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Developmental

Developmental Program

The focus of the developmental program is to learn the fundamentals of competitive swimming, build a passion and love for the sport, and improve physical fitness and endurance. The program will also promote team work, ethics in sport and fair play, while building self confidence and a positive attitude. The main focus of this program is to have FUN!

Developmental Program Levels:

  1. Swim School (formerly Introduction)

  2. Bronze (formerly Intermediate) 

  3. Silver (formerly Advanced)

  4. Gold (formerly Pre-Competitive)

Our developmental program offers levels based on skill and age, progressing from 1-2 swim practices per week, up to 4 practices per week.  Our programs also offer 15 minute dryland training sessions and on deck activation activities. The program has been setup in alignment with Swimming Canada's Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) plan.

New Swimmers will be required to pass a 25 meter swim test, evaluated by the life guards.

 

Swim School

Aligns with LTAD Stage 2 - Fundamentals

Approximate age 6-8

Practice:

  • Weekly Virtual dryland training with Personal Trainer (transitioning to in person dryland training) 

  • 1 hour swim practice once a week

Level Requirement(s):

At the start of this level, swimmers must be able to swim 25m Freestyle.

Level Goal(s):

By the end of this level, swimmers will have:

  • Confidence in Freestyle, Backstroke and Breaststroke.

  • Confidence in flip turns, streamlines and dives.

  • A basic understanding of Butterfly.

 

Bronze  

Aligns with LTAD Stage 2 – Fundamentals and progressing towards Stage 3

Approximate age 8-11

Practice:

  • Weekly Virtual Dryland training with Personal Trainer (transitioning to in person dryland training) 

  • 1 hour swim practices (2 times a week)

As per Swimming Canada's LTAD plan for Stage 2 (Fundamentals) and progressing towards Stage 3 (Learn to Train), it is recommended that swimmers at this level practice at least 2 times per week.

Level Requirement(s):

  • New swimmers 9+ should join this level

At the start of this level, returning swimmers will be able to:

  • Swim multiple lengths of Freestyle, Backstroke and Breaststroke with confidence.

  • Dive off of a starting block.

  • Perform flip turns and backstroke starts.

  • Attempt butterfly and dolphin kick.

Level Goal(s):

By the end of this level, swimmers will have:

  • Proper technique for Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly.

  • Built endurance.

  • Improved training habits.

Silver

Approximate age 10+

Practice:

  • Weekly Virtual dryland training with Personal Trainer (transitioning to in person dryland training) 

  • 1.5 hour swim practices (2 times a week)

As per Swimming Canada's LTAD plan for Stage 2 (Fundamentals) and progressing towards Stage 3 (Learn to Train), it is recommended that swimmers at this level practice at least 2 times per week.

Level Requirement(s):

At the start of this level, swimmers will be able to:

  • Swim Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly using proper stroke technique.

  • Dive from the starting block, streamline off of walls and demonstrate flip turns with proper technique.

Level Goal(s):

By the end of this level, swimmers will have:

  • Improved technique for Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly.

  • Improved endurance and training habits.

  • Progressed into LTAD Stage 3 (Learn to Train), graduating from our Developmental program into our pre-competitive program.

Gold 

For swimmers who want to take their skills and endurance to the next level. The pre-competitive program will prepare the swimmer for the transition from a developmental level into a competitive level.

Approximate age 10+

Practice:

  • Weekly Virtual dryland with Personal Trainer (transitioning to in person dryland training) 

  • 1 or 1.5 hour swim practices (4 times a week)

As per Swimming Canada's LTAD plan for Stage 2 (Fundamentals) and progressing towards Stage 3 (Learn to Train), it is recommended that swimmers at this level practice at least 2 times per week.

Level Requirement(s):

At the start of this level, swimmers will be able to:

  • Swim Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly using proper stroke technique.

  • Dive from the starting block, streamline off of walls and demonstrate flip turns with proper technique.

Level Goal(s):

By the end of this level, swimmers will have:

  • Improved technique for Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly.

  • Improved endurance and training habits.

  • Education on athlete development, nutrition, hydration and overall well being

  • Progressed into LTAD Stage 3 (Learn to Train), graduating from our Developmental program into our Competitive program