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Programs

Depending on your swimmer's skill level, one of the following groups will be deemed most suitable for him or her. If you're new to the club and require a swim assessment please click here for more information or contact Coach Vicky at vicky@winskilldolphins.ca for additional questions! 

GROUP

AGE

LTAD Stage

Description

Practices

Dryland

Meets

Mini Dolphins

Fall, Winter &

Spring

Sessions

5-8 years

Active Start/

FUNdamental

The Winskill Dolphins Swim Club offer this program focused on Canada’s Long-Term Athlete Development Model FUNdamentals and Active Start! It emphasizes the need to teach young children basic athletic skills as a foundation to lifelong sport participation – both in and out of the water! Note: this is a survey and introduction class, not formal lessons. For 45 minutes your child will learn and practice floating, kicking, breathing, and rotation skills. We strive to create a level of comfort in and around the water for all children

1x 45 min

swim

15 min preswim

None

Junior

Dolphins Blue

(JDB)

6-9 years

FUNdamental

Our entry level novice group - the Junior Dolphins program is a great place for young swimmers to learn swimming and get introduced to competitive strokes starting with coordination, body awareness, the four swim strokes, and other basic competitive skills. A fun team environment with no emphasis placed on performance! A platform for future water safety, physical recreation, stroke education, and an introduction to team sport! We emphasize the social aspect of swimming with games and teamwork activities. The swimmers get to know each other as well as the older swimmers in the club. Junior Dolphins experience racing in ’Mini Meets’ and the occasional PASS Meet - these events are free learning experiences for registered swimmers. This is a great time for them to discover the joys of swimming in being involved in organized sport. Interested in swimming during the Summer? Junior Dolphins runs September to April but we also have JD Summer Camps for members and non-members that run May, June, and July!

2x 45

min/week

15 min preswim

WDSC Home

Meet

Junior

Dolphins Gold

(JDG)

6-10

years

FUNdamental

Junior Dolphins Gold builds upon the skills established in Junior Dolphins Blue with swimmers committing to slightly more water time and learning to maintain the fundamentals for longer distances of swimming. We broaden the curriculum to include the refinement of medley swimming (all four strokes), legal turns, and dive starts. JDG swimmers are encouraged to attend all 5 PASS meets in the season as well as the WDSC home meet

3x 1 hr/week

15 min preswim

PASS Meets +

WDSC Home

Meet

Age Group

Blue (AGB)

8-11

years

Learn to Train

Age Group swimmers must be able to swim the 200m Individual Medley in less than four minutes. This qualifies them for the LMR (Lower Mainland Regional) level swim meets. The regional group focuses on learning the finer points of preparation like using the pace clock, swimming in a lane with other athletes, and gradually exposing them to longer durations of training. They maintain their focus on the individual medley events as they work their way up the Swim BC ‘AA’ and ‘AAA” time standards to qualify for the BC Provincial Championships held each year at the end of February and again in July. These swimmers swim 4-6 times each week and participate in at least one swim meet each month. Our expectation of the swimmers is that they are able to attend a minimum number of workouts, although at this level they should also be participating in other sports.

5x 1-1.5

hr/week

15 min preswim

1x meet/month

Age Group

Gold (AGG)

10-14

years

Learn to Train

Age Group Gold builds and expands on the skills established in AG Blue. Swimmers begin to cross train once a week with Delta Gymnastics and commit to more time in the water. They are still medley focused and will race at least once a month around the lower mainland.

6x 1.5

hr/week

15 min preswim

+

1x/week

gymnastics

1x meet/month

+ LMR

Championships

Provincial

12-15

years

Train to Train

Provincial group athletes begin to train for fitness while still focusing on the medley – all four strokes - they expand to more frequently include the 200m stroke events, the 400m individual medley and the distance (400m, 800m and 1500m) freestyle events. Openwater options can be explored in the summer as well. As they improve they begin to work their way towards their Swimming Canada Age Group Championship qualifying times and Western qualifying times. As they progress to these meets where they will be competing against the best swimmers their age in Canada they may transition into the National group. Our expectations of the swimmers are that they are able to attend all workouts, at this point they may also be participating in one other sport.

 7 x 1.5 hr/week

15 min preswim

+

2x/week

gymnastics

2x

meet/month,

1x travel

meet/season,

domestic

Championship

meets

National

(NAT)

13 &

over

Train to

Compete/

Train to Win

Our top training group - the National group - consists of swimmers who have Canadian Age Group Championship, Western Canadian National, and or Canadian Senior National (Olympic Trials) qualifying times. These swimmers are now training to compete with their weekly, monthly and seasonal cycles preparing them for specific meets at the National or Junior International level. They must be committed to swimming at this point as their training is extensive and varied and follow the program as it is laid out by the Head Coach.

7-8 x  1.5 hr/week

15 min preswim

+

2x/week

weights

1x

meet/month,

2x travel meet,

all

Championship

meets

Conditioning

& Technique

8-14

years

Active for Life

Conditioning and Technique is designed for those who wish to pursue competitive swimming or swimming for health reasons while also managing other time commitments. This group is our 'Active for Life' initiative, we believe that swimming is a sport that has benefits for all. Swimmers are encouraged to

attend one competition - our WDSC home meet. A great introduction to swim club for teenage athletes, it can also be used as a cross-training for other sports and as a way to keep fit and meet other members of the community

3 x 1 hr/week

15 min preswim

Optional:

WDSC Home

Meet

Alumni

18 &

over

Train to

Compete/

Train to Win

Former Winskill Dolphins who have graduated from high school to swim for their postsecondary varsity teams are welcomed back to train and represented WDSC during the summer months. Each athlete will have individualized expectations based on their goals for the summer. Each alumni must be approved by the Head Coach before joining the summer training program

7-8 x 1.5 hr/week

15 min preswim

TBD

 
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