Swim School & Junior Olympic Way

Swim School is our entry level program into the exciting world of Competitive swimming. It is in the Swim School program that swimmers will learn about competitive swimming and skills.

Swim School is offered in sessions, with Fall, Winter and Spring registrations. 

Junior Olympic Way (JOW) is the next step in our Learn-To-Competitive Swim pathway. Here, swimmers continue to build on their technical skills and will also have the option to participate in small, local Fundamentals swim meets as an introduction to competition. 

JOW is a full season program, running from September through June. Swimmers may also join the program in January or April, transitioning from our Swim School 3 program or upon Coach recommendation. 

New swimmers must attend a Rookie Camp to be assessed by our coaching staff before registering for Swim School or Junior Olympic Way. Swimmers are placed and moved through the program based on skill level rather than age. 


Fall 2020 Update: In-person Rookie Camps will not be held for the Fall session of Swim School / JOW. Please use the Parent Assessment Tool to determine which of our program levels your swimmer should enter.

For those interested in the Junior Olympic Way program, please view the video below to see the skills required to enter the program. 

If you require further guidance in assessing your swimmer, please contact the Cascade Office or Coach Jacquie Pratt. We welcome video submissions demonstrating your swimmer's skill level, so our coaches can better help. 


Swim School 

4-8 Year old swimmers, 1 x 45 min / week OR 2 x 30 min / week practice options

Three Skill-based program levels: Swim School 1, 2 and 3

Sessional program: Fall, Winter & Spring

Junior Olympic Way  

5-8 Year old swimmers, 2 Training practices, 60 Minutes each

Skill-based program for swimmers who have successfully completed Swim School 3, or have been recommended for entry by our Coaches at Rookie Camp

Full-season program: September* through June

* Swimmers may also enter JOW in January or April, based on Coaches recommendations


2020-21 Swim School Sessions

The Swim School Program runs as three separate sessions during the year. 


Returning Member Registration

New Member Registration

Session Start

Session End

Fall 2020

September 02

9:00 AM

September 09

9:00 AM

Week of September 21

Week of December 05

Winter 2021

December 07

9:00 AM

December 14

9:00 AM



Spring 2021






* Your swimmer will receive a report in the last week of the session which will indicate their progress and the next level to register them in.



Swim School, Stroke Improvement and Junior Olympic Way Programs do not have any volunteer requirements