AgeGroup Development

Age Group Development  

The Hyack Swim Club has had a successful Age-group program for many, many years. Our swimmers are consistently amongst the best in the Province, are ranked Nationally, and are the cornerstone of our Senior National group.

The athletes in this program have a desire to achieve the Age Group National Standard and beyond. They have the desire to excel at the BC AAA level. Athletes in this group may have organized their schedules at school to attend early group practice times. Athletes in this group are expected to be dedicated to achieve their maximum potential. This includes complete commitment to the competition and training camp calendar as set by the Group Coach, as well as the ability to manage school commitments without significant and ongoing misses to the training program. Training occurs six days a week including water, weights, and daily dryland sessions. Athletes here learn to master how to train efficiently and effectively on a consistent basis. Mastering skills is an on-going part of the daily routine.

Our objective for the swimmers in this group is to excel at the provincial and national level (BC Age Group, Western, Age National level). Race strategies and tactics are refined at this level both in the practice and competition environment.

There will be a 16-2 month window for swimmers in this group to meet the group's advancement goals. 

Pre-requisite: BC AAA standard, 12-17 years of age.

Swimmers’ Commitment and Goals:
1. Attend minimum 90% of practices, always attend morning practice.
2. Aim for Age Group National standards in your age group.
3. Commit to attend all camps, swim meets, and social events on your schedule. It is expected that you will commit to the seasonal Meet Schedule as outlined at the start of each season, SC and LC.
4. Commit to attend the highest level of meet you qualify for during the season. It is expected that you will prepare in advance to compete at the BC “AAA” Championships and the Canadian Age Group Nationals should you qualify.
5. Show a desire to train, compete, and excel at the Provincial level! Show a desire to set personal and team goals, and to consistently improve. Aim to advance to the Youth National group.
6. Have Fun!

Parents’ Commitment:
1. Arrange to have your swimmer attend all practices and as many of the other offered camps and events as possible. You are highly encouraged to initiate carpooling with other parents in the group or similar group schedule at this stage.
2. Be Punctual.
3. Contact your coach to let them know if your swimmer may miss a practice or event.
4. Stay informed by reading and responding to: Notices sent home, emails, website, bulletin board. Communicate with your swimmer’s coach on a regular basis via email, post-practice chat, or scheduled meeting.
5. Parent Participation Program continues. Assist with timing at Invitational meets, further your Officials qualifications, get involved with other events through the year. Consider volunteering for a position on the Hyack Board of Directors.

Practice Info: 7-8 x per week. Regular schedule is primarily at the Canada Games Pool. 1-2 practices per week, along with some special practices, are at CCAC.
Schedule 2019 - 2020:

    Age Group Development    
  Monday & Wednesday 5:30 - 7:30 am CGP  
  Monday 4:15 - 6:40 pm CGP  
  Tuesday 3:45 - 6:00 pm CGP  
  Wednesday 4:00 - 5:30 pm CGP Dry-land
  Thursday 4:15 - 6:40 pm CGP  
  Friday  4:00 - 6:40 pm CGP  
  Saturday  6:00 - 9:00 am CGP  

High school / High Performance Programs:

Tri-Cities and Hyack Team Up...

The Tri-Cities School Districts is to offer student-athlete service in conjunction with Hyack Swim Club.

Through the EPIC Program Tri-cities students will be able to organize a flexible schedule for their Hyack swimming commitments.  It is meant to meet the needs of high performance athletes in the Tricity area.  You can apply right at your schools for entrance to the program. Please contact Mark Bottrill ( for contact information on this program.

New Westminster Secondary and Hyack Team Up...

New Westminster Secondary School is to offer student-athlete service in conjunction with Hyack Swim Club.

Through the Recognized Athlete Program NWSS students will be able to organize a flexible schedule for their Hyack swimming commitments. This program promotes a graduate academic curriculum conducive to High Performance training requirements. Please contact Mark Bottrill ( for contact information on this program.

The intention of the EPIC and RAP programs is to help swimmers organize their school so that they may attend early practice times from 2:30-5:00 pm Monday Wednesday and Friday.