Competitive Prep

(formerly Stroke School)

Registration begins Sept 1, 2019. 

 The Competitive Development program's missions involve three common needs in the community: 

  • New competitive swimmers. Whether you've never tried competitive swim before or whether you've just gotten you feet wet, there's a lot to learn! 
  • Improvement of skills, strength, and endurance. It can be difficult to just from "just starting" to making the competitive team, the "A" relay, or the Varsity team. 
  • Staying active and in shape. One, two, or three one-hour practices per week is a perfect commitment for some experienced swimmers with busy schedules outside of their high school season. 


SKILLS & TECHNIQUE CLASS is for middle school & high school swimmers who would like to improve their stroke technique and learn new racing skills. Developing more efficient racing technique and learning the latest racing skills and strategies will help you improve your times. PCC Coaches will take athletes through stroke drills and racing skills using demonstrations and instruction. This program will not offer extensive endurance training.  

Athletes registering for the Skills & Technique class will be expected to be strong swimmers capable of swimming for 1 hour and following a coach's instructions in the pool. Competitive experience is helpful, but is not required. Registering swimmers must capable of swimming 50y without struggle. 

ENDURANCE & RACING SKILLS CLASS is for middle & high school swimmers who would like to improve their stroke technique, endurance, and speed in the pool. This program is designed to serve as a 1 hour competitive practice. PCC Coaches will take athletes through stroke technique, basic endurance training and speed development. This program does require a level of physical fitness, and athletes should be prepared!  

Athletes registering for the ENDURANCE & RACING SKILLS class will be expected to be strong swimmers capable of swimming for 1 hour and following a coach's direction and instruction in the pool. Competitive experience is helpful, but is not required. 

Competitive Development Summer Session Information

During the summer, the program is super flexible! Instead of registering for a specific day and time each week, you purchase a virtual "punch card" of classes and can attend any of the posted classes during the session. You can attend every day, once a week, skip a week, really whenever it suits your schedule! 

All classes will be at Canton HS pool (in Canton Phase 3) in the summer of 2019. All classes are 55 minutes long. 

SUMMER 1 session runs from June 17 through August 1. No classes on July 3, 4, 8, 9, 10. 
SUMMER 2 session is still TBD on dates, but will be a short, 2-3 weeks session in August. 

Competitive Development during the School Year

REGISTRATION for the PCC SWIM COMPETITIVE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM begins September 1st and is open until June 1st. A formal evaluation is not required to register; if a swimmer does not appear ready for a class, our coaches will talk with you.

  • Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis. 
  • Classes during the school year are offered 7 days per week at either/both: 
    • PARC at 650 Church Street, Plymouth, MI 48170
    • Summit on the Park at 46000 Summit Pkwy, Canton, MI 48188
  • ​One class/week is $90/month. 
  • 2nd/3rd class/week are $40/month. 

Monthly fees are prorated to reflect no-class days; monthly fees are prorated for swimmers who join mid-month. 

Swimmers also pay a $50 annual membership fee, payable when you first join and renewed every 12 months. 

Please see the Competitive Development Calendar for the full schedule or the registration link to see which classes have openings. 

Once you are registered for the program, your membership will be auto-renewed each month. Swimmers can cancel their membership for the next month by completing the Cancellation Request Form at least  one week before the end of the month. If you do decided to take a month or two off, you may register again later in the year. 

If you have questions, please contact Susan Pickerman at