Mini Whale's

Mini Whale's schedules:

Tuesday/Thursday/Friday: 4:45-5:00 activation, 5:00-6:00 swim

Once your swimmer can swim 25 meters unassisted of freestyle and backstroke, and once your swimmer is mature enough to handle instruction within a group setting, your competitive swimming journey begins with the Mini Whales! In the Mini Whales you learn the basic fundamentals of competitive swimming in a light hearted team environment. Our coaches strive to put the FUN in FUNdamentals. We teach the values of community, skill development, sportsmanship and build the foundation towards excellence. The end goal of the Mini Whales program is to foster a love of swimming that is contusive to long term participation in the sport, as well as swimmer to be able to swim faster that 50 seconds over a course of 50 meters in Freestyle (Front Crawl) and Backstroke, under 60 seconds in a 50 meter Breaststroke, as well 25 meters of legal butterfly. Once these objectives are completed you are eligible for our Orca Program! 


- Graduation from the CRKW Learn to Swim program or a recommendation from a coach

- Elementary School aged

Expectations of swimmers:

- Will attend all practices with a great attitude and eagerness to learn

- Attend time trials, local invitational meets, and any stroke camps offered

- Aim to race at a pace of less than 60 seconds/50m in short races, less than 75 seconds/50m in mid-distance races

Expectations of parents:

- Make sure to have the swimmer at the pool on time with all required equipment

- Contact the coach if the swimmer will be missing a practice or meet

- Stay informed of upcoming events by checking the website, bulletin boards, as well as talking to the coach

Required Gear and Equipment:

- Goggles

- Cap (for all swimmers whose hair exceeds eyebrow length)

- Snorkel

- Water bottle

- One-piece swimsuit for girls

- Jammer, square, or brief swimsuit for boys 

For swim meets, swimmers should have all of the above equipment plus their blue CRKW t-shirt, sweatpants, several towels, healthy snacks, and a time-occupying activity.

Practice Information:

Swimmers in Mini Whales practice up to three times weekly, with three practices consisting of 15 minutes of activation followed by 60 minutes in the pool. Swimmers are also invited to time trials which happen on various weekends throughout the year as well as competitions hosted by other clubs.

Registration for the Mini Whales program is ongoing. If you are interested in a skill assessment or require further information about this or any other program, please contact 
Head Coach Richard Millns at [email protected]