Welcome to the OSSSC website. At the beginning of each season there are a number of commonly asked questions that new and returning swim families have for us. We created this FAQs sheet to help provide the information needed to answer these queries. Listed below are some of the most common questions and their answers. We hope this helps.
If you have any other questions please email our registrar directly at [email protected].
How long is the season?
Our season runs from May 1st through August 20th. Meets begin in late May.
Do we have to attend all the practices every day - there seems to be a lot!?
We offer practices for all groups 4 - 7 times a week depending on their placement. Try to attend as many as you can, though we understand that the swimmers still have school, and other commitments. Attendance is not mandatory though encouraged to get the most out of their season. It is solely up to your swimmer and your family.
What are the practice groups, and how do I work out which group my child is in?
We have swimmers tiered between 5 groups; age 5 - 17
Pups: 5 - 7 year olds
Bull Rays, Leopard Rays, Eagle Rays and Manta Rays are placed based on skill and age
If your child has taken swim lessons at the Recreation Centre, the approximate guide is that completion of Swimmer 3 would be sufficient to begin swim in Pups.
What we recommend for 1st year swimmers: Be able to swim unassissted for 15m, comfortable in deep water and coachable
Please note however that these are just guidelines and coaches will assign swimmers based on the assessment of their skills and fitness level, as swim practices for the swim team are very different to a 30 minute swim lesson.
The final decision to your swimmer's group will be determined by the coaches during assessment week.
What is the definition of an Exhibition Swimmer?
*Exhibition swimmer definition by Alberta Summer Swim Association (ASSA). see image from ASSA rules and regulations for more details.
How many meets are there, and do we need to attend them all?
There are 7 local meets that are open to all swimmers. You can attend as many meets as you would like - these costs are included in your Registration Fee + Fundaraising. We encourage swimmers to attend a minimum of 3 meets in the season and the Region E Regionals in August.
How long is a meet?
Summer swim meets usually last all day Saturday, starting at approximately 7:30am with warmups and usually ending between 4 and 5pm.
Where are the meets?
The 7 meets will be held in Okotoks, Calgary area, Cochrane, Didsbury, Canmore and High River.
Why is fundraising necessary - I'm already paying registration fees?
The actual cost for a swimmer to swim for a season is $1100 (coaching fees, pool rental, meet fees, insurance, etc).
Our registration fees are a lot less than this (and we'd like to keep it this way!). We offer fundraising as an opportunity for families to raise some of this difference. We also participate in an AGLC casino every 3 years (2021 is a casino year) that contributes to the shortfall.
We require that families take part in all of the fundraising opportunities offered, which can include: bottle drive, a food sales campaign, and casino.
How much time do I have to commit to volunteering?
As the club is entirely run by volunteers, we ask that all parents step up and help out during the season. The average swim meet needs 45 volunteers per session. A Saturday swim meet has 2 sessions am+pm.
As a general guide, for a Pups needs to earn 10 volunteer points, these can be obtained by;
- Attend Parent Meeting (2pts)
- Help with 2 sessions at the Okotoks Swim Meet(6pts)
- Help with 1 session at the Regionals Swim Meet(3pts)
If you have younger children and are concerned that you won't be able to help during a meet as you have no one else to watch them, there are other club tasks that need volunteers and can be done on your own time at home such as: photo coordinator, ribbon coordinator, trophy case maintenence, year end party helper. contact: [email protected]