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About LAC

SWIM FOR LIFE - life skills, life friendships and life health.

It is the goal of the London Aquatic Club to develop, support and promote competitive swimming for all ages and abilities in a positive, caring and safe environment. Competitive swimming encourages fitness, friendship and health, and produces people who are a credit to their sport and their community.

Our competitive swim team offers high quality professional coaching for all ages and abilities. Our team consists of approximately 275swimmers (divided into 9 different groups) from Development to Senior Gold. Swimmers range in age from 6-18 and from beginner to world champion. Our swimmers train and compete for 11 months each year from the middle of September to the beginning of August.

Under the direction of our 5 full-time and 17 part-time coaches, new swimmers to the club, after an individual pool assessment, will be placed in the group that best suits their ability and age. At a minimum, we require that a potential swimmer be comfortable in the water and have the ability to complete one continuous length of a 25-metre pool (any stroke at any speed) as well as be at least 6 years of age. The majority of new swimmers aged 12&under who register with us will begin in our first group, Development.

The first few years (starting in Development) focus on stroke development and learning competitive swimming basics. Many children improve rapidly and it is not unusual to see tremendous growth in these first few years. It is important to remember that each child will develop at their own rate and is on their own path. Swimming should be fun and pressure free, especially at the younger levels. As your child progresses, their group placement will be re-evaluated to ensure continued training and competition challenges are provided to enhance their development.

GROUP STRUCTURE

Development & Intro

Ages 6-11. Introduction to basic concepts of training & competition in a fun and encouraging environment. Swimmers compete in club-hosted and regional meets. Practices are usually 60mins, 3x per week. Primary Coaches: Dev1 Emma Taratacca & Kim Charteris; Dev2 Nick Mitchell & Lexi Meklensek; Intro Meggin Moffatt

Long Term Athlete Development Stage: FUNdamentals

Age Group Orange

Ages 8-11. Main objectives are the refinement of the basic strokes, introduction to a group training environment and basic training and competition principles. Swimmers compete in club-hosted and regional meets. Practices are usually 60mins, 4x per week. Primary Coach: Emma Taratacca

Long Term Athlete Development Stage: FUNdamentals

Age Group Blue

Ages 11-14. As with Age Group Orange, but for children a bit older, the main objectives are the refinement of the basic strokes, introduction to dryland training, and basic training and competition principles. Swimmers compete in club-hosted and regional meets. Practices are usually 60mins, 5x per week, including some dryland. Primary Coach: Rebecca Quirie

Long Term Athlete Development Stage: FUNdamentals

Age Group Bronze

Ages 9-11. These are our stronger 9-11 year olds who, in the estimation of the coaches, have demonstrated a good grasp of the main techniques in all 4 strokes and the ability to handle a slightly higher training level. Swimmers in this group have regional time standards and are aiming for the provincial level.  Practices are usually 60mins, 5x per week, including some dryland. Primary Coach: Donna Moskal

Long Term Athlete Development Stage: Learn to Train

Age Group Silver

Ages 11-14. Swimmers in this group have advanced from any of the previous Age Group levels and are ready to handle an increased water and dryland training program. They will have attained regional times and should be aiming for the provincial level.  Practices are 1-2hrs, 6x per week, including some dryland. Primary Coach: Liz Moskal

Long Term Athlete Development Stage: Train to Train

Age Group Gold

Ages 12-14. Swimmers in this group are our top Age Group swimmers (pre-high school), are competing at the provincial and aiming for the national level.  These swimmers are capable of handling an increased workload in all 4 strokes, and will start some training specific to their primary stroke(s).  Practices are 1-2hrs, 7x per week, including some dryland. Primary Coach: Liz Moskal

Long Term Athlete Development Stage: Train to Train, Train to Compete

Senior Blue

Ages 14+ (high school). Swimmers in this group are interested in fitness and fun, with less emphasis on racing commitment. Competitions include club-hosted and regional events. Practices are 60 mins, 5x per week, including some dryland. Primary Coach: Jonathan Korchuk

Long Term Athlete Development Stage: FUNdamentals and Active for Life 

Senior Bronze

Ages 14+ (high school). Swimmers in this group are interested in fitness and fun, with a higher emphasis on training and racing commitment than Senior Blue. Competitions include club-hosted and regional events, as well as provincial events for those who qualify. Practices are 60-90mins, 5x per week, including some dryland. Primary Coach: Jonathan Korchuk

Long Term Athlete Development Stage: Learn to Train and Active for Life 

Senior Silver

Ages 14+ (high school). Swimmers in this group are competing at the regional level and striving toward the provincial level, and are working on both aerobic and anaerobic development in all 4 strokes with some stroke specialization.  Practices are 1.5-2hrs, 7x per week, including dryland. Primary Coaches: Andrew Craven & Kelly Steeves

Long Term Athlete Development Stage: Train to Compete

Senior Gold

Ages 14+ (high school). Swimmers in this group are 100% committed to swimming. It is their primary focus other than school, and these swimmers are striving to compete at the national level. Training in this group is focussed on aerobic and anaerobic development and refinement, stroke and event specificity, and race execution at a championship level. Practices are 1.5-2hrs, 9x per week, including 4 dryland sessions. Primary Coaches: Andrew Craven & Kelly Steeves

Long Term Athlete Development Stage: Train to Compete, Compete to Win

 

Intro to Para Swimming Program

 

The Intro to Para Swimming Program aims to introduce individuals with physical disabilities to competitive swimming, starting at whatever level of experience and skill a swimmer may possess.  To participate in the program, swimmers must be comfortable in the water and have a desire to improve their swimming skills. If necessary, and whenever possible, we strive to provide in-water support to help swimmers build confidence, strength, and have a positive swimming experience. Water sessions are structured more like a traditional competitive swimming practice than like a swimming lesson, with swimmers participating in warm up, technique development, aerobic conditioning, and warm down, all scaled to meet individual swimmer needs. 

​Over the past 8 years of the program we have seen swimmers grow and develop into independent, confident lap swimmers, while developing friendships with "other children like them", and we have seen 5 swimmers build their skills and confidence to a level where they were able to transition smoothly and confidently into other intergrated programs within the London Aquatic Club.

 

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the program please contact Darda Sales, Head Coach and Co-founder @ introtoparaswim@gmail.com.

 

 

For more information on any of our programs please contact: 519-857-SWIM or lacmembership01@gmail.com