The Para Swimming National Development Squad is an integral part of the Swimming Australia (SA) Paralympic Pathway. SA Paralympic Pathway activities are designed to prepare swimmers for transition to the Senior National Team and achieve high performance success in and out of the pool. The National Development Squad focuses on the knowledge, processes, skills and attributes required to help athletes and coaches improve and prepare to thrive under the opportunities and demands of high performance swimming.
Members of the National Development Squad are invited to attend a range of development workshop and camp activities and are eligible for development planning and monitoring support, including Daily Performance Environment (DPE) visits from the Paralympic Performance Coach. National Development Squad athletes will be benchmarked on technical, tactical, physiological, psychological and behavioural attributes from training observations, completion of national protocols, and competition performances. For some swimmers, preparation for international classification may also occur as part of their individual development planning and support. This may include participation in international competition opportunities.
The objective for swimmers in the National Development Squad is to progress to the Dolphins Australian Swim Team within 2-3 years and be on the international podium in 3-5 years from entering the program.