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Mini Whale Black

2017/2018 Mini Whale Black schedules:

Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 5:00-5:15 activation, 5:15-6:30 swim
Saturday: 7:15-7:30 activation, 7:30-9:00 swim

Mini Whale Black continues to build on the skill base set by Mini Whale White and Blue. Swimmers in this group are aiming towards the Vancouver Island Regional Championships, a meet with qualifying standards released annually. In Mini Whale Black, swimmers can expect more in-depth goal setting requirements, some mental skills strategies, and an increased competition expectation. As with Mini Whale White and Blue, the focus is on fun foremost and performance at a close second.


- Graduation from the Mini Whale Blue program or a recommendation from a coach

- Completion of Red Cross level 8 (able to swim four lengths of the pool)

- Elementary School aged

Expectations of swimmers:

- Will attend all practices with a great attitude and eagerness to learn

- Attend time trials, local invitational meets, and any stroke camps offered

- Aim to race at a pace of less than 50 seconds/50m in short races, less than 60 seconds/50m in mid-distance races

- Take more personal responsibility for practices and competitions, including preparing for sets and races

Expectations of parents:

- Make sure to have the swimmer at the pool on time with all required equipment

- Contact the coach if the swimmer will be missing a practice or meet

- Stay informed of upcoming events by checking the website, bulletin boards, as well as talking to the coach

Required Gear and Equipment:

- Goggles

- Cap (for all swimmers whose hair exceeds eyebrow length)

- Snorkel

- Water bottle

- One-piece swimsuit for girls

- Jammer, square, or brief swimsuit for boys 

For swim meets, swimmers should have all of the above equipment plus their blue CRKW t-shirt, sweatpants, several towels, healthy snacks, and a time-occupying activity.

Practice Information:

Swimmers in Mini Whale Black practice four times weekly, with three practices consisting of 15 minutes of activation followed by 75 minutes in the pool, and the third practice consisting of the same activation and 90 minutes in the pool. Swimmers are also invited to time trials which happen on various weekends throughout the year as well as competitions hosted by other clubs.

Registration for the Mini Whale Black program is ongoing. If you are interested in a skill assessment or require further information about this or any other Mini Whale program, please contact Assistant Head Coach Sarah MacDonald at