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PAC Training Groups

The Portland Aquatic Club is always attracting swimmers full of talent and potential. In our continuing efforts to improve opportunities for all of our swimmers and families we have updated our PAC Training Groups with the following intentions:

  • To offer more training and development opportunities to all swimmers
  • To provide clear development pathways for all swimmers
  • To establish clear and transparent age and "time" standards for performance groups
  • To align with USA swimming’s developmental recommendations

TRAINING GROUPS HIGHLIGHTS

To view a diagram of the revised PAC Training Group Highlights described below please CLICK HERE

Note: Site pools refers to Columbia, Southwest Community Center, and Mt. Scott pools.

Training Group assignment/reassignment happens three times each year.  September, December, April

Developmental and Cross-Training Groups:

Bronze

  • 10 and Under Only.
  • 1 – 1½ hour practices (at coaches discretion) Tuesday and Thursday at site pools.
  • Additional championship team practices may be offered to those with “A” times.

Silver

  • 12 and Under Only.
  • 1½  hour practices Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at site pools.
  • Additional championship team practices may be offered to those with “A” times.

Gold Three

  • 14 and Under Only.
  • 1½  hour practices Monday through Friday at site pools.
  • Swimmers may choose either a three day/week or a 5 day/week option.   
  • Additional championship team practices may be offered to those under 12 with “A” times.
  • Opportunities to attend Dishman Saturday Practices may be offered to those 12-14 who select the 5 days/week option, have 80% attendance, and are working towards entry into the performance training groups.    

Senior Three  

  • High School Only.
  • 1½  hour practices Monday through Friday at site pools.
  • Swimmers may choose either a three day/week or a 5 day/week option.
  • Opportunities to attend Columbia Morning and/or Dishman Saturday Practices may be offered to those who select the 5 days/week option, have 80% attendance, and are working towards entry into the performance training groups.

Performance Training Groups:

Gold Two

  • 12 – 14 year olds Only.
  • 1½ hour practices Monday through Friday at site pools AND Saturdays at Dishman.
  • Opportunities to attend Columbia Mornings may be offered.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimum 1 “A” time for respective age group
  • 80% attendance
  • Goal to transition to Gold One or Senior 2 group

Gold One  

  • 12-14 year olds Only.
  • Three 2 ½ hour practices Monday through Friday at Dishman AND
  • Two 1½ hour practices Monday through Friday at site pools (Exact days at each pools to be determined in September based on registration numbers) AND
  • Saturday practice at Dishman
  • Columbia Mornings offered

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimum 4 “A” times for respective age group AND/OR
  • 1 Age Group Regional Time for respective age group
  • 80% attendance
  • Goal to transition into Senior One group

Senior Two

  • 2014-2015 season 8th Grade and over Only. (2015-2016 season forward High School Only).
  • Three 2 ½ hour practices Monday through Friday at Dishman AND
  • Two 1½ hour practices Monday through Friday at site pools (Exact days at each pool to be determined in September based on registration numbers) AND
  • Saturday practice at Dishman
  • Columbia Mornings offered

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimum 1 14 year old “A” time
  • 80% attendance
  • Goal to transition into Senior 1 group

Senior One

  • 2014-2015 season 8th Grade and over Only. (2015-2016 season forward High School Only).
  • Five 2½ hour practices Monday through Friday AND
  • Saturday practice at Dishman
  • Columbia Mornings offered

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimum 4 14 year old “A” times AND/OR
  • 1 Age Group Regional Time for respective age group
  • 80% attendance.
  • Full Commitment to Senior Team