||Since 1973, the Hyack Swim Club has developed competitive swimming excellence from Developmental Levels to world-class competition. In doing so, we hope to instill self-discipline, leadership and sportsmanship in all the athletes who swim with us. Our club offers a variety of programs beginning at a Learn-to-Swim Level, progressing through systematic Age-group Training Programs, as well as a variety of Adult Programs.
Short summaries of our diverse programming are provided below. For more thorough group descriptions, please click on the title of the group (eg. "Grassroots 1 & 2"). Please contact us at 604 461-0550 or click on "Registration" for information on how to register!
Grassroots 1 & 2
This program features our entry level groups. The main focus in these levels is to introduce the swimmer to the four competitive swimming strokes as well as the various rules on how to swim each stroke properly. The participants in this group also learn to perform proper turns and dives for each of the strokes.
Olympic Way White
Olympic Way White swimmers are able to swim the freestyle and backstroke fairly well and they also are in the process of refining the breaststroke and learning the butterfly swim strokes. The main focus in this level is developing the swimmer's ability to swim the four competitive strokes to a level where they can demonstrate basic proper stroke mechanics.
Olympic Way Black
The main focus in this level is improving athlete's ability to swim the four competitive strokes as well as advance their fitness level. These swimmers also continue to refine the competitive starts and turns for each of the four strokes. The concept of training is advanced upon from the concepts taught at the OW White level.
The group is for 11-15 year old swimmers and therefore the method of skill teaching, dryland and other activities is reflective of this age. The concept of training is advanced upon from the concepts taught at the OW Black Level. This is also the group for the newer swimmer to the club who is in this age bracket. The group competes at lower mainland regional meets for the swimmers qualified..
Regional 11 & under
Regional swimmers are exposed to a higher level of training and competition. They will compete around the Lower Mainland and occasionally elsewhere in BC (special Team Meet or BC Championship meets). The swimmers are able to swim the four competitive swim strokes well for medium to longer distances.
13& Over AA Provincial
This group is for athletes who have graduated from our Olympic Way Orange or Regional programs and are working towards training competency at the Provincial level. The performance objective for this level is to advance the swimmer from A to AA or AA to AAA level.
13 & U Provincial
Athletes in this group are expected to begin to approach the sport of swimming as their primary activity and are able to attend all scheduled practice sessions and competitions (including training camps) without having interference from commitments to other sports. The importance and appreciation of following the training program and evolving one's fitness levels becomes apparent.
Age Group Development
Athletes here learn to master how to train efficiently and effectively on a consistent basis. Mastering skills is an on-going part of the daily routine. Our objective for the swimmers in this group is to excel at the provincial and national level (BC Age Group, Western, Age National level). Race strategies and tactics are refined at this level both in the practice and competition environment.
HP Intensive Training National Group
The athletes in this program have achieved National standards (Age National, Senior National), or have shown the dedication (attendance, etc) required with their training consistency and performance to be considered. The program is geared towards preparing the athletes to compete at the highest domestic level and achieve performances which enable them to be selected to various provincial and national team competitions. All athletes in this group are required to have no issues with their school or academic needs, be able to follow the program as set forth, and attend all camps and competitions as required. The program is open for athletes between 12 (female) 13 (male) and older. Program acceptance is based on application only.
Adult Programs - In addition to our Age Group programs, we also offer adult programs for swimmers of all abilities; both novice swimmers and seasoned veterans will find our programs engaging and challenging.
There are a variety of levels of swimmers ranging from serious competitive swimmers to others who are just learning and developing their strokes. Many of our swimmers compete for Hyack at MSABC Swimmeets, others are at practices for fitness and fun!
TriFit practices are geared towards Freestyle (Front Crawl) swimming for those who are training for triathlons and to those looking to improve their swimming skills and fitness. Swimmers can also join the local Tri Club to participate in scheduled runs and rides.
Specialized Program - To meet the needs of some swimmers that are looking for a taste of competitive swimming, we also offer specialized programs.
Sears I Can Swim - Coquitlam City Centre Aquatic Complex (CCAC) only
Sears I Can Swim is an innovative learn-to-swim program of incredible quality developed by Swimming/Natation Canada. Sears I Can Swim is a program dedicated to teaching children to swim well in a fun, challenging and rewarding atmosphere. Swimming/Natation Canada has developed a program that teaches children the basics of the four swimming strokes: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. As well, participants are introduced to swimming starts, turns and components of other aquatic sports.