Practice Groups

Maclay Northside Dolphins offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of the the Club to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities.

Please email Coach Bob at: Our practice groups include the following:

  1. Beluga
  2. Advanced Beluga
  3. Intermediate I
  4. Intermediate II
  5. Intermediate III
  6. High School Conditioning
  7. Advanced I
  8. Advanced II

Group Descriptions

Beluga & Advanced Beluga

Both Beluga groups are focused primarily on stroke technique. Level 1 is the very beginning group, while level 2 is the group that is comprised of children that are a little older and who can move a little faster in their learning curve.

The Advanced Belugas are starting to learn to workout and condition their bodies, in addition to focusing on stroke technique.


All 3 Intermediate groups are in the process of focusing more and more on conditioning, while still maintaining their technique. Basic knowledge of technique of all four strokes is already achieved by the time a child reaches this level; however, stroke remains a principle focal point in practice. With each level the child moves up in Intermediate, the conditioning aspect of their training becomes more and more important.


Advanced groups have very strong practice attendance of at least five times a week and more in than five in the summer. At this point, the child is ready to really focus on conditioning. However, their coaches will continue to encourage technique improvement as well. It is fairly common for level 1 Advanced swimmers to swim 4500-5000 meters or more in a practice and level 2 Advanced swimmers to swim 5500-6500 meters or more in a practice. The two Advanced groups are divided more by age and maturity than anything else. Level 2 is comprised of the older, more mature, children who can handle two practices a day when school is out, and who can swim longer, more challenging sets.