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Sherwood Park Swim Competitive Program

  • Registration Open July 10, 2019

The Sherwood Park Silver Tide Swim Club is a premier competitive swim club in Canada. We offer programs at the introductory level that continue directly from where our pre-competitive program finishes. We also offer programs right up to the international level, where several Silver Tide Swimmers have represented Canada on National Teams. Our competitive program follows the guidelines from the Canadian Swimming Long-Term Athlete Development model.

We also offer the highest quality coaching, right to the International Games level. All of our coaches are NCCP certified and meet or exceed the typical qualification for coaching at their levels. We search for fun and energetic coaches who bring a maximum of swimming passion and knowledge to the swimmers

Throughout the program, Silver Tide believes in the development of athletes in all four stroke disciplines and in all race distances. Silver Tide swimmers who progress to the national level will have a maximum personal potential in all swimming events, because they will learn throughout their age group careers how to swim every event successfully. Swimmers progress first with technical proficiency and then through carefully planned training to produce continuous stroke improvements and ultimately faster results.

The Head Coach, after consulting with coaching staff, ultimately determines all competitive swimmer placement, so a swimmer can maximize their skill and swimming development.

 

  • Ripple Swim Group (Intro-Competitive)

Long-Term Athlete Development Stage: FUNdamentals

Practice Time: 1 hr; 2 days/week

The Ripple Group is one of the introductory groups to competitive swimming at Silver Tide. Swimmers in this group have either graduated from the Silver Swimmer program or have been evaluated at this level.

Training is aimed at improving and developing skills in all four strokes as well as gaining an understanding of starts and turns.

Attendance at practice will help swimmers gain confidence as they enter competitions and begin to set goals in the sport. Participation at meets is limited to regional meets with the emphasis on having a positive racing experience and enjoying the process of becoming a competitive swimmer.

 

  • Tide Swim Group

Long-Term Athlete Development Stage: FUNdamentals progressing to Learn to Train (introductory)  

3 sessions per week; 3.5 hours in the pool + 0.5 hours dry land activities

The Tide Group is one of the introductory groups to competitive swimming at Silver Tide. Swimmers in this group have either graduated from the Ripple program or have been evaluated at this level.

Training is aimed at improving and developing skills in all four strokes as well as gaining an understanding of starts and turns.

Attendance at practice will help swimmers gain confidence as they enter competitions and begin to set goals in the sport. Participation at meets is limited to regional meets with the emphasis on having a positive racing experience and enjoying the process of becoming a competitive swimmer.

  • Wave Swim Group

Long-Term Athlete Development Stage: Train to Train (Second Stage)

4 sessions per week; 6.5 hours in the pool + 1.75 hours dry land activities

Swimmers in the Wave Swim Group are training in all four strokes with the objective of achieving a meet qualifying time.

Each swimmer will set individual goals with the coach and the group will aim to qualify as many swimmers as possible for the North Festival meets.

Attendance is important in this group in order to allow the swimmer to maximize his or her performance over the course of the season. Enjoyment of the sport is important at this level of development. The coach at this level is instilling the value of hard work along with the connection that results will bring with the work ethic.

  • Typhoon Swim Group

Long-Term Athlete Development Stage: Train to Train

6 sessions per week; 10.5 hours in pool + 3.75 hours dry land activities

The swimmers are striving towards achieving progressively more challenging time standards at the Provincial qualifying levels.

The focus on stroke mechanics and skills will advance to a combination of learning and performing under stress.

Practices are designed to encourage success and skill mastery. Once mastered, swimmers will progress to higher levels in the sport and will set new goals. Attendance is essential for the swimmer to achieve these goals and to meet the expectations of the group.

  • Tsunami Swim Group

Long-Term Athlete Development Stage: Train to Train (secondary stage) moving to Train to Compete 

7 sessions per week; 12.5 hours in the pool + 4.75 hours dryland activities

This is currently Silver Tide's premier competitive swim group.

The Tsunami Swim group is focused on technical improvement of all four strokes with specialization within the Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) model.

Attendance is expected at all swim practices. Individual swimmers will identify personal goals with the Head Coach and be committed to achievement in a process-oriented manner. Many swimmers will be progressing toward Canadian Age Group Championships in late July. This group of swimmers enjoys the challenge of training and competing at the highest level possible. They have a common mission to improve themselves and in turn the team to produce the best results.