Frequently Asked Questions


How do I become a member of the Burlington Aquatic Devilrays?

All swimmers interested in joining BAD must attend a tryout where they are assessed by one of our coaches. Interested families can visit our "How to Join BAD" page on our website for more detials on tryout requests. 


How long is the swimming season?

Beginner level swimmers in our Learn2Swim or FUNdamentals Program participate in one or two practices per week.  The Pre-Competitive Programs run from the mid-September through to the end of May.

The Development Programs run from the mid-September through to the end of May.

The Competitive Program runs from mid- September through to late July; some swimmers may continue into August depending on their level of achievement.


When do you offer assessments?

Tryouts are held In September, November, February, and June space permitting. Please visit our "How to Join BAD" page on our website for more detials on tryout requests. 

Once the season starts, it may be difficult to accommodate additional swimmers into some of our groups; however, we are happy to discuss the possibility of joining our group at any time. If room is available, we will coordinate an assessment during one of our regularly scheduled practices.


Can I register without an assessment?

Even if your child is an experienced competitive swimmer, we request that each potential new member be assessed by one of our coaches so that your swimmer is placed into the program that best suits their level and ability.


When does registration take place?

Following the swim assessment the parent representative will provide detailed information about the assessed swim group including the fee schedule, swim schedule and the registration process. 


What does it cost to join your club?

Our fees vary depending on which group you will be joining. Our parent representative will discuss your obligations once your child has been assessed by one of our coaches.


We are already registered in other programs; can we pick the practice schedule that works best for us?

Although we understand it is very difficult to balance extracurricular activities within a family, it is not possible to attend practices other than those set-up for your assigned group.

Our swimming program is divided into many levels based on the performance expectations of the swimmers in each group. Practices are designed with these performance expectations in mind. It is for the benefit of all swimmers and the coaches that each group remains cohesive from practice to practice.


At what age should my child start competitive swimming?

Our programs are designed to accept swimmers as young as 5 years old. However, this is a guideline because each swimmer is unique physically and technically. An assessment is necessary to determine if your child is ready any of our swimming programs, regardless of age.

How much swimming experience does my child need before joining your club?

Typically, an entry-level swimmer is between 5-10 years old and has received some formal swimming instruction either through a city program or privately. However, all age groups are welcome to be assessed.

As a minimum, we require that your child is comfortable in the water and has the ability to complete one continuous length of a 25-metre pool (any speed, any stroke).

What happens as my child’s swimming ability improves throughout the season?

Our coaches will assess the performance of each swimmer at various times throughout the swim season. Once swimmers have met the performance expectations of their current group, it is usually recommended that they progress to the next level. Typically transitions to other levels are made in March and at the end of the swim season, but under special circumstances moves may be recommended at other times at the discretion of the coaches.

Does my child have to attend competitions?

Swimmers in our Learn2Swim and FUNdamentals Program do not compete.

Within our Development Program swimmers are offered the opportunity to compete locally throughout the swim season. Although swimmer race with others in the pool, the swimmer is measured against his past performance. Competing at these meets is not mandatory.

It is expected that swimmers within our Competitive Program will attend all meets for which they have qualified.


What is the difference between your Pre-Competitive, Development, and Competitive Programs?

Our Pre-Competitive Program is a beginner level program for very young swimmers. It is not a competitive program.

The Development Program is designed for young swimmers who are interested in competitive swimming, but are not quite ready technically. A few local meets are offered where swimmers can test their racing skills.

Our Competitive Program is for competent swimmers who are interested in more vigorous training and are ready to commit time to the sport. Our competitive swimmers attend several meets within Southern Ontario.

My child is already a competitive swimmer and interested in joining your club. What do we do?

If you are transferring from another club, you must first be evaluated by our coaching staff. You will need to arrange for an assessment through [email protected] . Once placement is established and registration is completed, the BAD Club Registrar will initiate a transfer request from the departing club. You can begin swimming with BAD as soon as your registration information and appropriate fee payments have been received by Registration Chairperson.  The transfer process can take as long as 30 days once initiated pending release approval from the former club.


Will we need to purchase equipment?

At the start of the swim season each swimmer is provided with one BAD swim cap and t-shirt to be worn at meets for identification. The basic practice equipment at the entry level FUNdamentals is a pair of goggles and fins. Caps are recommended for all swimmers. And, of course, don’t forget…a swimsuit! In the Development and Competitive Programs, additional practice equipment is required. One of our parent representatives will discuss these requirements with you at the time of your child’s assessment.


Who can I contact for more information?

Contact us at email:  [email protected]