Junior Otters 2019-2020



Program Description


Many young swimmers are excited by the prospect of competitive swimming, but are intimidated by all the skills they see performed by swimmers in those programs. Junior Otters is a pre-competitive program designed to teach beginner swimmers the fundamentals they need to confidently move into the competitive levels of the Upper Canada Swim Club. In Junior Otters, the building blocks of all four competitive strokes are taught, as are somersaults, which later become flip turns, and jumps off the blocks, which later become starts, etc.

In a fun, low pressure environment, children who are between the ages of 6 and 11 and who can make their way down the pool for 25 metres, both on their front and on their back, will learn these basics and be prepared for our next level.

Junior Otters do not attend any swim meets and the only equipment requirements are caps, goggles and fins. We have a fins exchange program to help accommodate those growing feet!

The time commitment for this group is two hours per week for 12 weeks.

Junior Otters can choose to register in either Group A or Group B, which differ only in scheduled swim times. See below for specifics with respect to schedule. It is advantageous to register early to ensure you get your preferred swim time before groups fill up.

Please note that Junior Otters under age 13 can access the pool by purchasing a YMCA swim pass at the front desk of the Brockville and Area YMCA. Junior Otters 13 years of age and up must be full YMCA members to participate.



Competition Requirements: None

Equipment Requirements: Fins, Goggles, Bathing Cap

Hours per Week: 2

Weeks per session: 12

Session Start: 

For the 2019-20 Season the Session Dates are as follows: 

Session 1 - Week of September 16th through the week of December 2nd;

Session 2 - Week of December 9th through the week of March 2nd (no swimming during 1st week of Christmas Break);

Session 3 - Week of March 16th through the week of June 1st. Optional swim meet in Brockville on June 7th 2019.


Governing Body Fee is $52.55 and is a one-time fee for the 2019-20 season.

Fees for One Twelve-Week Session of Junior Otters


Group A:  Mon. & Wed.    5:50-6:50 pm  

Group B:  Tues. & Thurs.  4:20-5:20 pm


Day Swim Time 1 Dry Land 1


Group A   5:50 - 6:50 p.m


Group B   4:20 - 5:20 p.m


Group A   5:50 - 6:50 p.m


Thursday Group B   4:20 - 5:20 p.m  


Please note that there is no difference between Group A and B, choose the timing that works best for your family. Families may also combine one day from each group to best fit their schedule (i.e. Monday & Thursday, or Tuesday & Wednesday). Please contact headcoach@riverotters.ca for details.