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Groups

Below is a brief overview of each of the groups offered for the 2018 - 2019 season:

I-CAN-SWIM Program - Is a 10 HOUR program - Training 1 hour per week for 10 weeks

Overview

This progressive 3-Stage program teaches swimmers 54 important swimming skills, and focuses on seven major skill progressions: butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke, freestyle, water safety, entries and turns. Swimmers learn to put together whole skill-sets, one step at a time.

Stage 1

Requirement: ability to swim 25m unaided.  Introduction to the 4 Competitive Strokes and Turns

Establishes a sound basis for the future acquisition of swimming skills. Children develop the fundamentals of swimming while learning to be comfortable and relaxed in the water.

  • Entry and immersion
  • Buoyancy and floatation
  • Submersion and breath control
  • Safe movement in the water
  • Propulsion through the water

Stage 2

Focus is on FUNdamentals. 

Focuses on basic movements and orientation ability needed for swimming skills like arm action, sculling and breathing.

  • Streamlining – propulsion
  • Basic Strokes – freestyle, backstroke, introduction to breaststroke, basic dolphin movement
  • Specific skills – submersion, underwater push-offs, treading water, introduction to diving skills

Stage 3

Focus is on FUNdamentals. 

Focuses on improving reaction/rhythm and increasing endurance for all four strokes. Advanced dives and basic starts and turns are also covered. When swimmers complete Stage 3, they have learned to swim well.

  • Major focus – breathing and stroke timing
  • Stroke Improvement – free, back, breast, fly
  • Introduction to turn skills
  • Advanced diving skills
  • Building endurance

I-CAN-SWIM FASTER  - Training 2 hours per week 

Focus is on FASTER (and Fun of course!)

When moving up from ICS - required Coach Healey recommendation.

Requirement:  Striving in all 4 strokes, turns, and starts. Ability to swim 100 and up to 200m races.  Focus still on FUNdamentals.  May be attempting their 200 IM in workout.  Required to swim at least one regional Jamboree Meet.

Stroke drills, endurance building and goal setting give swimmers the knowledge and confidence to swim efficiently and FAST. Focus is on skill refinement and stroke enhancement.

Age Group Development - Trains 3 hours per week

Focus is on proficiency of all swimming skills (I.M. Based) building endurance and continue the development of activation and flexibility routines.  Introduce mental skills of goal setting and visualization.  Intended to prepare swimmers for multiple Jamboree competitions with the goal of obtaining a sub 4-minute 200IM time at which time athlete will move to Provincial 1 or Provincial 2.  Focus still on FUNdamentals​

 Provincial 1 - P1 trains 4.5 hours per week 

Requirements: Sub 4 minute 200 IM time or by recommendation by Head Coach

Swimmers in these groups are committed and are striving for personal best times at competitions and/or Provincial Tier I / Tier II meets.  Focus is on developing all swim skills with speed as well as endurance, while maintaining the activation and flexibility routines .   Expected to commit to most regional meets throughout the season. 

Optional to participate in the dryland strength and flexibility program - TBA and will have an additional cost

 Provincial 2  -  P2 trains 6 hours per week

Requirements: Sub 4 minute 200 IM time or by recommendation by Head Coach

Swimmers in these groups are committed and are striving for personal best times at competitions and/or Provincial Tier I / Tier II meets.  Focus is on developing all swim skills with speed as well as endurance, while maintaining the activation and flexibility routines .   Expected to commit to most regional meets throughout the season. 

Optional to participate in the dryland strength and flexibility program - TBA and will have an additional cost

National 5  -  N5 trains 9.5 hours per week 

Swimmers in this group have achieved or are striving for Provincial/National standards.  Athletes in this program are committed and want to excel in competitions.  Focus is on mastery and refinement of swimming skills with speed as well as endurance.  Developing autonomy, input and individual responsibility regarding swim program.   Expected to commit to most meets throughout the season. 

Expected to participate in the dryland strength and flexibility program - TBA and will have an additional cost

National 8 -  N8 trains 14 hours per week

Swimmers in this group have achieved or are striving for Provincial/National standards.  Athletes in this program are committed and want to excel in competitions.  Focus is on mastery and refinement of swimming skills with speed as well as endurance.  Developing autonomy, input and individual responsibility regarding swim program.   Expected to commit to most meets throughout the season. 

Expected to participate in the dryland strength and flexibility program - TBA and will have an additional cost