About FAST

FAST is a nonprofit organization, guided by an elected Board of Directors accountable to the general membership for the execution of a four-year strategic plan. The membership is comprised of registered swimmers and their parents. The head coach is supported by a team of coaches in delivering a quality competitive swim program as approved annually by the Board of Directors. FAST is a member of Swimming New Brunswick, which promotes competitive swimming on behalf its 14 member swim clubs. FAST is recognized as one of the leading competitive swim teams in Atlantic Canada with an aspiration to achieve Club Excellence status, a nationally recognized accreditation for sports clubs.

Part of our Success Story

The Fredericton Aquanauts Swim Team has a rich tradition of success in developing competitive swimmers but also instilling the qualities that will help our youth become successful and responsible adults. Swimmers have an opportunity to compete at the regional, provincial, national, and international level. The club has strong alumni, including Olympic silver medalist Marianne Limpert who maintains strong links with the club. In fact, several alumni swimmers have returned to FAST as coaches. Former swimmers are members of university varsity swim teams throughout Canada, sometimes returning to train with the FAST club during the summer months.

Our Programs

Fast Pre-Competitive Program

  • 4 Sessions/year – Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer

  • Each Session is approximately 3 months in duration

  • 4 Levels:

    • Yellow

    • Orange

    • Green

    • Blue

  • The goal of the Pre Competitive program is to teach the basic and necessary components of competitive swimming in a fun and safe environment. Emphasis is on proper stroke technique, mechanics and breath control.

  • Group sizes are kept to a small coach-to-swimmer ratio to ensure maximum opportunity for learning these skills.

  • Ultimately, the goal is to progress to the FAST Competitive program.

FAST Competitive Program

  • Season: September – June;

  • 6 Levels:

    1. Novice Red

    2. Novice Black

    3. Junior Red

    4. Junior Black

    5. Senior Black

    6. Senior Performance

  • Coaching for Novice, Provincial, National, and International competitive swimmers;

  • Nutrition Training;

  • Dryland Training;

  • Team Building and Social Events;

  • Healthy and active lifestyle;

  • “Long Term Athlete Development” Strategy (see FAST Website for more information);

  • TRUE Sport Principles (see FAST Website for more information)

Non Competitive FAST YMCA Youth Training

  • FAST and the YMCA have formed a ‘partnership in swimming’ to offer a Youth Training program.

  • This program is for swimmers between the ages 12-18 years of age.

  • Focus is on stroke technique, training skills, and physical endurance in a non-competitive environment.

  • Program is designed by FAST Head Coach, Marta Belsh, and is built around Swimming Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development Program (SNC LTAD) “Active for Life) stage, and is delivered by FAST coaching staff.

Pool Locations:  

Swim practices are mostly held at the UNB Pool, however there may be practices at the Fredericton Indoor Pool (FIP) or the YMCA. The practice schedule will outline this information.