Oct 30, 2017 - October NCSS Newsletter

Nose Creek Shark School NEWSLETTER – October 2017

Welcome to our second newsletter of the swim season! If you do not receive this newsletter via email, please contact me as the website is our main means of communication and we would like to ensure all families are receiving the information that is sent out.

Our club has its own website:, which is a great source of information.  Should you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me either by email, [email protected] or at 403-948-7895. We also have a bulletin board beside the front counter at the pool that will be regularly updated with information.

Important Dates to Remember!


November 30th – My First Race – 25 Back

December 12 – Stage 1 & 2 Fun Meet in Airdrie - 50 Kick & Progress Reports

December 14 – Stage 3 Fun Meet in Airdrie – 50 Kick & Progress Reports

January 9th – 1st workout after the Christmas Break

January 25th – My First Race – 50 Free

February 22nd – My First Race – 50 Back

March 29th – My First Race – 25 Breast – Progress Slips

April 26th – My First Race – 25 Fly

May 29th – Stage 1 & 2 Fun Meet in Airdrie – Progress Reports

May 31st – Stage 3 Fun Meet in Airdrie – Progress Reports


Please note, NCSS swimmers are welcome to purchase a NCSA team shirt for $15. This month we are selling NCSA sweatshirts ($65) and NCSA tank tops ($35). Should you wish to order either of the above, please contact me at [email protected]

If your swimmer has shoulder length hair or longer, they must wear the NCSA team cap as this will interfere with their focus and skills.  Please also ensure your swimmer has proper fitting goggles prior to the start of each class. Your help with this is much appreciated!

All swimmers should have received their suit and cap for the season. If your suit was the incorrect size, you can exchange the suit at Team Aquatics in Calgary as long as the tags are still attached.


Each month a swimmer from each group will be recognized by their coach as “Swimmer of the Month”. We will be awarding athletes that stand apart from their group for exceptional effort, attitude and achievements. Each Swimmer of the Month will receive a swim cap to recognize their efforts.


The pool in AIRDRIE policy states that swimmers have to be 8 years and older to use the hot tub on their own. If your swimmer is 7 years and younger, they must be accompanied by an adult in PROPER SWIM ATTIRE and within arm’s reach.

NCSS swimmers are NOT ALLOWED in the hot tub prior to workout. The hot water relaxes muscles, as well the contrast in temperature to the lane pool is not ideal prior to a workout

Failure to comply with this new policy may result in ALL NCSS swimmers no longer being allowed to use the hot tub after swim workout.

NCSS Swimmers are not allowed in the hot tub at the Thornhill pool.

If you wish to speak to your swimmer’s coach, please wait until after the class has finished. For safety and productivity reasons, our coach’s attention must remain on their swimmers for the entire workout. We appreciate your co-operation with regards to this matter.



Mykayla Rosher - Stage 3

In the last month, our focus has been on backstroke. Each day we focused on a different skill of backstroke whether that be the kick, the head position, or the arms. The swimmers have really showed some great improvements in their backstroke and I look forward to more improvements in the coming months. We will be moving on to working a little more on our breaststroke. We will be focusing the next few weeks on getting the breast kick down before we move on to the arms.

The individual I have picked this month for Swimmer of the Month is someone who has shown great work ethic since the start of September. She is very attentive and I very rarely have to repeat to her what we are doing.  She always takes critiquing with a smile, and sometimes even a laugh and no matter what I tell her to do, she will try it. She has worked very hard this last month, and never fails to say thank you after every practice, even if she didn’t love the workout. Congratulations MaKenna Palmer!

Reaghan Kost – Stage 2

This month we have made a lot of progress and it has been a very successful month. We have spent a lot of time working on kicking, and body position; using boards, kick drills and swim drills. All of the swimmers have been putting in a great effort into their swimming and it is really paying off. This month we are going to begin working on starts (ready position and streamline push offs), and continue working on having a good body position while swimming. Happy Halloween! 

Our swimmer of the month is Ava Phillips. Ava has worked so hard this last month to improve all of her skills: she makes any changes that are needed to improve. She always shows up with a smile, and ready to go. Keep up the great work Ava! 

Jordyn Gagnon – Stage 1

Over the course of the first month my group's main focus has been kicking. We've been making sure that we are kicking fast, with straighter legs, and pointed toes. All of my swimmers have improved immensely since the start of the season, and I cannot wait for what the future holds this year. Keep up the good work swimmers!

The stage one coaches are proud to announce that this month's Swimmer of the Month is Renae Rice. During practices, Renae shows exemplary qualities such as listening, considering advice to improve her swimming, and showing up to practice with a positive attitude. She creates an overall positive atmosphere to the group. Great work Renae!

Ana Ortiz – Stage 1

This month, my group worked on kicking. We've focused on fast kicks, pointed toes with straighter legs. We also focused on freestyle. Making sure they breathe to the side, moving their arms with a good kick. My swimmers have improved so much this past month and I'm happy with the way things are going. They are an amazing group of kids and I am happy with their progress so far. To my swimmers: You guys are doing a great job, keep it up!

Paige Streeter – Stage 1

For the month of October we have been working a lot on freestyle kick they have improved so much! We have started on back kick and over all the swimmers have been doing a great job on listening and performing the skills asked of them.  

Paige Zubot – Stage 1

For the month of October, we have started working on our freestyle and freestyle kick. My swimmers now have better body positions. We have also started working on our underwaters, which is pushing off in a streamline under the surface. My swimmers are developing a much stronger kick are able to keep a stronger body. Next month we will start to focus on backstroke.


Sarene ElChkifi – Stage 3

This month has been amazing! All my swimmers have shown exceptional improvements in their technique and are all becoming more and more familiar with drills every practice. Our main focus this month has been on butterfly, paying particular attention to dolphin kick. They’ve all been working on their body and head position in the water and so far I am unbelievably impressed by what I’m seeing! We will continue working on fly into November as well as breaststroke. Into next month my swimmers need to make sure that they are always listening while instruction is being given! If we have our ears out of the water when drills are being explained practice will flow easier and we will get more training in!

My stage 3 swimmer of the month for October is, Bahsa Haymour! This swimmer has done amazing so far in the swim season, he always puts in the effort and is willing to take feedback and apply it to the drills. His positivity in the pool is great to be around and have during practice, congratulations Basha and keep up the great effort everyone!

Katelyn Stuart – Stage 2

October was another promising month of swimming! The stage two swimmers have come so far already this season and I am so proud to be seeing them grow in the water.

This month we touched on a little bit of everything. With a focus on body position we did drills that reinforced maintaining high hips, and correct head potion while swimming. We also established a very strong foundation in kicking. Each and everyone of the stage two swimmers put considerable effort into fine tuning their kick, and this has improved their speed and efficiency in the water along with supporting their body potion. 

The stage two groups have started to learn the basic skills needed for dolphin kick this month, in the upcoming month we will be focusing on developing these skills. The swimmers have many fun drills that involve pool noodles, mirrors and fins to look forward to! Arm progressions were also added to our practices this month, however they will become the main focus for the next month. 


Our swimmer of the month for October is JAKE TUCKER!

Jake is so enthusiastic about swimming, he comes to practice with a smile and never fails to encourage others in his group. He is also very dedicated, always asking if he can do an extra length or demonstrate for the group. Jake offers to help his teammates and provides them with pointers in a very kind way, positively contributing to the experiences of the everyone in the group. Not only is Jake a leader in our group, but he also has an excellent skill set. 

I am lucky to have such a great swimmer in my group and look forward to seeing the things he can accomplish this season!

Summar El-Chkifi – Stage 1

Great job this month swimmers! We worked lots on our freestyle, working on different drills and tightening our streamlines which have already improved. I’m so excited for next month will be starting backstroke will also be working out kick, drills and streamline too. Keep up the great work!

Zachary Gladden – Stage 1

The swimmers have been doing well this October as we have been working on body position and kick. They've made huge progress despite the distraction of Halloween only days away. They had fun at both of the racing events held this month. Have a spooky Halloween!

Sage Hornsby– Stage 1

Hope everyone had an awesome October!! The swimmers and I had a great month practicing our kick and streamlines as well as our body position. We’ve also started working on freestyle swimming, practicing our “shark fins” and getting our arms all the way out of the water. For November we will continue to improve our freestyle and start some basics for backstroke! The attitude and effort I’m seeing so far is amazing, keep it up!!

Erica Meller – Stage 1

This month we have been working on freestyle.  This included many drills and lots of hard work.  I’m pleased to say that the swimmer’s freestyle is looking great.  Once we have the basics in freestyle, we will be starting with the basics of backstroke such as body position and getting comfortable on our back.

The stage one swimmer of the month is Julia Zieman!

Julia has improved so much over the course of the month.  She comes ready to listen and tackles the task at hand.  She always puts forth her best effort.  Julia listens to critiques and works hard to fix them. Watching Julia’s development within the month was tremendous. Her stroke development in freestyle was astonishing.