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FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

Program fees and schedule are available on the Programs, Fees & Practice Times page.

  1. What is the process for joining the swim team?
  2. What does the registration fee include?
  3. What does the program fee cover? Are there any additional fees or expenses?
  4. What happens if I miss a practice?
  5. How do I speak to the coach?
  6. Who participates in a meet?
  7. What is the difference between Aqua 7 and Invitational meets/Festival meets/Regionals etc.?
  8. How do I find out the location of a swim meet?
  9. Is there a parent volunteer requirement?

 

1. What is the process for joining the swim team?

The process for joining starts by booking a Trial Swim. This allows for your swimmer to try this style of swimming as well as giving the coaches the opportunity to assess which level your swimmer is best suited in. You are entitled to swim in two trial swims before you are asked to make a commitment. The idea is that the swimmer is challenged but not overwhelmed and frustrated. . Typically new members start off in ACES 1-4 programs or Bronze levels as recommended by the coach. Please do not complete online registration until a recommendation has been completed by the coaching staff.

2. What does the registration fee include?

The registration fee covers several components:

  • SNC/SO Fees Swimming/Natation Canada (SNC) is the governing board for competitive swim teams in Canada. Similarly Swim Ontario (SO) governs competitive swimming in the Province of Ontario. Every member must be registered with SNC in order to be in the pool. Every swimmer from Aces 2 up will be considered competitive. 
  • Team Wear - This will include one swim cap and team t-shirt (to be worn on deck at all swim meets).
  • Social - As a team we plan social event to get parents and swimmer together. This adds to team spirit. Example of the welcome breakfast, pancake breakfast and Year end BBQ and awards.
  • Administration - Covers office cost
  • Aqua 7 - This fee is applied to Aces 2 and up. These meets are fun meets that give the new swimmer a beginning taste of what a meet is like. All swimmers go at the same time and again a great team building experience with lots of cheering.

3. What does the program fee cover? Are there any additional fees or expenses?

The program fee covers the cost of the pool and the salary of the coaches.

The ACES have adopted a uniform team swimsuit which is mandatory for all competitive swimmers from ACES 2 to Gold and may be purchased at registration or through our team's equipment manager.

As swimmers advance to participation in invitational, regional, festival, provincial meets etc. most meets involve entry fees. As noted above, fees for Aqua 7 league meets are included in registration fees.

4. What happens if I miss a practice?

Most groups have more than one time slot. Arrangements to make up a practice by attending a practice with the same level can be done by speaking to your coach. There are not refunds for time missed.

If you are going on holiday then please inform your coach.

5. How do I speak to the coach?

It is important that the coach not be interrupted during a practice, therefore we have a coach/parent liaison that can either arrange an appropriate time or possibly even answer the questions you may have. Email liaison@acesswim.ca

6. Who participates in a meet?
Swimmers from Aces 2 and up are eligible to swim in Aqua 7 meets and Invitational meets. If you have questions, or feel your swimmer is not ready please arrange to speak to the coach.

7. What is the difference between Aqua 7 and Invitational meets/Festival meets/Regionals etc.?

Aqua 7:
  • Cost covered in registration fee
  • All age groups swim at same time
  • Shorter meets usually involving only one or two other teams
Invitational:
  • Entry fee not covered in registration
  • Usually 12 and under start at 12pm while 13 and over have preliminary heats in morning and finals in evening (5pm)
  • Sometimes have qualifying time requirement

For every meet whether Aqua 7, Invitational or Festival, eligible swimmers receive an email and a link on our website with a "scratch by" date.  It is extremely important to scratch the swimmers name off if not attending the meet. After the coach has registered the swimmers for the meet you will be responsible for the meet fees if it is anything other than an Aqua 7 meet.

8. How do I find out the location of a swim meet?

On the team web site is a team calendar with upcoming events and swim meets. The location with an address and link to a Google maps is available. Joni the head coach will send an email with the races the swimmers are swimming which will have warm up times for the age groups included. It is important to arrive at least 15min earlier than warm up in order for the swimmer to get changed and on deck ready to go.

9. Is there a parent volunteer requirement?

Yes, every family is required to assist in a minimum number of Aces events and/or Official duties in order to be a part of our competitive swim team family.Every family is required to assist in a minimum number of Aces events and/or Official duties in order to be a part of our competitive swim team family.

Volunteer contributions are tracked through "Team Event Commitment", or TEC, points.  Click here to learn more about TEC.

Email coaches@acesswim.ca or membership@acesswim.ca to arrange a Try Swim