Swim Programs

The club provides swimming programs that address the needs of children of different skill levels and ages. Usually, higher skill levels correspond to higher ages but this is not always the case, so the categories are based on skills and not ages. If a category has a substantial number of children of very different ages than that category will be divided by age groups to provide the most effective coaching. Participation in swim meets is not mandatory at any level.

 Programs Description

Program Practices per Week Practice Duration
Senior Competitive 7 + Dryland 90 – 120 minutes
Senior Recreation 1 – 3 90 – 120 minutes
Junior 6 + Dryland 75 minutes
Novice 4 + Dryland 60 Minutes
Pre-Novice 3 + Dryland 60 Minutes
Entry Level 2 1 – 3 60 minutes
Entry Level 1 1 – 2 45 minutes

* Entry Level sessions are 5 months in length, 2 sessions per year.

Senior Competitive

This group is expected to have a reasonable amount of history and experience in the sport. The workouts here will include primarily Training to Compete with a little Training to Win. All swimmers will be expected to know and train in all 4 strokes. Elements of fun will still be provided, and will be incorporated into strength and endurance based activities.

Equipment: Goggles, Water Bottle, Fins, Pull-Buoy

 

Senior Recreation

This group will train 1 – 3 times / week. The emphasis for this group will be on Training to Train with a small component of Training to Compete. All swimmers will be expected to know and train in all 4 strokes. Elements of fun will still be provided, and will be incorporated into strength and endurance based activities. This group is also appropriate for late starters to the sport.

Equipment: Goggles, Water Bottle, Fins, Pull-Buoy

 

Junior

This group will train 5 times / week. This group will incorporate Learning to Train and Training to Train with a small element of Training to Compete. All swimmers will be expected to know and train in all 4 strokes. Fun will still be a prominent component, although more and more the fun elements will include elements that promote further fitness.

Equipment: Goggles, Water Bottle, Fins, Pull-Buoy

 

Novice / Pre-Novice

This group will train 4 times / week (3 times for pre-novice), and is slightly advanced past the entry level programs. The workouts will still involve active fun play, although the emphasis will shift towards achieving and recognizing the benefits of strong Fundamentals. In addition, an introduction to the basics of Learning to Train will be provided. All four strokes will be taught.

Equipment: Goggles, Water Bottle, Fins

 

Entry 1 / Entry 2

Entry 1 will primarily involve lots of active fun play in the water, along with teaching of the body position basics of the Fundamentals. Freestyle, Backstroke and Breaststroke will be taught.

Entry 2 will involve active fun play, as well as more fundamentals, including breathing, arm position, recovery and kicking. The four strokes will be taught, although Butterfly techniques may be restricted to kick and body position.

Equipment: Goggles, Water Bottle