The Edson Orcas Swim Club offers training and practice groups for swimmers of different ages and abilities. It is the goal of the Edson Orcas Swim Club to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities.

At the beginning of each season, we hold Rookie Camp for new swimmers to allow our coaches to assess your child and determine if they would be ready to join swim club. This also gives swimmers a chance to see if swim club is the right fit for them.

We may also holding additional rookie camps in January and March if space permits. 2022.


Swim Groups

Pre Competitive Program

This is our entry level group. Swimmers must be able to complete the Edson Leisure Centre Swim Test. It is recommended to have passed Swimmer 3.  It is required that children participate in the Rookie Camp so coaches can assess their ability.  This is an introductory non competitive group with 45min a week of water time. Swimmers will work thorugh 3 levels within the pre-competitive program before moving to the competitive program.

Tuesdays OR Thursday 3:45-4:30pm

Competitive Program

BEGINNERS (previously Stars)      2 x 60-minute practices

  • Swimmers who are just entering the competitive part of the sport
  • Completed the 3 levels of the pre-competitive program
  • Focus on skill development and competition readiness
  • Mandatory to participate in home meets. Other meets optional.

Tuesdays/Thursdays 4:30-5:30pm

INTERMEDIATES (previously Senior Stars)    2 x 90-minute practices, with the option to add a third 90 min practice 

  • Swimmers who are working towards Festival/Provincial times
  • Can do all 4 strokes efficiently for a minimum of 50-100m
  • Can do all dives and turns effectively
  • Mandatory to participate in home meets & expected to participate in at least 1-2 out of town meets
  • Includes dryland training 

Mondays/Wednesdays 3:45-5:15pm (Friday 3:45-5:15pm optional)

SENIORS (previously Juniors)     3 x 90-minute practices

  • Swimmers who have achieved or are close to achieving provincial/championship times
  • Can do all 4 strokes technically (rhythm/breathing) for a minimum of 100m+
  • Can do all dives and turns strongly (underwater kick/pullout)
  • Mandatory to participate in home meets & expected to participate in at least 2 -3 out of town meets
  • Mandatory dryland training

Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays 3:45-5:15pm

Short Course/Long Course Seasons

Again for this season, we will be combing our previous Short Course and Long Course seasons into one Year Long season as Swim Alberta is moving towards year round swimming. All swimmers will register for October to June. The Edson pool is closed for miantenance in September. In the past, the short course season would run from September to the end of March and the long course season would run from April to June/July. Short Course (SC) swim meets are held in a 25m pool. Long Course (LC) swim meets are held in a 50m pool. The Edson pool is 25m. 

On average, for the same distance, long course races take about 2% longer than short course races. The reason for this is that when a swimmer is swimming short course there are more turns over the same distance. When a swimmer does a turn and pushes off the wall he is usually moving faster than he would in the rest of the race.

Please note that we do offer withdrawals during the season if necessary, with written notice. Your withdrawal will become effective at the end of the next full month, and remaining fees will be refunded. For example, if we receive notice on April 15 that you wish to withdraw from Swim Club, you will pay fees until May 30. You will receive a refund for June fees. Please send withdrawal notification to [email protected].