The Fort St. John Inconnu offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of the Fort St. John Inconnu to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities. The coaches use the Swim Canada Long Term Athlete Development Guide for help with athlete placement.

Novice A/B: (Learn to Swim- Fundamentals ages 5-9)

Achieve the technical fundamental skills, confidence and proficiency leading to the foundation skills for the four competitive events when the swimmers graduate to Learn to Train. Ensure that the Agility, Balance, Coordination, Speed (ABC’S) are supported in an active and fun filled learning environment. Promote involvement in multiple sports, fair play, teamwork and personal interaction skills

Junior A/B:(Learn to Train- ages 9-12)

The Learn to Train group seeks to master movement and swimming skills through repetition. The amount of swimming activity increases to 4-6 sessions per week with sessions ranging from 60-90 minutes. Flexibility training is introduced.

Intermediates: (Learn to Train-ages 9-12)

The Learn to Train group continues to master movement and swimming skills thru repetition. The amount of swimming activity stays at 4-6 sessions per week, but an increase of hours in the week with sessions ranging from 60-120 minutes.  Flexibility training continues to be developed with an introduction to mobility.  An introduction to race strategies and an athlete’s ability to swim longer distance events is structured around a seasonal plan developed to enhance aerobic endurance.

Seniors:(Train to Train- ages 11-13)

The development of the aerobic system is the main emphasis for this group. The on-set of growth spurt to PHV(Peak Height Velocity) is a critical window for this development. The amount of swimming activity stays at 6 sessions per week with sessions ranging from 90-120 minutes.


 (Train to Train- ages 12-15)

This group continues to emphasize the development of the aerobic system with additional emphasis placed on strength development. This strength development for females will take place immediately following Peak Height Velocity (PHV) and for males 12-18 months following peak PHV. The amount of swimming activity ranges from 7-8 sessions per week of 120 minutes.

(Train to compete 15+)

Training provided is a more individualized training focus with volume and intensity based on swimmers specialty and periodization. Swimmers begin to plan career/long term sport options.

Swim 4 Fit 

This group is for swimmers with a basic understanding of swimming and that are between the ages of 12-18.  It is geared toward swimmers who want to stay active and have the option to compete or for summer swimmers who want to do winter maintenance and still swim within their division for BCSSA.  For specific guidelines, please check the BCSSA website. Coaching will emphasize on improving technique.

Swim 4 Life

Swim 4 Life is designed to improve fitness and skill development for adults 18 years and older. This program targets swimmers of any level who want to get into the pool. Swim 4 Life is charged on a drop-in basis.  Attendance is kept and charged once per month via Team Unify.  A one-time registration fee with Masters Swimming Canada which provides swimmers with insurance coverage and access to all the features and programs offered by Masters Swimming Canada.  Swim 4 Life participants are not required to participate in fundraising events or the volunteer points program

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