pool Use, Two Tennis Balls or Whiffle Balls, Appropriate Dry-land Clothes and Shoes

Practice Sessions/Week:  8
Location:  Nitro-Bee Cave and Nitro-Cedar Park
Cost and Schedule Information

Sectional Development Group

The Sectional Development Group consists of 13 and older swimmers who have the ability, desire and commitment to continue and develop their competitive swimming career with Nitro. Swimmer's minimum age is 13. Sectional Development offers 8 workouts per week designed to help our athletes to qualify for the Senior Sectional level meet. In addition, many members of this group swim concurrently with their high school swim teams. High school programs usually practice in the morning and swim with their club team in the afternoon/evening. Swimming with this group will work hand in hand to provide the additional training needed for the high school swimmer to be competitive in both the USA Swimming and Texas High School programs.

Equipment: Mesh Bag, Kickboard, Training Fins, Zoomers (short find), Pull Buoy, Paddles, Tempo Trainer, Snorkel, Sponge Trainer (provided by coach), Water Bottle, Appropriate Dry-land Clothes and Shoes.

Minimum Practice Requirements:

  • High School Swim Team Members - 7 Total workouts per week (High School team workouts and Nitro workouts combined)
  • Non High School Swim Team Members - 6 Total workouts per week

Location:  Nitro-Cedar Park
Cost and Schedule Information 

Senior 

The Senior Group consists of predominantly 13 and older swimmers who have the ability, desire and commitment to continue and develop their competitive swimming career with Nitro. Challenging workouts designed to help our Senior athletes to qualify for the Sectional meet. In addition, many members of this group swim concurrently with their high school swim teams. High school programs usually practice in the morning and swim with their club team in the afternoon/evening. Swimming with this group will work hand in hand to provide the additional training needed for the high school swimmer to be competitive in both the USA Swimming and Texas High School programs.

Equipment: Mesh Bag, Kickboard, Training Fins, Pull Buoy, Paddles, Tempo Trainer, Snorkel, Water Bottle, Shoes for Pool Use, Two Tennis Balls or Whiffle Balls, Appropriate Dry-land Clothes and Shoes

Practice Sessions/Week:  6
Location:  Nitro-Bee Cave and Nitro-Cedar Park
Cost and Schedule Information 

TAGS 1 

Our top training group for our 13-14 yr olds at Cedar Park. Goal is to final (top 8) at TAGS (Texas Age Group Swimming Championships). Practices offered 6 days a week, including two weekday AM practices during the school year, for a total of 8 offered practices. Dryland is three days a week, and meet participation is required.

Equipment: Mesh Bag, Kickboard, Training Fins (Zoomers and/or Longer Fins), Pull Buoy, Paddles (Smaller Paddles, Green or Red), Finis Tempo Trainer, Snorkel, Water Bottle, Two Tennis Balls or Whiffle Balls, Band for Ankles (can be a cut/tied Thera-Band or Finis Band or similar), Appropriate Dry-land Clothes and Shoes, Nose Clips as needed

Practice Sessions/Week:  8
Location:  Nitro-Bee Cave and Nitro-Cedar Park
Cost and Schedule Information 

TAGS 2 

The TAGS 2 groups is for 11-13 yr old competitive swimmers.  This program is tailored for swimmers who have dedicated themselves to the sport of swimming, and are capable of consistently performing difficult training sets in practice, working towards becoming TAGS finalists and Sectionals qualifiers.  Swimmers can expect to be challenged on aerobic and anaerobic levels while embracing cutting edge and creative training techniques and drills, both in and out of the pool all season long. Swimmers will be placed in this group at the Coach’s discretion

Equipment: Mesh Bag, Training Fins, Kickboard, Red Paddles (Size 0.5), Pull Buoy, Snorkel (Nose clip optional but beneficial to Backstroke), Tempo Trainer, Cap, Goggles, Tennis Shoes for Dry-land (No Shoes, No Dry-land), Yoga Mat and Gym Clothes for Dry-land, Water Bottle (No Water, No Swimming or Dry-land). OPTIONAL: Nose Clip but beneficial for Backstroke

Location:  Nitro-Bee Cave and Nitro-Cedar Park
Cost and Schedule Information 

Middle School and High School Training

Designed for the Middle School and High school aged swimmer who wants to develop their competitive swimming skills without committing to the more rigorous 6 day a week advanced groups. Practices offered three times a week at Bee Cave, and four days a week at Cedar Park, meets/competitions available, not mandatory, but optional.

Equipment: Mesh Bag, Kickboard, Training Fins, Pull Buoy, Tempo Trainer, Snorkel, Water Bottle, Appropriate Dry-land Clothes and Shoes. OPTIONAL: Noseclip, alignment kickboard

Practice Sessions/Week: 3
Location: Nitro-Bee Cave
Cost and Schedule Information 

Gold

This group maintains an emphasis on stroke technique while incorporating more aerobic endurance, dryland exercises and racing skills. Gold group swimmers must show competency in all of the above skills as well as demonstrate a respectful and positive attitude at practices and swim meets to all team members. We encourage and teach a lifelong love and appreciation of the sport as we introduce this group to more rigorous training, preparing them to compete at the state level (TAGS). Practices are offered up to 6 days a week. Typical Ages: 9-12, some 13 yr olds.

Gold 1 -Equipment: Mesh Bag, Kickboard, Training Fins, Pull Buoy, Strokemaker Paddles, Snorkel, Finis Tempo Trainer, Water Bottle, Backup Cap and Goggles, Nose Clip (optional)

Gold 2 – Equipment: Mesh Bag, Kickboard, Training Fins, Snorkel, Pull Buoy, Water Bottle, Appropriate Dry-land Clothes and Shoes

Practice Sessions/Week:  6
Location:  Nitro-Bee Cave and Nitro-Cedar Park
Cost and Schedule Information 

 

Advanced Silver

Advanced Silver is the link between the Gold and Silver group for older and/or more experienced and technically skilled 9-12 year olds. Further emphasis is placed on stroke technique, interval training and pacing, and aerobic development. Group goals include consistent practice attendance, meet attendance, and achieving USA Swimming’s “A” times. Practices are 1 hr and 15 minutes, offered up to 5 days/week, with two days of dryland exercise added.

Equipment: Mesh Bag, Kickboard, Training Fins, Pull Buoy, Snorkel, Tempo Trainer, Water Bottle, Appropriate Dry-land Clothes and Shoes. OPTIONAL: Nose Clip, Alignment Kickboard

Practice Sessions/Week:  5
Location:  Nitro-Bee Cave
Cost and Schedule Information

Silver

This group builds upon the fundamental swimming skills learned in the Bronze Group. More advanced drills and training techniques are introduced progressively to improve overall coordination and efficiency in water. Swimmers are encouraged to attend practice regularly and participate in swim meets. Competitive goals include longer swims and sets, achieving USA Swimming’s ‘B/BB’ times, continuing to master the four competitive strokes, and gaining proficiency in turns, starts, and finishes. One hour practices are offered up to 4 days a week. Expected attendance is 75%. Typical age range: 8-12.

Equipment: Kickboard, Training Fins (long preferred), Pull Buoy, and Water Bottle

Practice Sessions/Week:  4
Location:  Nitro-Bee Cave and Nitro-Cedar Park
Cost and Schedule Information

Bronze

This is a competitive group that teaches intervals, challenging workouts, improvement of all four competitive strokes, starts, turns, finishes, and racing strategies. The Bronze group officially puts a swimmer on the “road” heading up the Nitro “super-highway” of competitive swimming. It is a great place for newer competitive swimmers coming from summer league or advanced swim lessons, and are looking to commit to two to three practices a week. We emphasize stroke technique, teamwork, basic training etiquette and behavior.  Meet participation is expected –  Meets offered approximately every 4-6 weeks. Typical age range in Bronze: 8-11.

Equipment: Standard Rectangular Kickboard, Training Fins, and Water Bottle

Practice Sessions/Week:  3
Location:  Nitro-Bee Cave and Nitro-Cedar Park
Cost and Schedule Information

TF1/TF2

Technique/Fitness Group.  This is the perfect group for the “casually competitive” swimmer. Once or Twice a week options, several time slots to accommodate the busiest of families. Practices are one hour, and attention to proper stroke details are emphasized with some endurance training as well, with a little bit of FUN thrown in!  Typical age range: 9-14.

Equipment: Standard Rectangular Kickboard, Training Fins, and Water Bottle

Practice Sessions/Week:  TF1 – 1,  TF-2 – 2
Location:  Nitro-Bee Cave and Nitro-Cedar Park
Cost and Schedule Information

Intro to Nitro

Intro to Nitro is our entry level TEAM group, introducing young athletes to the world of competitive swimming! Through the application of drills/skills/repeating of sound, basic swimming fundamentals and race strategies, our Intro to Nitro kiddos are taught an appreciation of the sport from an early age! Practices last 45 minutes, and options of once and twice a week are offered. Meets are offered approximately every 6 weeks. All four competitive strokes must be performed legally for 25 yards for entry onto our team groups.  Ideal age (but not limited to) is 6-9 yrs of age.  If a swimmer cannot yet demonstrate all four strokes legally, we offer the best learn to swim curriculum available anywhere right in the same building at our Nitro Swim School.

Equipment: Kickboard, Training Fins

Practice Sessions/Week:  Intro to Nitro 1 – 1,  Intro to Nitro 2 – 2
Location:  Nitro-Bee Cave and Nitro-Cedar Park
Cost and Schedule Information