OAK Lessons are the first level of OAK. The group practices once a week and will have the opportunity to compete in one HOBC (Hamilton, Oakville, Brantford, Cambridge) meet at the end of their swim season. Lessons are where the foundations of competitive swimming begin. OAK Lessons run for the whole season (October to May). Interclub fun meets will be available for swimmers in lessons so that they can be assessed for placement into the competitive stream of the Oakville Aquatic Club.
The Olympic Prospect program is an introduction to the fundamentals of competitive swimming. The primary focus is the acquisition of technical skills required for the complete development of a competitive swimmer. Along with the technical component is the introduction to aerobic fitness and competition skills. It is during these sessions the swimmers learn a sense of routine in competitive training and racing, as well as a sense of sportsmanship, team spirit and a love of the sport. Each group is designed for the ages and abilities of the swimmers. The Olympic Prospect groups race in the HOBC (Hamilton, Oakville, Brantford, Cambridge) meet series. It is a competition series scheduled throughout the season run by each of the participating clubs. Interclub fun meets will also be available from time to time.
The Development programs build on the fundamentals of competitive swimming as
outlined in the Olympic Prospect Programs. The focus is on learning and maintaining
skill development, mental awareness, building physical fitness and learning how to
compete. Each development group is designed for the ages and abilities of the
swimmers and practices are geared towards the specific ages of the groups. As such,
the content of each development program will be slightly different. Swimmers in the
development programs race in competitions specific to their ability.
The Performance programs encourages the individual to reach their potential and to
strive towards excellence. In this program the focus is on building a training base and
improving a skill set to develop the competitive strokes, distances and events. Attention
is given to all aspects of development as an athlete and to truly challenge the athlete in
competitive situations. Competitions are based on time standards, ability and
experience. The Performance season runs from mid September through to the end of
June. The higher the level that a swimmer competes at, the longer the swimming
season runs e.g. athletes who make national/international teams must train longer into
July and August as the meets they attend follow the International Calendar and are
usually held in late July or August. Performance swimmers are divided into the following
training groups with their own dedicated coaches. All Performance groups are at the
"rep" level based on age group and performance. Senior, Senior B, TAG1, TAG2, TAG3, Gold, Silver, AG1, AG2.