What do my fees include?
Your fee covers all coaching costs, pool time, meet fees up to and including provincial meets, national and provincial association memberships and a swim cap and t-shirt when you register as a new member.
Will there be other expenses on top of the membership fees?
Your fee does not include costs associated with participating in out of province swim meets as well as equipment such as team swim suits, travel, accommodation and food expenses. Swimmers may also be required to have fins and snorkels depending on the group placement. There may also be additional costs for team social events and fundraising.
How will my fees be adjusted if my swimmer changes groups?
Swimmers who are qualified to move up a level will do so in January and after March Break. Fees will be pro-rated accordingly.
If my child does not attend meets, do I receive a reduced fee?
HTAC offers programs to help your child progress from being a recreational to a competitive swimmer. Since we are a competitive team and the registration fees cover meet entry fees and coaching costs for Swim NS meets, reduced fees based on non-attendance of meets is not an option. Only novice swimmers do not compete at Novatech meets but are introduced to meets through the in house test series.
What equipment does my swimmer need and where do I purchase it?
The HTAC equipment policy will explain what your swimmer is required to have for training and meets, depending on their group placement. We have a parent equipment volunteer that can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
What level will my child swim at and how will they move through the levels?
A swimmer’s initial group placement is determined by coaching staff based on both objective and subjective criteria from last season, an athlete’s best times report, meetings with new families, or performance on an in-water assessment. We strive to place each swimmer in a group that will give them the best possible chance to reach their goals, and succeed in the coming season. Factors such as age, peer group, work ethic, attendance and qualification standards will all help to determine the initial group placement.
Early Season Group Movement
The first month of the season is a very fluid time for the Trojans. As training begins it may be apparent that a given swimmer is not in the most appropriate group for their development. As coaches, we do our best with the initial placements, but it is sometimes difficult to gauge how much a young swimmer will grow over the summer, what their motivation level will be returning for a new season, or what other factors might be at play. If the coaching staff determines that there is a more appropriate training group for a specific swimmer they may suggest to the athlete and the parents that a move be made early, while swimmers are still adapting to a new season and potentially a new coach. If you feel your child was placed in the wrong group it is important that you speak to the on deck coach early in the season so that our coaching staff can discuss the situation and determine what is best for each athlete.
As swimmers grow, develop their skills and meet their potential, there will eventually be a move into a new training group. These decisions are made by the coaching staff and are based on both objective and subjective measures. It is important to note that although some groups have minimum time qualification standards attached to them, a swimmer achieving said time standard is not guaranteed of a group change. Achievement of that standard is merely the first step in the move up process. Factors such as competition performances, qualification standards, training skills, attendance, attitude, work ethic, physical growth and development, maturity, and peer group inclusion will all be considered by the coaches when determining whether a swimmer is ready for a group change.
The competitive season is divided into three logical sessions: September to the December holiday, January to March Break, and March until summer vacation. We offer group placement changes to coincide with these session breaks. Once our group placements are settled after the initial period of adjustment, swimmers will stay with their assigned group until December, at which point the coaching staff will determine club wide those swimmers who would benefit from a new training environment. Upon return in January, swimmers will join their new group placement. The second opportunity will be at March Break, where swimmers will then remain in their training group through to the end of the season. During summer break coaches will discuss group dynamics for the following September, at which point the cycle will begin again.
With the Club Model do other sports "count" as swimming practices for attendance?
Yes, this can apply to many of our groups from Grassroots up. Please see the group description for more information
MEETS AND CLUB SERIES
How do I sign my swimmer up for a meet?
Go to the event, click on attend/decline. You can also leave notes for the coaches if your swimmer can only swim certain days or has restrictions.
What are the in house test series and how often do they take place?
In house competition take place throughout the year on Saturday mornings at DAL starting at 7am. They are a team building time for our club and for our Grassroots swimmers,it gives them the opportunity to have fun and race a few short distance races while exposing them to the protocols of racing in a friendly atmosphere.
What is Team Travel?
Some meets will take place outside of Halifax or Nova Scotia. Here is what you need to know
Where do I find my child’s swim times?
When your swimmer has completed a meet or time trial, the times can be found on this website as you log in and see you swimmer.
You can also download OnDeck Parent and have up to date access.
What are the qualifying times for more competitive meets?
Please contact the Grassroots Coordinators or Ian Cunningham if you need more detail.
How will I know what events my swimmer is in when they go to a meet?
Your swimmer’s coach will discuss what events your swimmer will be participating in usually a week or two before the meet. The meet packages are posted on this website under events.
I have received emails from Swimming Canada - why?
All clubs register their athletes with Swimming Canada. You must confirm the information on an annual basis. Here is a handy guide