Are You Considering Having Your Child Join?

Is my son or daughter ready?

Swimmers can start in our program when they are able to:

1) complete 25m on their front with some form of freestyle or front crawl, 
2) complete 25m on their back with some form of back stroke, and
3) kick on a kickboard

​If you aren't sure, they are welcome to arrange a screening by contacting our MiniMarlin Coordinator at

Swimmers who are are just completing a few lengths will probably be placed in our MiniMarlin or MiniMarlin Plus program.

Swimmers under 12 who are at the upper levels of the Red Cross programs may be more suited to our Junior Development program which runs three times a week.  

Swimmers under 12 who have finished their lessons and are ready for a challenge may be placed in our Junior program

Detailed group descriptions, training times and costs can be found here

All new swimmers are asked to take part in the pre-screening to ensure proper placement

Is it too late for my child to consider competitive swimming?

Swimmers 12 and over who can swim but have not done so competitively can get started in our Introductory & Fitness Programs. They will be taught the basics of competitive swimming, and as they get in the best shape of their lives, will soon have an idea if swimming is the sport for them.

I'm worried about early mornings and having to do too much volunteer work.

If your swimmer is just starting, it will be a couple of years at least until they enter the world of 6:00 am swim practices. Only our 13 and overs go to early morning swims and typically it is a couple of years later that they are doing more than one morning swim a week. Many swimmers welcome them though as they have an opportunity for some evenings "off".

Volunteers are required to make the club run smoothly and while your volunteer commitment can be bought out, the opportunity to be engaged in what your child is doing can be very rewarding.  While we welcome your help, our commitment requirement isn't until swimmers are at the Junior Development level. 

Please do not hesitate to contact our Executive Director / Head Coach Ken Anderson with any questions:
ken@swimkingston or 613-484-8635.
You can book a screening with Coach Viki Riha by emailing

Thank you for your interest!