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Orca Blue

2017/2018 Orca Blue schedules:

Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 5:00-5:15 activation, 5:15-6:30 swim
Thursday: 3:30-4:30 dryland
Saturday: 7:15-7:30 activation, 7:30-9:00 swim

Orca Blue is the first level of our middle school-aged program. Swimmers in Orca Blue have mastered all four strokes and are comfortable in every aspect of race strategy, including starts, IM turns, and basic pacing. While basic skills are always a main focus of training groups at CRKW, Orca Blue is the point at which speed starts playing a bigger part in practice. At this level, swimmers should be qualifying for Vancouver Island Regionals and working towards Tier I Provincials. Swimmers and parents will find that Orca Blue requires a level of commitment that is slightly higher than the Mini Whale program in terms of necessity of attending practices and meets.


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

- Completion of Red Cross level 9

- Middle School aged

Expectations of swimmers:

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

- Attend all meets for which they qualify, including VIRs and Tiers

- Aim to race at a pace of less than 40 seconds/50m in short races, less than 50 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 Orca Blue practice five times weekly, with three practices consisting of 15 minutes of activation followed by 75 minutes in the pool, a third practice consisting of the same activation and 90 minutes in the pool, and a 60 minute dryland session run by Strathcona Gardens fitness staff. 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