Varsity Swimming Opportunities

A pivotal piece of the Long Term Athlete Development Strategy (LTAD) is College/University swimming. Kamloops Classic Swimming coaches encourage KCS swimmers to consider continuing their swimming careers through to university. Becoming a student-athlete is an experience not to be missed and there are many different opportunities for swimmers of varying levels. The following is a list of resources for the Canadian and American college/university systems which may help you get started. Pacific Sport also runs workshops on post-high school athlete opportunities throughout the year. 

KCS University Alumni         2016 CIS/NCAA Commit Listing

Guide to Canadian University Swimming Programs

Canada First - Guide to Cdn University Swimming Programs"Swimming Canada and the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) organization and coaches proudly launch this 2012 version of the Guide to Canadian University Swimming Programs. This is a tool developed to support the Canada first initiative to inform, excite and retain top swimmers in Canada.

“Our goal is to ensure that our Canadian swimmer have the necessary tools in hand while they are making the decision on where they will pursue their high-performance and academic endeavors”  states Pierre Lafontaine, CEO/National Coach for Swimming Canada.  “This interactive online guide will ensure that our athletes have a full understanding of the benefits that the Canadian University Swim program has to offer”.  

Included in this Canada first online guide to CIS swimming programs is detailed information on University Programs, a guide to asking the right questions, an outline of scholarships and funding available in Canada, links to informative sites as well as information on the strengths of individual programs, facilities and services available to high performance university athletes."  Excerpt from Swimming Canada

SwimOntario PowerPoint on Canadian Swimming HERE

Thompson Rivers University Swimming

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NCAA Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete

The NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete offers instructional guidelines for high school student-athletes who wish to pursue athletics at the collegiate level. Every student-athlete and parent needs a copy of this guide. Click Here 

The NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete contains information on the following: 

  • Amateurism-Eligibility Requirements
  • Academic-Eligibility Requirements
  • Recruiting Rules for Division I, II, and III
  • Core Courses, GPA, Tests, and Special Conditions
  • NCAA Eligibility Center
  • Questions to Ask as You Consider Colleges
  • Information for Parents and Guardians
  • Details for High School Counselors and Athletics Administrators
  • International Academic Standards for Athletics Eligibility

**Simon Fraser University is the only Canadian member of the NCAA**

**Preparation for qualifying for certain US programs can begin as early as the Spring of Grade 10 as many programs will have certain course requirements. Often they will want SAT/ACT results in the fall of Grade 11. This gives you time to write SAT's again in the spring if needed.

Additional information:
Berecruited : create a free profile to connect with coaches and learning about schools
US News College Rankings Best resource on the web for keeping track of NCAA swimming

Myths of College Swimming

The Role of Parents in the Recruiting Process

Average Athletic Scholarships for Schools Sponsoring Swimming

How New NCAA Rules are Changing Scholarship Offers

When Do I Start the US Recruiting Process?

How To Make Sense of the US College Recruiting Process - Never Assume.

How To Ask For a Scholarship

12 Things Every Recruit Wants to Know...  but is Afraid to Ask

U.S. Junior College and NAIA Information

For eligibility information at the Junior College and NAIA levels visit the links below: 

 Additional Resources

For those swimmers wishing to continue to compete in Canadian Senior National Championships or Olympic Trials during their university swimming career, joining the NCAA could affect your LCM competitiveness if all training is short-course yards. Depending on the coach and your standing in the program however, you may be given the opportunity to train/taper for Canadian meets.  Below you'll find some information about the challenges and opportunities in the NCAA relating to retaining your long-course metres competitiveness in a short-course yards system...

Is Short Course Yards USA Swimming's Achilles Heel? Jonty Skinner, Director of USA Swimming National Team Technical Support  Read Here

It's time for the NCAA to switch to LCM: A manifesto [discussion forum]
Follow the Discussion Here

...and with that being said many NCAA programs continue to generate Olympic qualifiers... 

Over 100 Former NCAA Swimmers Storm the Olympics  Braden Keith, SwimSwam News       
Read Here