Our Program Vision
The primary objective of the Sharks Team is to provide swimmers with the opportunity to reach their maximum potential in competitive swimming while promoting health and sportsmanship among the children and young adults of West Nipissing.
Junior – A (ages 10 & under)
J-A swimmers swim 3 times per week. Coach to swimmer ratio is very small. 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 this level include freestyle, sculling, kicking for all 4 strokes, streamline, basic freestyle and backstroke. Once the swimmer has developed a strong freestyle and backstroke, elements of breast stroke and butterfly stroke will be introduced. Swimmers will be introduced to swimming IM's in practice and competition. They will learn to butterfly kick in all body positions.
Junior – B (ages 11 & 12)
J-B swimmers swim 4 times weekly. Practices have a strong focus on technical skills and drills of all 4 competitive strokes. There is emphasis on technically sound swimming over speed in competition. Swimmers will be introduced to endurance swimming. Swimmers will have further development of technical skills and begin to use these skills in competition. Swimmers will be introduced to pace clock. Introduction to goal setting begins. General dryland conditioning and attendance are expected.
Seniors (ages 13 & up)
Seniors are in the pool 5 times per week, at a minimum, and are expected to attend dryland 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. Attendance at all pool sessions and dryland session is expected. Emphasis on self-management and commitment to quality training in order to achieve goals is necessary.