The Cape Fear Aquatic Club uses an age group program designed to develop the child physically, mentally and emotionally in a systematic fashion. A well-defined, long-term approach of gradually increasing degrees of commitment is essential to reach peak performance levels during a swimmer physiological prime.
The emphasis in the early stages of participation is placed on developing technical skills and a love for the sport. In the later years, a more demanding physical and psychological challenge is introduced to the training program. In addition to emphasizing long-term rather than short-term results, we have established training groups for swimmers that are compatible in respect to abilities, commitment levels and goals.
At each level, the goals and objectives are specific and directed toward meeting the needs of the swimmer. The long-term goal of total excellence is always in mind. As each child is different, he or she will progress at his or her own rate. The coaching staff recognizes this fact by making team assignments based on a swimmer's physical, mental, and emotional level of development.
Ages: 5 – 8
The Blue 1 Group is the introductory level to Cape Fear Aquatic Club. Swimmers will develop all four competitive strokes, starts, turns and basic swimming knowledge. Stroke construction and technique are emphasized at this level as is having fun while learning the competitive strokes. The “Blue 1” group is for novice swimmers new to competitive swimming who can swim 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke unassisted.
Program Fee: $512
Ages: 10 - under
The Blue 2 Group swimmers will refine and prefect stroke technique and be introduces to basic drilling and using a pace clock. The swimmers will also learn basic practice etiquette and procedure.
Program Fee: $693
Ages: 8 - 14
The Black Group swimmers will become technically proficient in all four strokes, learn racing starts, turns underwater techniques and begin developing aerobic endurance.
Program Fee: $814
Ages: 8 - 14
The Silver Group swimmers will continue to advance their technique as well as being introduced to conditioning. This group is the precursor to the higher level of training and competition.
Program Fee: $996
Ages: 14 and up
The Varsity Group is a bridge program offered to those age group swimmers who need more time to transition in to the Senior program. The program is also open to high school swimmers who want to stay in shape during the off season or transition to a year around training program.
Program Fee: $800
Ages: 11 - 18
The Junior Group swimmers will focus on conditioning while still maintaining a focus on technical proficiency. Swimmers will learn how to properly apply technique into a training atmosphere and approach a swim season with both practice and competition goals.
Program Fee: $1177
Ages: 13 - 18
The Senior Group is our most advanced group and has very high practice and meet expectations.. Swimmers in this group are competing at the State Championships with long term goals of achieving YMCA Nationals. This training group places more responsibility on its members than other groups. Members of this training group dedicate themselves to training, racing and being good teammates. Swimmers understand that being in the Senior group makes them role models for younger swimmers and ambassadors to the community. Senior group is by coach’s invitation only.
Program Fee: $1359
POST GRAD & COLLEGE
The Post Grad & College Group is for swimmers who wish to train when they are home from college and training for national level meets. Please contact the coaching staff directly to arrange a training plan and schedule. Post Grad & College group is by coach’s invitation only.
PRACTICE /MEET REQUIREMENTS:
At Cape Fear Aquatic Club, we do not have an attendance requirement but we do track attendance. As coaches, we would love to have swimmers attended every workout his or her training group meets. Improvement in the sport of swimming is directly related to attendance at workout, paying attention and hard work, very similar to doing one's homework and school.