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Our Programs and Group Structure

 The primary purpose of the programs is to provide an opportunity for all athletes to attain their maximum potential as they strive to be the best they can be.  In pursuing this goal, it is our belief that they will gain significant benefits in the areas of :
 
-Character Development;
-Internal rewards and personal satisfaction;
-Development of close friendships in a positive team environment
 
The program is designed around the Long-term Athlete Development model, a gradual approach to the development of  young athletes along their journey to success.  Learn to Swim – Learn to Train – Learn to Compete
 
Groups are structured with the following in mind:
1)  Age & maturity
2)  Ability to train
3)  Commitment level
4)  Competitive goals
5)  Performance

Below is a short description of all of the programs that CRKW offers. To see a more in depth breakdown of each group please click on the group name. If you are interested in joining the program please click on the "Registration Info" tab, or the "Join Today!" tab on the home page for more information. 


Mini-Whales White MW White is a teaching level, as well as the entry level for young swimmers wanting to join the competitive program with the Killer Whales. The main objective is to teach the fundamentals of competitive swimming, including stroke technique, rules of competition, as well as “Swim Skills”. Swimmers are introduced to the four competitive strokes, as well as the spirit of competition in a fun, engaging and supportive atmosphere. The main focus is on developing a strong technical base across all four strokes, while continuing to develop their fundamental movement skills, in a fun and engaging setting.

Mini-Whales BlueThis group builds on what was learnt in Mini-Whales White, with an emphasis on stroke technique and “swim skills”, as well as getting ready for competition. Starts and Turns, stroke technique, rules of competitive swimming, team spirit, and the traits that make a great swimmer are all things that are focused on daily in Mini-Whales Blue. At this level the goal is to instill a love for sport in each and every athlete, through the introduction of new skills, daily challenges for each individual swimmer, as well as developing each individual’s competitive edge. 

Mini-Whales Black Mini-Whales Black is the top group of our 10 and under program. Swimmers in this group have the goal of reaching the Swim BC AA Standard by the end of the long course season. Fundamental technical skills continue to be reinforced at this stage, with an emphasis on the transfer of technical skills into competition. “Swim Skills” continue to be a focus and athletes are challenged on a daily basis to develop themselves as an athlete as well as a person. Dedication and commitment to sport become important at this stage, as the work that is put into each individuals training, directly reflects the level of improvement throughout the season. 

Orca Blue The Orca Blue group is the start of our youth program, and will be made up of swimmers that are ages 11-13. Swimmers in this group have the goal of reaching the Swim BC AA Standard by the end of the long course season. Fundamental technical skills continue to be reinforced at this stage, with an emphasis on the transfer of technical skills into competition. “Swim Skills” continue to be a focus and athletes are challenged on a daily basis to develop themselves as an athlete as well as a person. Dedication and commitment to sport become important at this stage, as the work that is put into each individuals training, directly reflects their level of improvement throughout the season. 

Orca Black Swimmers in the Orca Black group are AA/AAA level swimmers with the goal of reaching their Swim BC AAA Standard or their AGN Standard. In this group the focus is still on technical development and fundamental skill development, with an introduction to different training techniques. This is a competitive  group, and all areas of competition will be covered, including goal setting and nutrition. The focus will be on developing IM swimmers, with development continuing over all four strokes. Swimmers in the Orca Black group have shown dedication to the sport. Commitment to the full Orca Black program including practice schedule, meet schedule and camps throughout the season is asked of both swimmers and parents at this level. 

 

Provincial Black Swimmers at the Provincial Black level are working towards their AAA and AGN standards, making second swims at peek meets throughout the season, as well as being selected for specific Swim BC camps. Swimmers are continuing to develop their technical and tactical skills, with a huge focus being on learning how to put together technically sound races. Attendance at all training times and a commitment to the full meet schedule are mandatory at this level, along with being able to manage school commitments without significant and ongoing misses to the training program. Dedication, commitment, consistent work ethic, and a desire to excel are all traits that will help swimmers to be successful at this level of sport. Swimmers at this level should be starting to commit fully to the sport, with a goal to swim at their highest level, and to be applying for the Provincial Gold group in seasons to come. 

Provincial Gold This is the top group in CRKW, with swimmers in this group working towards their National Standards and being selected for specific Swim BC and Swim Canada teams. Swimmers in this group have shown a huge dedication to the sport by organizing their school schedule to accommodate their practice schedule, with practices starting at 1:30 pm each day. Swimmers in this group are continuing to develop their technical and tactical skills, with a large focus being on training to perform at peek meets throughout the season. Attendance at all training times and a commitment to the full meet schedule is mandatory at this level, along with being able to manage school commitments without significant and ongoing misses to the training program. Dedication, commitment, consistent work ethic, and a desire to excel are all traits that will help swimmers to be successful at this level of sport. 

High School Fitness   This is a non-competitive group for swimmers who enjoy being in the water.  Swimming fitness is the primary focus of this group.  Workouts are designed with stoke / skill improvement in mind.  This is great group for swimmers who love the sport but also have other extra-circular activities.   This group trains 3 x week with an additional yoga program one day a week.