The Otters Group (OG) is designed to increase motivation, enhance swimming technique, and intensify training for the 20 selected “10 & under” swimmers from the West Vancouver Otters Swim Club.

Desired Outcomes

  • 100% of participants qualified for LMR level competition (under 4:00 in 200 IM) within 1 year of enrollment with the OG group.
  • Strong fundamental swim skills that can be built upon in subsequent groups.
  • The beginning of a long and fruitful career with the Otters Swim Club.


  • 20 selected “10 & under” swimmers from the entire club.
  • 4 training sessions per week; 5 hours of swim training per week and 2 hours of dryland training per week.
  • OG members will compete at competitions appropriate for their level.


  • Regular season – September 2022 to June 2023 Schedule:






5:00-5:30 pm Dryland

3:30-5:00 pm Swim

6:00-6:30 pm Dryland

8:00-9:00 am Swim

5:30-7:00 pm Swim

5:00-6:00 pm Dryland

6:30-7:30 pm Swim



  • Summer season
    • OSA level swimmers – 2023 Summer Program from July 2023 to August 2023 – schedule TBC
    • LMR + level swimmers – 2023 July Training Camp in July 2023 – schedule TBC

Selection Criteria

  • All swimmers must be aged 10 or under by December 31, 2022
  • Swimmers will be selected by Coach Norman based on age and skill of swimmer.
    • Coach Norman will have full discretion on swimmer selection.
  • Swimmer families must sign the below agreement.

Group progression

  • All group progressions are at the discretion of Coach Norman
  • Swimmers from the OG group will have 3 group move options:
    1. Swimmers qualifying for under 4:00 in the 200 IM may be asked to move to LMR Gold.
    2. Swimmers qualifying for Divisional Standards or Provincial standards may be asked to move to AA Group or Provincial Group.
    3. Swimmers that are 11 & over as of December 31, 2023 will have alternative group options before the commencement of the 2023-2024 season.