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Levels

In every group, swimmers will develop positive patterns of attendance, effort, and engagement, while understanding the water and how to use it to swim with proper technique and speed. Swimmers are also expected to dive into academics and represent Peak Swim Team as student-athletes. Finally, it is also important that our swimmers, coaches, and parents have fun!

"Whether you think you can or you think you can’t-- you’re right.” ~ Henry Ford

LEVELS:

TRAILBLAZERS

Peak Swim Team’s Trailblazer level is created for transitioning swimmers to use as a springboard to joining the full swim team. The goal of Trailblazers is to introduce the basic strokes, to get swimmers comfortable with swimming a continuous 25 yards, and to introduce swim practice, swim team expectations, and competition related concepts. 

Trailblazer will engage in a mini-meet at the end of their 8 week session, designed just for these transitional swimmers.

Trailblazers level is not a substitute for swim lessons or water safety classes, but is a springboard between lessons and the swim team, designed to encourage younger swimmers’ development in the basic strokes.  For the safety of all of our swimmers, coaches may recommend lessons through Woodland Aquatic Center for anyone who isn’t quite ready for the Trailblazers level. At the end of each session, coaches may inform you if your swimmer is ready to move up to the Basecamp level of the full Peak Swim Team. 

Trailblazers may typically be ages 5-10. 

Schedule: 2x/week for 30 min. each practice for 8 weeks. 

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BASECAMP

This is the foundational competitive level for Peak Swim Team.  Children should be able to independently swim the freestyle (face in water) and backstroke comfortably, for 25 yards. Swimmers must be able to work well on a team, participate, listen, and respond to coaches.

Swimmers will learn proper techniques of freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and components of butterfly. Swimmers will learn racing starts, streamline, and turns, and build endurance.  Swimmers must try out for this group or be recommended through the WAC Learn to Swim program and/or the Trailblazers pre-team program.

Swimmers are encouraged to participate in developmental/splash meets when available, and may also be recommended by the coach to participate in certified swim meets.

Practice is 1 hour, offered 3 days/week. However, on occasion, there may be days where a practice is cancelled due to weather, pool maintenance, meet schedule or the like.

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FOOTHILLS

Swimmers may typically be aged 9 on up, but placement of swimmers in each level is based on ability and readiness of each next level, not solely on age.

Swimmers should be able to independently swim the freestyle (face in water, side breathing) and backstroke comfortably and legally. Swimmers must be able to work well on a team, participate, listen, and respond to coaches.

Swimmers will learn proper techniques of freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. Swimmers will further develop swim techniques in all four of these competitive swim strokes. Athletes will also be introduced to and refine flip turns, open turns, block starts, streamlines, and breakouts.

Practice is 1 hour, offered 4 days/week. However, on occasion, there may be days where a practice is cancelled due to weather, pool maintenance, meet schedule or the like.

Swimmers are encouraged to participate in developmental/splash meets when available, and may also be recommended by the coach to participate in certified swim meets.

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MONTANE 

This group is for the swimmers who are competition ready in all four strokes, with or without competitive experience. Swimmers must be able to swim competitively and legally in all four strokes, be able to legally complete flip turns, open turns, and proper competitive starts. Yardage and race pace increase through the season to prepare swimmers for competition and to progress to the next group. Swimmers must be able to work well on a team, participate, listen, and respond to coaches.

This competitive group will refine techniques in each stroke, starts, breakouts, and streamlines. Swimmers will also learn advanced speed turns and IM skills. Montane swimmers will learn about consistency in training and technique and increase the ability to apply subtleties to develop mature swimming form.

Swimmer goals will include achieving a “B” time in theUSA Motivational Time Standards for their age group in at least one event.

Swimmers will participate in certified meets throughout the year in events as recommended by coaches.  The meets in which the team will participate is decided by the coach, and in which of those meets the swimmer would like to participate is choice of the swimmer/family.

Depending on the age, practice may be 1.5-2 hours, offered 5 days/week. However, on occasion, there may be days where a practice is cancelled due to weather, pool maintenance, meet schedule or the like.

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SUMMIT

This group is highly competitive and represents the highest caliber  athletes on the swim team.  The goal of this group is to create leaders in the swimming community and beyond through their passion, dedication and commitment to the mastery in the sport.   Execution and refinement of technique and speed continue in all strokes, starts, turns, breakouts and underwater components. Swimmers must be able to work well on a team, and have proven ability to participate, listen, and respond to coaches.

Swimmers in the Summit group are typically high school aged.  However, if a younger competitive swimmer has already achieved the desired cuts for this level (“B” cuts in at least three separate events, or two “BB” or one “A” cut from the USA Motivational Time Standards for their age group) and shows a maturity to start this level of training, they may be ready to join the Summit group (either in full, or by splitting practices: a couple days a week in Summit and the other practice days in Montane).

Swimmers will know their personal best times and their 25 yard split along with qualifying times and power points.

Summit swimmers experience higher physical, mental and performance psychology training and are coached on skills needed to adhere successfully to a training program. Through age-appropriate training, these swimmers are learning to push their limitations and rise to a select level of youth sport (and enjoy doing so!)

Swimmers will participate in certified meets throughout the year.  The meets in which the team will participate is decided by the coach, and in which of those meets the swimmer would like to participate is choice of the swimmer/family. Swimmers are also expected to attend championship meets, if they meet qualifying times. Summit members also explore Regional and National level competition and select training camps offered for their age.

Summit swimmers may be expected to support, encourage, and mentor swimmers on the other levels of our Peak team.

Practice are typically 2 hours, offered 5-6 days/week. However, on occasion, there may be days where a practice is cancelled due to weather, pool maintenance, meet schedule or the like.

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PRACTICE:

It is recommended that swimmers make as many practices as possible, although frequency of attendance is up to the family and should be communicated with the coach. Summit level swimmers are expected to practice in at least 80% of practices. Because of facility lease, coach salary, and other fees, full payment of monthly fees are due, whether swimmer chooses to attend practice 50%, 75% or 100% of the time.

** Fees are explained on the Fees page. **

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EQUIPMENT:

Please be sure that all swimmers have:

1-piece competitive suit (girls) or jammers or similar performance swimwear (boys)

Swim caps (they will also receive team caps for  meets)

Goggles 

Long blade training fins (similar to these on SwimOutlet, but you can purchase whatever brand you like. Make sure swimmer's name is on their fins) 

Please see more under Swim Gear

Please see our CALENDAR  on our home page for practice times. Keep in mind, some levels are large enough that they may be split into different practice-time groups