Building Confidence, Comfort and Skill Development

Our goal is to establish a strong foundation in our swimmers while instilling a love of swimming so that children and families enter the sport with an opportunity for lifelong enrichment.  Swimmers may swim one or two years in Swim 2 Achieve prior to entering the competitive program. 


Introduction

The Swim 2 Achieve (S2A) is a technique based program for all four competitive strokes and introduces young swimmers to the sport of swimming. Swimmers will be selected for either our S2A-1 (once per week) or S2A-2 (twice per week) program. 

Schedules and Locations

2018 - 2019 Swim 2 Achieve Schedule

Program Dates

Practices start the third week of September and end at the end of May. Please check the group calendar for specific dates and locations.

No Practice Dates

Thanksgiving

Monday October 8th, 2018

Family Day

Monday February 18th, 2019

March Break

Sunday March 10th, 2019 - Sunday March 17th, 2019

Easter Monday

Monday April 22nd, 2019

Victoria Day

Monday May 20th, 2019

Entrance Criteria (7-10 years of age)

Every new swimmer must go through an assessment prior to being accepted into the Swim 2 Achieve program. The assessment is used to determine if the swimmer is ready for the program and what level does the swimmer best match. Coaches are looking for swimmers that are able to achieve the following:

  • Perform three strokes that are legal (ideally four)
  • Swim 25 metres of all four strokes; three strokes should be proficient.
  • Streamline
  • Make changes to technique upon instruction

Refer to our Membership page for more information on booking an assessment.

Practice Structure

  • 5 - 10 minutes dryland/activation/mobility on deck
  • 45 - 50 minutes of swimming (skills/kicking)
  • 5 - 10 minutes of games or relays in water

Daily Expectations for Swimmers

  • Listens and tries to do what the coach says
  • Courteous and respectful with the coaches
  • Courteous and respectful with other swimmers in the pool
  • Comes to practice with a good attitude
  • Fosters teamwork and sportsmanship

Practice Guidelines

80% Instruction, 10% Training, 10% Relays & Games

Teach and continue to improve the basic swimming fundamentals:

  • Body Position
  • Stack and lock streamline
  • Properly kick all four strokes
  • Properly swim all 4 strokes
  • Starts and Turns
  • Breathing Patterns for Free and Fly
  • Introduce the concept of body dolphin swimming.
  • Team Cheers
  • Goal Setting

Competition

There will be 2-3 developmental swim meets scheduled that cater to the beginner swimmer. Meets are mostly within the GTA (no overnight swim meets).

Criteria to Exit to Age Group - "Graduation" (On Coach's Approval)

  • Streamline off every wall with a stack and lock. Be able to push off, back, side, stomach.
  • ​Has knowledge and can execute at least three core drills pertaining to each stroke
  • Is comfortable doing short and long axis turns.
  • Has four legal strokes maintaining proper body position
  • Has a legal 100 IM
  • Has a basic practice habit (per practice document)
  • Legal starts and finishes.
  • Understands and can display good sportsmanship
  • Understands changing pace / speed adjustment
  • Age Recommendation: at least 7 years of age to 10 years of age