Belper Marlin Swimming Club ran another hugely successful boot camp at Alfreton Sports Centre at the weekend as youngsters took a break from competitive action.
The children started the day at 8am with an hour in the pool improving their stroke skills and diving technique under the watchful eye of head coach Mike Brett.
This was followed by exercise in the sports hall with boxing training, personal fitness and even a spot of wobble boarding.
To keep their energy high, fruit and drink were provided by an army of volunteer parents. Lunch was the only let up for the squad.
The afternoon was a double circuit of one minute on, one minute off fitness activities. It was hard work but the disco music and the fun atmosphere kept the groups going.
To finish, a two-hour session in the pool was organised.
To onlookers this may seem a lot of work for a swimmer. However, to improve times, it is essential to land train as well as build strength within the water.
All involved gain a great deal from these events.
Whilst the boot camp was running, 16 adult helpers were sat in a classroom in Alfreton on a timing and judging course.
This ‘mental training’ will allow the club to continue to run open events inviting clubs from around the county.
A great day was had by all helping the club continue to develop and produce brilliant swimmers.