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Endurance Swimming

The Endurance 1000 program is a swimming program designed to encourage people to improve their endurance by competing in distances from 400m up to 60 minutes continuous swimming in a variety of strokes. It was introduced in 2012 and replaced the National Aerobics program.
 
The program is entirely optional and to achieve the required goals (which relate to gender and age groupings) the swims are done over an extended part of the calendar year. As a result, a certain level of aerobic fitness needs to be maintained in order to complete the individual event requirements.

Points are awarded according to the times and distances achieved in these events. These points accumulate to the club and a champion club is named at both State and National level each year.

Somerset Masters has traditionally been a strong endurance swimming club. We have won the National Aerobic Trophy twice and the State Aerobic Trophy thirteen times. In 2012 we finished first in WA in the inaugural year of the Endurance 1000 program and sixth in the National Award.

Endurance swimming is one of the best ways for the novice swimmer to improve their fitness, endurance and performance. It also holds out significant challenges to the experienced swimmer. (Only the super fit and super determined can complete all 62 swims required for maximum participation).
 
Please ask at the club for a copy of the chart of endurance swims with the target times and distances for your age group. It may look a bit complicated at first but the important thing is to start with swims that you are comfortable with, participate regularly, and build up to longer distances and more difficult strokes as you gain fitness.

The endurance swimming events are:
• 400 Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly and Individual Medley
• 800 Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly and Individual Medley

[A maximum of five 400m & 800m events of each stroke can be swum in the calendar year to gain points]

• 1500m Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke
• 30 Minutes Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke
• 45 Minutes Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke
• 60 Minutes Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke
 
[These events need only be swum once per calendar year to gain points]