Bronze Program 2019-2020


Program Description


Bronze is the Upper Canada Swim Club’s first level of competitive swimming. Swimmers in this group may have graduated from the Junior Otters group or may be entering having gained a sufficient level of skill in a different program or from their own experience. Swimmers are assessed by one of our coaches before joining to ensure the level is right for their stage of development.

In Bronze, swimmers learn to swim all four competitive strokes, freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly, and begin working on flip turns and starts. This level is very exciting for young swimmers as they begin going to real swim meets, although attendance at meets is not required.

The time commitment for Bronze is 4.5 hours per week which includes 3 hours of pool time and 1.5 hours of dry land practice. Dry land is done on the pool deck and includes dynamic stretching, balance exercises, and other activities that teach physical literacy as well as improve strength and flexibility.

Bronze Swimmers have a choice of participating in either the A group or the B group which differs only in practice times and days. Please see below for further details.

Please note that the Brockville and Area YMCA requires that all swimmers in the Bronze program are full YMCA members in order to access the facility. Memberships in the YMCA can be purchased at the front desk of the YMCA.


Competition Requirements: Local developmental meets, approximately one per month

Equipment Requirements: Fins, Bathing Cap, Goggles, Pull Buoy

Hours per week: 4.5

Weeks per session: Annual 

*Swimmers must be YMCA members


Fees and Commitments

The Bronze level is considered to be a competitive program within the Upper Canada Swim Club. Families in competitive programs generally have four major types of commitments as members: Governing Body Fee, Membership Fee, Volunteer Points, Swim a Thon and Meets.


The swim season is starts in September and goes until June.  We accept swimmers throughout the year, so long as there is space in the pool.  Fees can be paid either up front for the entire season or by month. In all cases, swimmers must register online and at that time they will pay the Governing Body Fee, which depends on the age of the swimmer.  Billing for all plans then starts on October 1. More information on membership fees can be found here.


Governing Body Fee:

This is a single time fee which is paid to Swim Ontario and Swim Canada at the time in the season when the swimmer joins.  It covers club insurance for the swimmer and is based on the swimmers age as of December 31st, 2019.  The table belows shows this fee.


Group Fee
Competitive - Age 8 and U $121.40
Competitive - Age 9 - 10 $141.40
Competitive - Age 11-14 $161.40
Competitive - Age 15 and O $181.40


Membership Fee:

Payment Plan 1st Swimmer 2nd Swimmer 3rd Swimmer 4th Swimmer 5th Swimmer
Annual $776.25 $698.63 $621.00 $543.38 $0.00
Monthly $86.25 $77.63 $69.00 $60.38 $0.00




Volunteer Service Points

Each family with one or more swimmers in a competitive program (Bronze through National) is required to earn 10 volunteer points by June 30 of each swim season. Alternatively, families choosing not to perform volunteer jobs can 'buy out' their obligation at the time of registration for $200. Any points that aren't earned will be billed at a rate of $20 per point on July 1. More information on volunteer points can be found here.



Swim a Thon

Swim a thon is the major fundraiser for the Club and occurs in March of each year. Swimmers are asked to collect pledges beginning in January or February and the program culminates in each swimmer completing a distance swim. Every swimmer in a competitive program agrees to raise a minimum of $250 for Swim a Thon, with any amount not raised being billed to accounts on May 1. 



Meet Fees

As a competitive program, Bronze swimmers are given the opportunity to compete in swim meets each year, which are mostly held locally. Because these are hosted by other Clubs, there are entry fees associated with participation usually amounting to about $10 per event plus a $20 fee to cover coach expenses per meet, per swimmer. Swimmers will generally enter about 6 events per meet. These fees are billed to accounts throughout the year as they occur.



Regular Practice Schedule


Group A: Monday, Wednesday and Friday (both Groups together)

Group B: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (both Groups together) 

Day Swim Time  Dry Land 
Monday           Group A 4:50 - 5:50 p.m 4:20 - 4:50 p.m
Tuesday          Group B 3:20 - 4:20p.m 4:30 - 5:00 p.m
Wednesday      Group A 4:50 - 5:50 p.m 4:20 - 4:50 p.m
Thursday         Group B 3:20 - 4:20p.m 4:30 - 5:00 p.m
Friday      Group A & B 5:30 - 6:30p.m 5:00 - 5:30 p.m