How old does my child need to be to join Swim Club? How can we join?

  • Your child needs to be at least 6 years old and have completed Swimmer 3, passed the Pool Swim Test (purple band) or be able to swim one length of the pool. New swimmers need to attend Rookie Camp (you can register online under Events) so the coaches can assess their ability and the swimmers get a chance to try out swim club. At the end of Rookie Camp the coaches will let you know if your child is ready to join and swim club and which group would be the best fit.

How long is the Swim Club season?

  •  The season runs from September to the end of June for the Competitive groups. For pre-competieive, there are 3 sessions that run September - December, January - March, and April - June.  Summer Provincials are at the end of July - only qualified swimmers will continue swimming past June.  

Is there a Parent Information Meeting at the start of the year?

  • Yes! We are holding a Parent Information Meeting for returning swimmers, time and date to be announced. The Parent Information Meeting for new swimmers will be held after Rookie Camp is complete.

What happens if I only partially fulfill my volunteer requirement?

  • If you don't fully complete the volunteer requirement, you will be required to pay the difference. You will receive an email letting you know how much you owe before the end of the season. You can then choose to pay by credit card or e-transfer.

Can I fundraise/volunteer MORE than I signed up for to help reduce my fees even further?

  • Unfortunately we cannot offer this option this season. However if finances are a barrier to registration please speak with our Board of Directors President (Kerry) for potential options (email: [email protected]

Why are there 2 mandatory volunteer events this season - even for those who choose the no fundraising option?

  • As a club, we strive to keep fees as low as possible. This season we are asking competitive swim families to participate in our Bottle Drive to help offset the cost of coach travel to meets. This will means we do not have to charge extra for swim meets beyond the entry fee.
  • Our home swim meet is not possible without the support of all our parents as there is so much work that goes into hosting a great meet for our swimmers. Our swimmers do not pay an entry fee for our home meet, instead we ask for your help volunteering for a shift during the swim meet weekend.

What if I can't attend the mandatory volunteer events?

  • You can ask friends or family to help out in your place, they just need to be over 16 years of age.
  • We are asking for one parent per family (and swimmer if possible) to help with the bottle drive. If you cannot attend, there will be a $100 penalty.
  • For our home swim meet, we are asking for one shift (one day) per swimmer that attends the meet. If you cannot attend, there will be a $100 penalty.

Is my swimmer required to attend swim meets?

  • Pre-Competitive Groups - these are our newest groups that offer swimmers the ability to learn the skills needed to compete.  This group is considered non-competitive but CAN participate in 1 swim meet per season.  We suggest the Edson Home Meet.
  • Competitive Groups - these are our Beginners, Intermediates and Seniors groups.  These groups are required to attend swim meets, each group has a minimum expectation. 

Why is the club moving to Competitive only for the older/more advanced groups?

  • After much thought and discussion, the club has made the decision to require the Beginners, Intermediates and Advanced groups to be competitive swimmers. This fits with the club vision of providing an environment where all swimmers can reach their maximum potential. By attending swim meets, swimmers can see their progress and improvement. This helps motivate them to work hard every practice and gives them goals to strive for. 

How do I know which Swim Meets to register for?

  • Each swim meet will have a Level attached to it.  The level will determine whether your swimmer is eligible to attend.  Ass well some swim meets are for qualified swimmers only.  Refer to the levels or ask your coach for more  clarification.  Every swimmer is asked to attend the Edson Home Swim Meet which occurs the last weekend of November.  

How do the coaches evaluate the swimmers?

  • All the coaches have been certified through the National Coaching Certification Program.  The Swim Club, along with all Canadian Sports Clubs, follow the Canadian Sport for Life philosophy - Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Model.  For more informaiton on this model please refer to Long-Term Athlete Development Framework - Sport for Life.  As well the coaches have developed an evaluation for each group. These evaluations are ongoing through out the season. Report Cards (summaries of these evaluations) will be provided to the swimmer at the end of each session.  You can also speak to the coaches if you have questions about how your swimmer is doing.