Tryouts for New Members 2022-2023 Season

12/31/2022

We have tryouts scheduled on the following days at the Centennial Community Centre Pool located at 8600 McCowan Road, Markham ON L3P 3M2 for new swimmers wanting to join our pre-competitive and competitive program for a September 2022 start date.

  • Saturday June 4th 8:00-9:00am - 20 slots
  • Saturday June 11th 8:00-9:00am - 20 slots
  • Saturday June 18th 8:00-9:00am - 20 slots

Please arrive at the Centennial Community Centre 15 minutes before your scheduled session to check in with the MAC Administrator.

Introduction to Competitive Swimming Program is called the Olympic Prospects (OP) Program

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. Olympic Prospects is a technique based program for all four competitive strokes and introduces young swimmers to the sport of swimming. 

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

To attend the tryout for the Olympic Prospects program swimmers should be  7-13 years of age and must be able to swim 25 meters or 1 full length of the pool unassisted, without stopping, in freestyle and backstroke, and also be able to swim in the deep end.

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

Entrance Criteria to the Olympic Prospects Program:

OPA 

  • Age: 8-10 yrs

  • Must be able to swim 25 metres of freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke and have an understanding of butterfly

  • Swims three times per week

OPB

  • Age: 7-9 yrs

  • Must be able to swim 25 metres of freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke and understand dolphin kick

  • Swims two times per week

OPC

  • Age: 6-8 yrs

  • Must be able to swim 25 meters of freestyle and backstroke

  • Swims once a week

OPDEV

  • 11-13 years

  • Must have an understanding of all 4 competitive strokes and must be able to deliver regulation turns

  • Swims once or twice a week

After the tryout you will receive an email with your swimmer's group recommendation.  Once our registration for the new swimming seaon opens you will be able to register online to the appropriate group. We do not have our practice schedule or fee schedule for the September 2022 season as of yet - those will be emailed to you upon request when available. 

The first step in joining the Markham Aquatic Club is the assessment! Please register online by clicking the green bar below "continue or check status".  You will be required to set up an account, add your member, pick your preferred time, and enter your credit card number for payment. Cost of the tryout is $20.

If you have any questions please contact the MAC Administrator at [email protected].

We look forward to seeing you at the pool!