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Our Program

 

Our Program Vision

To give athletes a foundation which will encourage them to continue this sport on a lifelong basis. To promote confidence in and out of the water and to develop the technical excellence which will ensure they are able to achieve their goals.  

Entry Requirements:  incoming swimmers will receive a brief in water swim assessment to assist with swimmer placement.  Incoming swimmers must be deep water safe, be able to swim 25 meters unassisted, jump into deep water off the block, tread water for 1 min with comfort and be able to kick 25 m of free and back kick supported.  

Intro Level: swim once weekly for 45 minutes.  Intro swimmers are  entry level swimmers ages 6-9 who are in their first year or two of competitive swimming.  Focus is on developing a comfort in the water in many different positions. Develop breath control, balance, buoyancy and alignment as the foundation for efficient swimming.  Skills learned in the Intro include breathing techniques, freestyle, back and dolphin kicking.  Swimmers are introduced to sculling to improve "feel" for the water.  Swimmers will develop comfort with different positions in the water .  

Novice Level:  Swimmers swim 2 x 1 hr weekly.  Ages 7-10 The focus of this level is to provide a feel for the water and to emphasize balance, breathing, buoyancy and line as the basis for all 4 competitive strokes and to develop a basis for a lifetime of swimming. Competitive swimming skills learned in the novice level include bilateral breathing technique for freestyle, sculling, kicking for all 4 strokes, streamline, and dive from blocks, basic freestyle, breast stroke  and backstroke.  25 m torpedo kick is perfected. Proper exit from walls from Ready with streamline is emphasized.  Swimmers begin to develop endurance in swimming.  Novice  swimmers may compete in club hosted minimeets and local meets appropriate to their skills levels.  

Development 1 level ages 9-12  Swimmers swim 2-3   times per week.  There are no morning practices.  Practices have a strong focus on technical skills and drills of all 4 competitive strokes.  Introduction to competition skills including starts and turns for all 4 strokes will be further developed.   There is emphasis on technically sound swimming over speed in competition. Swimmers will further develop their  endurance swimming.   Development swimmers are encouraged to participate in meets appropriate to their skills and comfort level.  Development swimmers have the opportunity to compete in 4-6 meets per season.  Season runs mid-Sept to mid-June. 

Youth level : ages 9-12  Swimmers swim 4  times per week and have  dryland fitness included in the schedule.   Swimmers will have further development of technical skills and begin to use these skills in competition.  Further development of endurance swimming will occur. Swimmers will be introduced to swimming IM's in practice and competition. Swimmers will be introduced to pace clock.  Introduction to goal setting begins.  Swimmers in this level may compete 5-7  meets and are aiming to qualify for regional A meets. 

  Program runs mid-Sept to Mid-June. 

Junior:  ages 12-13:  Junior swimmers attend 5-6 pool sessions. Further dryland fitness is introduced.    Swimmers in this level are committed to striving to attain festival standards or better.  Swimmers will be solidifying IM skills and competing in distance events.  Competency with managing the pace clock and familiarity with concepts of distance per stroke and stroke rate will be emphasized.  Attendence at both pool and dryland sessions is expected. 

Senior :   7-8  pool sessions and  2-3  strength and conditioning sessions.  This level is meant to prepare swimmers to swim at the provincial level and higher.   Swimmers are striving to qualify for provincial level standards and better.  Competency with pace clock, concepts of distance per stroke, and solidifying technical excellence in all 4 strokes is the goal.  Development of racing strategy and beginning to execute these in a racing environment is further emphasized. Goal setting is further developed.  Attendence at all pool sessions and dryland session is expected. Emphasis on self-management including pre-meet prep, the role of nutrition and recovery occurs.  Commitment to quality training in order to achieve goals is necessary.

Swimmers train from mid-Sept to mid July. 

Adult Stroke Improvement Group:  this group swims one or two sessions  per week in the morning  and the focus is on improving both stroke and endurance.  Coaching will focus on methods to improve swim stroke efficiency.    Adults seeking fitness and adults  Tri-Athletes looking to improve their water efficiency are welcomed.     

To register or for more information for a trial contact:

Linda Tenhunen at 705-562-4185 or email:  [email protected]

We accept new swimmers throughout the season.  Give a call or email to find out more about our program.

Our program can help you to SWIM BETTER, SWIM FASTER, SWIM FARTHER.