2021-2022 Competitive Program Descriptions

HIGH-PERFORMANCE 9X per week

This is a group designed for 13 & over swimmers who have achieved a Swim Canada National Standard. Swimmers at this level must conduct themselves with the highest level of professionalism at all practices and be committed to their continued aerobic & IM development. These athletes are expected to represent our team at regional, provincial and national level competitions.

LENGTH OF SEASON    from September 6th to June or until final competition

TRAINING BREAK         1 week off at Christmas from December 24th to 30th

TRAINING CAMP           Training camp (TBD with additional cost) & train through March break

EQUIPMENT                 Please see Training Equipment section


PERFORMANCE 7X per week

This is a group designed for 13 & over swimmers who have achieved, or are close to achieving, an Ontario Provincial Standard. Swimmers at this level must demonstrate good work ethic and effort at all practices and be committed to their continued aerobic & IM development. These athletes are expected to represent our team at regional and provincial level competitions. 

LENGTH OF SEASON    from September 6th to June or until final competition

TRAINING BREAK         2 weeks off at Christmas from December 24th to January 5th

TRAINING CAMP           Training camp (TBD with additional cost) & train through March break

EQUIPMENT                 Please see Thunderbolts Handbook


SENIOR DEVELOPMENT 6X per week

This is a group designed for 13 & over swimmers who are at the regional level and working towards an Ontario Provincial Standard. Swimmers at this level will continue to work on more advanced training concepts to improve training/competition habits and must be committed to improving their endurance and fitness levels. These athletes are expected to work on improving their personal best times at regional and out of town competitions.

LENGTH OF SEASON    from September 6th to June or until final competition

TRAINING BREAK         2 weeks off at Christmas + March break off

EQUIPMENT                 Please see Training Equipment section


JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT 5X per week

This is a group designed for 11-13 year old swimmers who are at the regional level and working towards an Ontario Provincial Standard. Swimmers at this level will be introduced to more advanced training concepts to improve training/competition habits and must be committed to improving their endurance and fitness levels. The emphasis will be on having fun while learning the skills to compete and the essentials of being a great athlete. These athletes are expected to work on improving their personal best times at regional and out of town competitions.

LENGTH OF SEASON    from September 6th to June or until final competition

TRAINING BREAK         2 weeks off at Christmas + March break off

EQUIPMENT                 Please see Training Equipment section


DISCOVERY 4X per week

This is a group designed for 8 & over swimmers who are progressing out of the Intro group or who have the experience and ability required for this group. Swimmers at this level will continue to develop the skills of competitive swimming. The emphasis will be on having fun while learning the skills of the sport through teamwork and hard work. These athletes will have the opportunity to compete at regional competitions.

LENGTH OF SEASON    36-week season from September 20th to June 18th or until final competition

TRAINING BREAK         2-weeks off at Christmas + 1 week off at March break

EQUIPMENT                 Please see Training Equipment section


INTRO 4X per week

This is a group designed for 8 & over swimmers who are progressing out of the pre-competitive program or who have the experience and ability required for this group. Swimmers at this level will be introduced to the basic skills of competitive swimming which includes the four different strokes, starts, and turns. The emphasis will be on providing a fun and relaxed environment that will encourage swimmers to move on in the sport. These athletes will have the opportunity to compete at regional competitions.

LENGTH OF SEASON    from September 6th to June or until final competition

TRAINING BREAK         2-weeks off at Christmas + 1 week off at March break

EQUIPMENT                 Please see Training Equipment section