Cruisers speed swimmers range from 5 year olds who are completely new to competitive swimming, to older teenagers who have swam competitively for many years. All swimmers train and compete in freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly, individual medley, and relay events. Training emphasis is placed on building endurance and strength, developing good technique, preparing for races, and developing the confidence necessary to perform well and have fun at swim meets.
Participants in speed swimming are organized into practice groups where they focus on refining their competitive strokes, starts, and turns. Assignment of swimmers to practice groups is determined by age and ability with the goal of having swimmers of similar age and ability practice which each other. Cruisers encourages training for competition as well as cross-training and conditioning for other sports.
At the start of the season, swimmers work with their coach to devise an individual training plan that helps them meet their individual goals and objectives. Each swimmer's plan outlines the number of practices the swimmer intends to participate in each week, which areas of their development they intend to focus on, as well as a strategy to integrate the swim training with the other sports and activities that the swimmer enjoys.
Cruisers Aquatics is a team. To get the most out of the club speed swimmers are encouraged to participate in competitions throughout the season, to attend club social events, and to join other Cruisers teams such as Water Polo, Synchronized Swimming, or Diving.