The Bow Valley Riptides Swim Club offers competitive and non-competitive swim programs for all ages and swimming abilities at Elevation Place in Canmore, Alberta. Our trained and certified coaches will provide all swimmers the chance to achieve their goals and experience personal success.

Questions?  Email info (at) riptides.ca

 
 

Swim School 1 (SS1)

A non-competitive Learn-to-Swim eleven-week session for ages 5-8 strongly targeting the FUNdamentals of swimming and water safety, encouraging swimmers to enjoy their time in the water, and develop their skills both in and out of the water. Completion of Red Cross Level 1/2 is preferred.

Fees: $350 – includes Swim Alberta insurance

Session dates/times:
Sept 20 - Dec 8 - Monday and Wednesday - 6-7 pm

Sept 21 - Dec 9 - Tuesday and Thursday - 3:45 - 4:45 pm

There are no parent volunteer requirements for this program. We do not swim on Statutory holidays these lessons/days will be added to the end of the Session.

Register for Swim School 1 here: Zone 4

 

Swim School 2 (SS2)

A non-competitive eleven-week Learn-to-Swim session for ages 6-9.  For swimmers that have already taken one session of swim school, or are entering from Red Cross 3 or higher, but are not ready to move up to Novice 1 quite yet. SS2 will continue to focus on the FUNdamentals of swimming, with full introductions to competitive strokes and skills, including dives, turns and competition skills. The focus will be on short distance, high quality swimming, with fundamental movement literacy dryland work.

Fees: $350 – includes Swim Alberta insurance

Session dates/times:
Sept 20 - Dec 8 - Monday and Wednesday - 5-6 pm

Sept 21 - Dec 9 - Tuesday and Thursday - 5:00-6:00 pm

There are no parent volunteer requirements for this program.  We do not swim on Statutory holidays these lessons/days will be added to the end of the Session.

Register for Swim School 2 here: Zone 4

 

Novice 1 (N1)

Non-competitive and competitive learn-to-swim program for 7-11 yrs. The Novice group will have 15 minutes dryland and 1 hour in the water. Emphasis is placed on skill acquisition and development of all four competitive strokes along with fun in the water in a team environment. Swimmers will set goals and work as a group to develop themselves as swimmers and teammates.  Completion of SS2 is encouraged but not essential. Assessments may be done to determine suitability for the group.

We offer a free week trial for new swimmers in our novice program at any time during the year. Swim for a week, make friends, meet the coaches and see if swim club is for you.

Attendance at swim meets is encouraged but not mandatory.

Swim 2-3 times per week at 60min/session

Mon- Thurs 5-6:15pm, Fridays 3:45-5 (half days 12:45-2)

Full Season – Sept – June 

Sessions – Fall: Sept – Dec; Winter: Jan – Mar; Spring – Apr – June

Fall start date is Tuesday, September 13, 2021

$1500/season or $550/session

Register for Novice 1 here: Zone 4

 

Novice 2 (N2)

Growth of a competitor, swimmers aged 8-12 will continue to refine their swim skills in a fun and competitive team environment. Emphasis is still strongly placed on FUNdamentals and skill acquisition with the development now aimed towards competition outcomes with high quality short distance swimming. Continuing to work individually and as a team towards goals.

Note: Completion of Novice 1 (N1) is mandatory or at coach’s discretion.

Swimmers encouraged to compete in novice competitions in Canmore and Calgary.

Swim 3-4 times per week at 60min/session

Mon-Fri 3:45-5pm (half day Fridays 12:45-2)

Full Season – Sept – June

Sessions – Fall: Sept – Dec; Winter: Jan – Mar; Spring – Apr – Jun

Fall start date is Tuesday, September 13, 2021

$1800/season or $650/session

Register for Novice 2 here: Zone 4

 

 

White

Athletes will swim four to five 90 minute sessions in the water. The athletes will show a high level of attitude and effort along with attendance, athletes will continue to work on their strokes and the development of their swimming in a fun and structured environment. Athletes will work to build relationships with their teammates and the team. Athletes in this group will be required to focus on their goals and embrace new challenges at a higher level.  Swim specifics will include:

  • Show a willingness to train and continue to improve within the sport of swimming
  • Attendance at swim meets as specified by the coach
  • Attendance at training camps in line with the individual athlete and coach goals
  • Willingness to work on all strokes and disciplines at competitions at the discretion of coaching including detailed race plans, off stroke events, etc.

Full Season – Sept – June

Sessions – Fall: Sept – Dec; Winter: Jan – Mar; Spring – Apr – June

Fall: Tuesday, September 13, 2021 - December 17th 2021 

$2100/season or $750/session 

Register for White here: Zone 4

 

 

Red

Athletes will swim five to six 120 minute sessions in the water and will complete 1 gym session with the Riptides strength coaches to work on specific injury prevention and strength work in a gym environment. The athletes will be held to a high level of accountability within the club with attitude and effort levels along with training attendance. Athletes will be required to keep working towards the next level of grouping and show a commitment to progressing all of their strokes in line with LTAD.  Swim specifics include:

  • Show a willingness to train and continue to improve within the sport of swimming
  • Attendance at swim meets as specified by the coach
  • Attendance at training camps as delivered by the club
  • No self tapering for select meets, tapering at the discretion of the Coach
  • Willingness to work on all strokes and disciplines at competitions at the discretion of coach including detailed race plans, off stroke events, etc.

Full Season – Sept – June

Sessions – Fall: Sept – Dec; Winter: Jan – Mar; Spring – Apr – June

Fall: Tuesday, September 13, 2021 - December 17th 2021 

$2100/season or $750/session

Register for Red here: Zone 4

 

 

Gold

Selection at the Coaches discretion. Athletes will swim seven 120 minute sessions in the water and will complete two sessions with the Riptides strength coaches to work on specific injury prevention and strength work in a gym environment. Athletes will be held to the highest level of accountability within the club with their attitude, attendance and effort levels in practice. They will be asked to be uncomfortable in training and be put in leadership roles, and keep progressing their strokes in line with their goals, and keep developing towards the overall training and competition goals. Swim Specifics will include:

  • Show a willingness to compete at a high level and strive for future success, Westerns and Junior Nationals and beyond
  • Arrive on time or early for practices prepared to lead and set and example
  • Attendance at Swim Meets as specified by the coach and attendance at National and Provincial Training Camps when achieved
  • Attendance on training camps as delivered by the club
  • No self tapering for select meets, tapering at the discretion of the Coach
  • Willingness to work on all strokes and disciplines at competitions at the discretion of coach including detailed race plans, off strokes, etc.

 

Full Season – Sept – June 

Sessions – Fall: Sept – Dec; Winter: Jan – Mar; Spring – Apr – June

Fall: Tuesday, September 13, 2021 - December 17th 2021 

$2100/season or $750/session

Register for Gold here: Zone 4

 

 

Teen Swim Fit


This program provides athletes 12-18 years old the chance to swim workouts lead by our coaching staff.   Swimming is a full-body, strength and cardiovascular workout and is an excellent way to cross-train for other sports.  Athletes should be able to swim 100m of freestyle prior to joining the group.  They can choose to swim once or twice a week. Teen Swim Fit takes the competition out of competitive swimming, and lets you work on your technique, build your fitness and have fun!

Monday and Wednesday 6:15-7:15 pm

Full Season – Sept – June

Sessions – Fall: Sept - Dec; Winter: Jan – Mar; Spring – Apr – June

Fall: Wednesday, September 14, 2021 - December 15th 2021 

$400/session

Register here: Zone 4

 

Swim Alberta fees: All swimmers must register with Swim Alberta each year to be covered by insurance. Your insurance is valid from September to August of each year. Swim Alberta fees are not included in the cost of registration.

The Bow Valley Riptides Swim Club is a member of True Sport and committed to the True Sport Principles.