Great Whites


The Great White group is the advanced beginner group in the Northwest Arkansas Aquatics program. The base requirement to be in this group is each swimmer must be able to swim 25 yards of all four of the competitive strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly).


The focus of this group is for the swimmers to build on their basic knowledge and skills for all four competitive strokes, freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. These swimmers will continue to work on streamline push-offs, body position, head position, and the kick associated with all four strokes, but they will also begin to learn some of the specifics associated with the pull for all four strokes.


The Great Whites will begin to do mini practice sets which will help them in their development within the sport and will help them be competitive in local and regional competitions. A component of the beginner swimming sets is learning how to use the pace clock in practice.


The Great Whites will also continue to develop the skills associated with the starts, turns, and finishes in all four stroke.


Swimmers in the Great White group will range in ages of 7-14 and also has a broad spectrum of age within our group. It is our goal for the older swimmers to move up as soon as they demonstrate that they are proficient in all four strokes and can complete all of the basic training sets that the Great White group does on a regular basis.


Move-ups will be communicated prior to the start of the short course or long course seasons; however, there may be some cases where a move mid-season is determined to be necessary by the coaching staff.


Practice Schedule:


Bentonville Community Center (must have a current membership with the BCC)


Walton Life Fitness Center (Must be Walmart Associates)



Lead Group Coaches:


Eric Paden – [email protected]


Meet Schedule: