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Group Description and Expectations

The Nemos and Cool Crocs Squads focus on fundamental skill development. Swimmers are working to maintain skills in time trials for future participation in open meets. Those who are old enough to compete will be invited to do so when they are ready. Time trials are a regular occurrence in this program to evaluate progress.

Ages 7-10 as of 31st December

All Squad Expectations:

  • Has an excellent attitude, and desire to progress. Demonstrates a strong work ethic and committed to achieving the attendance requirement as determined by the Lead Coach.
  • Works to make technical changes in all four strokes, starts and turns.

Squad Criteria

Coaches will make group selections for Nemos and Cool Crocs based on skill level and ability to train all four strokes in a group environment.

Coach’s Discretion

Coaches reserve the right to move swimmers within our club pathway regardless of age and to the benefit of their individual stage of development.

To make an enquiry about joining the squad click here.

Cool croc swimmers use both the teaching pool facilities and the larger pools at our training venues. Emphasis is on refining the technique of the four major strokes and introducing technical points of starts and turns in preparation for competitive racing. The priority of the squad is for swimmers to develop their skills in an enjoyable and inclusive environment.

To view the training timetable click here.

The Coaching Team

Cool Crocs is led by the head coach of our junior squads: Richard Pilcher. Rich brings a wealth of experience to the programme as a level two coach and experienced physical education teacher. Rich is a former competitive swimmer and member of the club since 1992. He still swims occasionally in the masters’ squad for fitness.

Mark Bromage: Mark is another graduate of the Coderby swimming pathway. Mark worked his way up to the national squad becoming a county champion along the way! He recently rejoined the club as a qualified coach.

Jay Leadbetter: Jay is a volunteer coach and ex national squad City of Derby swimmer.

Marija Millere: Marija is an experienced coach and swimming teacher.


Swimmers will need the following items: hat, goggles, mesh bag with kickboard, pullbuoy and training fins. Drinks bottle.

Swimmers are expected to wear club kit and the club hat when they are representing City of Derby at competitions and open meets. For details of equipment, clothing apparel and branded City of Derby Swimming Club items that are available to purchase please visit the club kit section.