New Parents and Registrations
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the commitment to belong to the club?
Once per week, 45 minutes per session (or one hour on Wednesday). This is the requirement for swim school participants and the recommendation for either Masters or recreational athletes. Once per week, for swim school participants, to facilitate learning and repetition. It also provides the swim school instructor the ability to get to four strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breastroke and butterfly), teach basic movement skills (sculling, propulsion, and breath control) and some technical skills (starts and turns). For those registered with Recreation or Masters, one session at 45 to one hour , provides sufficient training to remain fit.
How and who evaluates my swimmer?
With few exceptions, swimmers are directed to the swim school program. This enables the instructor and coaches a chance to assess your swimmer’s level of development and skill development. If your swimmer is not suitable for the level of program registered, the coaching team in combination with the registrar, will make adjustments to make sure that the program is appropriate to the individual skill level. Swimmers that are transferring from another team, either in the Huronia region or in the province, will be evaluated based on their age, stage of development and in consultation with the departing club coaches. Thus, they will be recommended for a specific level and adjusted in the fullness of the competitive season.
What is the difference between recreational programs and the competitive stream (AG; Junior and Senior programs)?
Recreation streams including swim school, high school aged and masters do not have any competitive expectations. But they will have the opportunity to participate to a time trials if desired to experience what it is and how fun it can be! The competitive streams, including age group (AG), junior and senior participants, are expected to attend various competitive opportunities on a graduated basis. An AG 1 swimmer, who is often a first year swimmer, may attend up to 6 meets per year. A senior swimmer may attend up to 12 meets per calendar year and may train to 45 weeks per year to be physically ready to compete at these events.
What are the fundraising and participation expectations in the competitive streams?
Programs for the age group (AG) and junior/senior programs operate on a financial loss. This is designed with the specific purpose of keeping programs affordable to member families. Fundraising available throughout the competitive season enables us to offset this loss with either special events, corporate sponsorships, bingo revenues and Swim A thon (SAT). For more information, please go to the "parent info" tab and go to fundraising.
When is my swimmer suitable to attend meets?
Any swimmer registered in the competitive stream will be encouraged to attend swim meets. The respective coach will determine what swim meet is suitable to your swimmer, time trial, developmental, invitational and championship events. If the swimmer has qualified for championship meets, the coach will consider variables including attendance and physical readiness to attend that event. If the swimmer is suitable, then the coach will advise the swimmer and that swimmer’s family.
What do I do now?
You can come to our assessment days on September 6 or 7, from 4:00-6:00pm. This will allow the coaches to recommend where the swimmer should be during the season, and it will only take 10-15 minutes. Coaches can provide their expertise and can also help you with the registration process. They will also be available to answer any questions that you may have before or after registration.