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 are encouraged when a young swimmer are ready and confident in their ability.
How many hours a week does my child 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 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. The benefits of swimming are life-long.
What type of suit does my child need?
Pre-Competitive: Girls should have a one piece swimsuit and a cap, if they have longer than their chin (boys too!). Any swim trunks are suitable for boys in swim lessons but shorter, closer-fitting ones means they can move more freely in the water.
Competitive: As they progress into the club swimming groups, boys are encouraged to wear a jammer, a tighter suit that extends just above the knees. Girls still continue to wear one-piece training suits. Both types of suits are made of material that chlorine cannoe disolve as easily. Ask the Head Coach on how to get the right size for your competitive swimmer.
For competition: Please try to avoid purchasing a "tech suit" for your young competitive swimmer. Talk to the Head Coach about when that would give your swimmer the best advantage. Usually just "sizing down" can be as effective (with MUCH less cost) as buying a tech suit too early.
For swimmers training directly with the Head Coach: swimmers are free to wear their tech suit whenever the swimmer deems fit.
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 technical goals for most, and personal best times for some, meets also provide an opportunity for swimmers to come together as a team and enjoy a social aspect to being in a swim club.
Swim meets can replace "test sets" in training. They also give a swimmer and family an opportunity to share in a family activity that doesn't cost much more than a bit of time on a weekend, a few times a year.