Swim 2 Achieve (S2A)

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. 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 twice per week or 3x/week program.

Every new swimmer must go through an assessment prior to being accepted into the S2A Program. The assessment is used to determine if the swimmer is ready for the program and what level does the swimmer best match.

Current Assessments: By appointment at the Centennial Pool. Each assessment is about 10 minutes long. Please email info@markhamaquaticclub.com to book an assessment. Refer to our Membership page for what to bring to the assessments.

Schedules and Locations

Start date:

September 23 - December 16  |  January 6 - May 29

No practice on the following dates:

October 14 ( Thanksgiving)

February 17 (Family Day)

March 16 - 20 March Break)

April 10 (Good Friday)

May 18 (Victoria Day)

S2A Platinum 3X/week ( first 15min of practice is activation, followed by in water)

Monday 4:45 6 p.m. –  Pan Am [1hr pool]

Wednesday 3:45 5:30 p.m. – Pan Am [1.5hr pool]

Thursday 4:45 6 p.m. – Pan Am [1hr pool]

S2A Bronze/Silver/Gold

S2A – A: Monday & Wednesday 4 - 5 p.m. – Centennial

S2A – B: Monday Wednesday 5 - 6 p.m. – Centennial

S2A – C: Tuesday Thursday 4 - 5 p.m. – Centennial

S2A – D: Tuesday Thursday 5 to-6 p.m. – Centennial

S2A – E: Thursday 6 - 7 p.m. & Saturday 8 - 9 a.m. – Centennial

Entrance Criteria (7-10 years of age)

During the assessment, coaches are looking for swimmers that are able to achieve the following at the minimum:

  • Proficient flutter kick on front and back for 25m;
  • Swim 25 metres of freestyle with bilateral breathing and backstroke;
  • Comfortable with deep water, able to tread water for 1minute without assistance;and
  • Make changes to technique upon instruction

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/li>
  • Comes to practice with a good attitude
  • Fosters teamwork and sportsmanship

Practice Guidelines

Teach and continue to improve the basic swimming fundamentals:

  • Body Positio, 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


There will be 2-3 developmental swim meets scheduled that cater to the beginner swimmer in the GTA.

Criteria to Exit to Competitive Stream - "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

Equipment Required

Equipment (M=Mandatory  |  NR= Not Required  |  O= Optional
  Current S2A 3X Gold Silver  Bronze
Goggles M M M M M
Swim Cap M M M M M
Swim Suit 1 M M M M M
Mesh Bag M O O O O
Kickboard M M M M M
Pull Float M NR NR NR NR
Hand Paddles 2 NR NR NR NR NR
Finger Paddles NR NR NR NR NR
Skipping Rope M M NR NR NR
Stretch Cord NR NR NR NR NR
Snorkel 3 NR NR NR NR NR
Yoga Mat M NR NR NR NR