Sherwood Park Silver Tide Frequently Asked Questions - We get a lot of them!
How do I enter my swimmer in a swim meet?
As soon as you received a meet notification email from STSC, log into the STSC website, click on the Meets/Events tab, pick the meet/event you want to sign up for, click on the blue attend/ decline icon and follow the instructions through the meet sign up process. You should frequently look through the upcoming meets to ensure you are attending the desired meets/events.There are posted sign up deadlines for all events/swim meets so please sign up early. I always go through the entire list and sign up my swimmers for all eligible meets listed.
Who do I contact when I have club questions?
Check out our contact page
How is Club Swimming different than swimming lessons?
Both swimming lessons and Club Swimming are great ways for your child to learn how to swim. On the swim team, we concentrate on teaching technique in all four strokes and developing the fitness levels of each swimmer.
As part of the swim team, athletes will also be exposed to dry-land training (strength, flexibility and co-ordination) and many other skills such as goal setting and approaching challenges with a positive attitude that are transferable to all areas of their life.
Can my child try the team to see if they like it?
Yes, during the season, Silver Tide swim club offers one-week trials, so your child can discover just how much they love to swim the STSC way!
How do I know when my child is ready to join the team?
Simple, if your child loves to swim and would like to become part of a great team, bring them out! Set up a time with our registrar for you and your swimmer to come to the pool and speak to the coaches and see the practices. The transition to swim club is very easy. The Junior Development program trains 4 times a week (see Pool Schedule). Participation in Novice meets is encouraged when the young swimmers are ready and confident in their ability.
How many hours a week do I have to train?
This is very dependent on what group your child is in. In our Silver Swimmer pre-competitive programs, which are the introductory groups, athletes can start with two 30-min practices a week. Swimmer's training commitments increase as they move up into the more senior levels of competitive swimming.
What are the main benefits of joining a swim team?
There are many great benefits to belonging to the swim team Being a swim team member provides the opportunity for children to pursue both team and individual goals, how to swim all four strokes more efficiently, to develop a high level of fitness, meet new friends and most importantly have fun. Other benefits are listed on the "Why Choose Swimming?" page click here
Will my training in swimming be a benefit in other sports?
Yes, swimming is an excellent way to develop strength, aerobic fitness and flexibility, all skills that will benefit athletes in any sport they participate in.
What type of suit does my child need?
Girls should have a one piece swimsuit and a cap, if they have longer hair. Any swim trunks are suitable for boys in swim lessons. As they progress into the club swimming groups, boys are encouraged to wear a jammer, a tighter suit that extends just above the knees.
Are swim meets mandatory?
Pre-Competitive swimmers are encouraged to swim in the Silver Bells club time trial in December. Meet attendance in competitive swimming groups is encouraged, but swimmers are not entered in meets until they are ready.
What is the purpose of swim meets?
Swim meets are an opportunity for swimmers to pursue personal bests and measure their individual improvement. While the focus is on achieving personal bests, meets also provide an opportunity for swimmers to compete against other swimmers at their level. Overall young swimmers learn about goal setting, participate in a fun and supportive team environment, and benefit from the family involvement aspect of a swim meet.