Monthly Training Plan

There will be no training on the following dates:

  • Xmas Training Break : Last session of 2019 on 18th December – First session of 2020 on 4th January (but Triathlon on 27th December)
  • Saturday 25th January 2020 (SCB Meet)
  • Saturday 01st February 2020
  • Saturday 29th February 2020
  • Tuesday 31st March 2020
  • Saturday 04th April 2020
  • Saturday 25th April 2020
  • Saturday 02nd May 2020
  • Saturday 09th May 2020
  • Saturday 04th July 2020
  • Tuesday 07th July 2020
  • Saturday 09th July 2020
  • Tuesday 14th July 2020

December Training Plan 

Bucksburn 19:00-20:30ASV (25 m) 19:00-20:30RGU
ASV (50 m) 11:00-12:30
Mon 2ndTues 3rdWed 4thSat 7th
400 FC +50 Fly/
100 Breast
200 FC/
100 BC
400 IM/
50 Breast
Mon 9thTues 10thWed 11thSat 14th
200 BC/
100 Fly
/100 Breast
200 Breast/
50 BC
400 FC +/
50 FC
Mon 16thTues 17thWed 18th
200 IM/
50 FC
100 BC/
50 Fly
200 Fly/
100 FC
SCB Triathlon on 27th
XMAS BreakHave a Great Time EverybodyTraining Starts on Saturday 4th January 2020


Swim England Masters Champs : 25th – 27th October

Scottish 1500 Champs (Long Course) : 9th November

East District Masters : 16th November

Silver City Blues Masters : 25th January

Carlisle Masters : 31st January/1st February


SCBTFAD is a new training programme designed by the SCB coaching team, based on the wants & needs of the club members (feedback from 2018 members’ survey).

The programme is focussed on preparing swimmers for competition by relating the main training sets to each individual’s (current – probably not lifetime!) personal best times – or racing target times.

In the future, each training session in the monthly plan will be described by the stroke (or IM) and race distance that will be used to deliver the main set. These descriptors are simpler and probably more easily understood: consequently each training session is more likely meet members’ expectations.

N.B that the distance shown in the plan is not necessarily the repetition distances to be completed in the set.

E.g. if the focus for the set is 200 fly a typical set would be 4 x (8 x 25) with 20 second rest – with an extra minute between sets. So if your PB is 2:40 then your target time for each repetition would be 20 seconds and you would go on a swim plus rest time of 40 seconds: so 8 x 25m four times through.

Where the focus for the set is 50m, then the rests will normally be much longer – with very fast swimming and rests (possibly active) will enable full recovery: so 2 to 4 minutes.

An essential feature of the new programme is that swimmers will be encouraged to strive to use perfect technique and excellent start and turn technique during the SCBTFAD sets.

The focus of the session will be what is done on the main set. Main sets will typically take 35 to 50 minutes to complete as part of a 90 minute session. Consequently there will be plenty of time for doing stroke drills, kicking, pulling and recovery/aerobic swimming.

It is intended that there will be regular time trials and test sets – these will be written into the plan. We will also be completing the goal set again – leading up to the Midland District Masters event.

IMPORTANT – This is a new type of training programme – used only by SCB and as such, will probably evolve as we find out practices that can improve the programme. We will be keen to have regular feedback from members as to how the programme can be improved to suit their needs.