ACES programs are developed in keeping with Swimming Canada's Long Term Athlete Development Strategy (LTADS), focusing on training, conditioning and skill development appropriate to a young person's growth and maturity (not just age) while promoting a lifelong love of sport.
Swimmers compete against the clock, and therefore against themselves. In addition to achieving personal best times, Regional, Festival, Provincial standards and beyond help guide athletes in setting their goals and give opportunities to participate in increasingly challenging meets.
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ACES 1-4 Programs
ACES 1-4 programs are introductory or house league levels of swimming, geared toward swimmers 3 to 16 years of age who are new to swimming or just want to stay in shape. All groups are in the water two times per week. Groups are also introduced to dryland training.
Programs run September 15, 2019 to May 2, 2020.
ACES 1: Active Start is for swimmers 3 to 6 years of age. The main goal of the program is to build self-confidence and positive self-esteem while teaching the fundamentals of swimming. This group does not participate in swim meets.
ACES 2: Fundamentals is for swimmers aged 5 to 8 for females and 6 to 9 for males. The main goals are to develop all four strokes, start some aerobic conditioning, work on coordination, and the basics of dryland training. This group will compete in Aqua 7 league meets only.
ACES 3: Learn to Train is for 8 to 11 year old females and 9 to 12 year old males. Swimmers will continue to work on all four strokes while improving technique, and start to work on core body strength and speed work. This level will compete in Aqua 7 league meets and two Invitational meets.
ACES 4: Train to Train is geared toward 11 to 14 year old females and 12 to 15 year old males. This group is perfect for the swimmer who doesn’t have a lot of time but still wants to improve in the sport of swimming. This level will compete in Aqua 7 league meets and two Invitational meets.
ACES Rep. Programs
ACES Rep. Programs allow our athletes to progress to the best of their abilities and compete at various levels from introductory to national level meets. Proper technique in all four competitive strokes, starts, turns and streamlining skills are taught. Swimmers practice three to six days per week, depending on level, plus dryland training at WRC (Bronze) and Personally Fit (Silver/Gold). Programs start on September 15, 2019.
Pre - Junior: Members of the Pre – Junior group train with a view of qualifying for Regionals and perfecting all four strokes and accompanying skills.
Junior: Members of the Junior group train with a view of qualifying for Regionals and perfecting all four strokes and the accompanying skills.
Intermediate: Members of the Intermediate group are able to train at a consistent level with proficiency in all four strokes and accompanying skills. Swimmers should be qualified for Regionals, or very close, with a view on Provincial level competition.
Pre - Senior: Members of the Pre – Senior group are able to train at a consistent level with proficiency in all four strokes and accompanying skills. Swimmers train with a view on qualifying for Provincial level competition.
Senior: Members of the Senior group are able to train at a consistent level maintaining technique through various training sets. Swimmers train with a view on qualifying for both Provincial and National level competition.
This program is for mature swimmers, 18 years and older, who wish to swim for exercise & conditioning. All four strokes continue to be developed. During the swim season participants may choose to compete at Masters meets as well.
Para-Swimming and Special Olympics
Swimmers who have intellectual or physical disabilities are fully integrated into ACES programs. Para-swimmers compete together at meets from Aqua 7 to national level. The Wilmot Aquatic ACES proudly support para-sports, and were honoured to have had 2012 Paralympian Michael Heath on our team.
In addition to para-swimming, the ACES are proud to support Special Olympics Ontario through coaching and training Special Olympians and hosting Special Olympic swim meets.
For more information about the ACES or to register online with the club:
• register online, or
• email our club registrar at email@example.com
Please note that our club has open registration for the entire season. New swimmers are welcome anytime!