Swim Nova Scotia and the Crusaders also adheres to the long term athlete development model described in Swim NS LTAD Descriptors of Competition Levels Revised January 2015 and Long Term Athlete Development Strategy from Swimming Canada.
Here is the parents’ Guide to Long Term Athlete Development.
There are three levels to year round swimming in NS: pre-competitive, Nova Tech and Age Group.
At Crusaders, we offer pre-competitive training through our Crusaders Playground Program and in part-time swimming training when Club training space allows. The majority of our Program is for competitive swimmers whose placement within the Swim NS swim structure will depend on the athlete’s age, level of experience and ability. Crusaders also offers training opportunities for para-swimmers as well-contact the Head Coach for more information.
Nova Tech swimming meets the needs of younger and less experienced athletes and those athletes who are new to swimming at any age.
Age Group swimming is designed for swimmers that meet the graduation standards from Nova Tech and wish to compete at a higher level. Swimmers wishing to compete at higher levels must achieve various time standards set for each level of swim meet, such as NS Junior Chaps, NS Champs, Age Group Nationals, Eastern or Senior Nationals. Once swimmers have earned these qualifying standards, then they can attend these competitions.