Programs


Swordfish Programs

Swordfish competitive program is geared for swimmers aged 6-18yrs looking for a competitive swimming experience.  Swimmers are assessed and assigned training groups based on skill level.

Practice - practice length and duration will vary depending on the training group they are assigned to.  Our introductory groups typically practice 2 to 4 times a week, for 45 mins to 1.5hrs depending upon training group. Our more experienced swimmers are training 5 days a week. This includes all of our training groups; Gold, Bronze, Orange, Red, Green & Black.

 Swim Meets - as a competitive club, the expectation is that swimmers will participate in swim meets throughout the season, with a focus being on the Swordfish meet, Regional and Provincials.

 Swimmer requirements:

  • For swimmers looking for a competitive environment, with some or no experience in competitive swimming
  • Must be able to swim a minimum of 25M Freestyle (front crawl) non-stop.
  • Must be coachable, able to follow instruction
  • Based on coaches' discretion

 

“New” Junior Swordfish Squad - Learn to Swim Program

JUNIOR Swordfish SQUAD

Our Junior Swordfish Squad program is designed for children 4 to 8 years old (age as of May 1, 2020) with an interest in starting competitive swimming. The program was created to help familiarize both swimmers and parents with the world of competitive swimming.  This program offers a lower level of commitment and places a bigger emphasis on FUN!

This program focuses on:

  • Learning the fundamentals of competitive swimming stroke technique
  • Establishing and maintaining a high level of comfort in and around the water
  • Improving balance, co-ordination and general motor skills
  • Practicing, listening and learning techniques
  • Promoting friendship & having FUN in the water!

All Jr. Squad members are eligible to participate in all club social functions and will receive Swordfish swim suit and team swag.

Junior Swordfish (8 years old & younger)

Swimmers in this group would practice 2 times a week for 45min from May-July, some may continue into August based on progression and are encouraged to attend swim meets when ready.  The emphasis of this “learn to swim” group is stroke development and fun.    

Swimmer requirements:

  • For children in their first or second year of swimming
  • Must be able to fully submerge & comfortable in the water
  • Must be able to float on front or back, and swim continuously 12M
  • Must be coachable, able to follow instruction
  • Based on coaches' discretion

**Placement will be based upon 2019 end of season assessment and upon evaluation during the first 2 weeks of the 2020 season. Junior Squad program is subject to minimum registration numbers in order to be offered. If a Junior squad swimmer is unable to meet the eligibility criteria within the first week, registration will be returned, refunds will be issued (original fee less $150 administration fees) Meeting outlined eligibility standards and following the pool rules are essential for the safety of the swimmer as well as Swordfish teammates.

 

Frequently Asked Question

What is the volunteer requirements for Jr Swordfish Members?

Jr Swordfish families will have a reduced volunteer commitment.  The families will be exempt from the mandatory 4 volunteer shifts if they only have a "new" swimmer in Jr Swordfish.  We encourage these families to help volunteer for social functions, including the Swordfish Swim meet and if their swimmer progresses to attending multiple meets we will ask they consider volunteering for more swim meet related shifts. 

What is difference between Gold & the "new" Jr. Swordfish Squad?

Gold swimmers train from May-Aug and are encouraged to attend swim meets.  The new Jr. Swordfish squad trains May-Aug and are encouraged to attend swim meet but we encourage younger less experienced swimmers to be involved, building up swim stamina and an interest in attending swim meets.

 

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