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Swim 2 Achieve


Building Confidence, Comfort and Skill Development

Our goal is to establish a strong foundation in our swimmers while instilling a love of swimming so that children and families enter the sport with an opportunity for lifelong enrichment.  Swimmers may swim one or two years in Swim 2 Achieve prior to entering the competitive program. 


Introduction

The Swim 2 Achieve (S2A) is a technique based program for all four competitive strokes and introduces young swimmers to the sport of swimming. Swimmers will be selected for either our S2A-1 (once per week) or S2A-2 (twice per week) program. 

Schedules and Locations

2017 - 2018 Skills Training Schedule 

Program Dates
 

Group Name

Start Date

End Date (last Skills Session)

S2A Group A

Thursday September 28th, 2017

Saturday May 26th, 2018

S2A Group B

Monday September 25th, 2017

Wednesday May 23rd, 2018

S2A Group C

Monday September 25th, 2017 

Wednesday May 23rd, 2018

S2A Group D

Tuesday September 26th, 2017

Thursday May 24th, 2018

S2A Group E

Tuesday September 26th, 2017

Thursday May 24th, 2018

S2A Group F

Wednesday September 27th, 2017 

Thursday May 24th, 2018

S2A Group G

Wednesday September 27th, 2017 

Thursday May 24th, 2018

S2A Group H

Thursday September 28th, 2017 

Thursday May 24th, 2018

No Practice Dates
 

Thanksgiving

Monday October 9th, 2017

Family Day

February 19th, 2018

March Break

Sunday March 11th, 2018 - Sunday March 18th, 2018

Easter Monday

Monday April 2nd, 2018

Victoria Day

Monday May 21st, 2018

Christmas Break Dates
 

Group Name

Break Starts

Break Ends
*Dates Inclusive of Break*

S2A Group A

Sunday December 24th, 2017

Wednesday January 3rd, 2018

S2A Group B

Thursday December 21st, 2017

Tuesday January 2nd, 2018

S2A Group C

Thursday December 21st, 2017

Tuesday January 2nd, 2018

S2A Group D

Friday December 22nd, 2017

Wednesday January 3rd, 2018

S2A Group E

Friday December 22nd, 2017

Wednesday January 3rd, 2018 

S2A Group F

Friday December 22nd, 2017

Wednesday January 3rd, 2018

S2A Group G

Friday December 22nd, 2017

Wednesday January 3rd, 2018

S2A Group H

Friday December 22nd, 2017

Wednesday January 3rd, 2018 

Program Information

Entrance Criteria (5 -10 years of age)

Every new swimmer must go through an assessment prior to being accepted into the Swim 2 Achieve program. The assessment is used to determine if the swimmer is ready for the program and what level does the swimmer best match. Coaches are looking for swimmers that are able to achieve the following:

  • Perform three strokes that are legal (ideally four)
  • Swim 25 metres of all four strokes; three strokes should be proficient.
  • Streamline
  • Make changes to technique upon instruction

Refer to our Membership page for more information on booking an assessment.

Practice Structure

  • 5 -10 minutes dryland/activation/mobility on deck
  • 45 - 50 minutes of swimming (skills/kicking)
  • 5-10 minutes of games or relays in water

Daily Expectations for Swimmers

  • Listens and tries to do what the coach says
  • Courteous and respectful with the coaches
  • Courteous and respectful with other swimmers in the pool
  • Comes to practice with a good attitude
  • Fosters teamwork and sportsmanship

Practice Guidelines

80% Instruction, 10% Training, 10% Relays & Games

Teach and continue to improve the basic swimming fundamentals:

  • Body Position
  • Stack and lock streamline
  • Properly kick all four strokes
  • Properly swim all 4 strokes
  • Starts and Turns
  • Breathing Patterns for Free and Fly introduced: Fly-every other, Free-every 3 (for training)
  • Introduce the concept of body dolphin swimming.

Competition

There will be 2-3 developmental swim meets scheduled that cater to the beginner swimmer. Meets are mostly within the metropolitan area (no overnight swim meets).

Swim 2 Achieve and Competitive Swimming Education

  • Team cheers
  • Swim team Hero's
  • Basic definition of a goal
  • Determine weekly practice goal

Criteria to Exit to Age Group - "Graduation" (On Coach's Approval)

  • Streamline off every wall with a stack and lock. Be able to push off, back, side, stomach.
  • Has knowledge and can execute at least three core drills pertaining to each stroke
  • Is comfortable doing short and long axis turns.
  • Has four legal strokes maintaining proper body position
  • Has a legal 100 IM
  • Has a basic practice habit (per practice document)
  • Legal starts and finishes.
  • Understands and can display good sportsmanship
  • Understands changing pace / speed adjustment
  • Age Recommendation: at least 7 years of age to 10 years of age

Coaches

Head Coach: Robert Novak

Robert Novak is committed to developing champions not just in the pool but in life. He strongly believes in:

  • Ensuring the focus is first on Skill Development and then on Training
  • Avoiding early specialization and promoting multi strokes and multi events to produce well-rounded swimmers
  • Developing Leadership qualities and fostering self-discipline, building self confidence and providing a competitive swimming experience in an environment where a swimmer's full potential may be reached

Robert has a long track record of success in Canadian swimming, most recently as Head Age Group Coach and Junior National Coach at The Etobicoke Swim Club where he worked under Head Coach Kevin Thorburn, a prominent Canadian Olympic swim coach. Roberts swimmers have achieved numerous National Age Group Records and Provincial Records (Ontario), 2 Age Group National Titles, 10 Jr. Provincial Titles and an Eastern and Western Canadian Title. He has coached 100+ Provincial Champion swimmers and 25 Single Age National Champions and with this achieving CSCTA Award for Domestic Excellence 10 consecutive seasons.

Email: CoachRobert@markhamaquaticclub.com