Depending on your swimmer's skill level, one of the following groups will be deemed most suitable for him or her. If you're new to the club and require a swim assessment please contact our Head Coach for additional questions!



AGE (yrs)

LTAD Stage




Mini Dolphins

5 - 8

Active Start/FUNdamental

1 x 45min/week for 10-12 weeks

15 min preswim


Description: The Winskill Dolphins Swim Club offer this program focused on Canada’s Long-Term Athlete Development Model FUNdamentals and Active Start! It emphasizes the need to teach young children basic athletic skills as a foundation to lifelong sport participation – both in and out of the water! Note: this is a survey and introduction class, not formal lessons. For 45 minutes your child will learn and practice floating, kicking, breathing, and rotation skills. We strive to create a level of comfort in and around the water for all children

Junior Dolphins Blue (JDB)

6 - 9


2 x 45min/week

15 min preswim

WDSC Home Meet

Description: Our entry level novice group - the Junior Dolphins program is a great place for young swimmers to learn swimming and get introduced to competitive strokes starting with coordination, body awareness, the four swim strokes, and other basic competitive skills. A fun team environment with no emphasis placed on performance! We emphasize the social aspect of swimming with games and teamwork activities. Junior Dolphins experience racing at intraclub ’Mini Meets’ where they get to know each other and the older swimmers in the club. This is a great time for them to discover the joys of swimming while being involved in an organized sport. Interested in swimming during the Summer? Junior Dolphins runs September to April but we also have Summer Camps for members and non-members that run May, June, and July!

Junior Dolphins Gold (JDG)

6 - 10


3 x 1hr/week

15 min preswim

WDSC Home Meet + PASS Meets

Description: Junior Dolphins Gold builds upon the skills established in Junior Dolphins Blue with swimmers committing to slightly more water time and learning to maintain the fundamentals for longer distances of swimming. We broaden the curriculum to include the refinement of medley swimming (all four strokes), legal turns, dive starts plus basic understanding of coaches’ terminology and use of the pace clock. JDG swimmers are encouraged to attend all 5 PASS meets in the season as well as the WDSC home meet in January.

Age Group Blue (AGB)

8 - 11

Learn to Train

5 x 1-1.5hr/week

15-30min preswim

1x meet/month (mostly LMR*)

Description: Age Group Blue swimmers begin to fine tune their technique for all four strokes while also learning how to apply what they learn in a competition, aiming to swim the 200m Individual Medley in less than 4 minutes. This qualifies them for the *LMR (Lower Mainland Regional) level swim meets. Extra emphasis is put on how to read sets and intervals, use the pace clock, swimming in a lane with many other athletes, and gradually exposing them to longer durations of training. These swimmers practice 4-5 times per week and participate in at least one swim meet each month aiming to qualify for Tier I Provincial Championships. Our expectation for these swimmers is that they are able to attend a minimum number of workouts, while also participating actively in other sports.

Age Group Gold (AGG)

9 - 13

Learn to Train

6 x 1.5hr/week

15-30 min preswim + 1hr/week gymnastics

1x meet/month (mostly LMR*)

Description: Age Group Gold builds and expands on the skills established in AG Blue. These swimmers are medley focused and LMR qualified with advanced skills in all four strokes, though they might need extra work on one or two strokes. There is higher exposure to longer events such as 200m free/back/breast/fly and 400Free/IM. This group works to qualify for Provincial Championships (Tier I & Tier II) and is learning how to train hard and use their technical skills to swim fast. Swimmers begin to cross train once a week with Delta Gymnastics and commit to more time in the water including early mornings.


10 - 16

Train to Train

7 x 1.5 hr/week

30min preswim + 1hr/week gymnastics + 1hr/week MMA

1-2x meet/month + occasional travel meets + domestic Provincial Championships

Description: Provincial group athletes begin to train for fitness while still focusing on the medley – all four strokes - they expand to more frequently include the 200m stroke events, the 400m individual medley and the distance (400m, 800m and 1500m) freestyle events. Openwater options can be explored in the summer as well. As they improve they begin to work their way towards their Tier I & Tier II Provincial Championship qualifying times. Our expectations of these swimmers are that they are able to attend all workouts, though they may also be participating in one other sport. Their roles in the club will also start to become that of a leader on top of a valuable member.

National (NAT)

13 & Over

Train to Compete/Train to Win

8 x 1.5-2 hr/week

15 min preswim + 2x/week weights

1-2x meet/month + travel meets (provincial, national levels)

Description: Our top training group - the National group - consists of swimmers who have Senior Open, Western Canadian, Canadian Junior Championship, and/or Canadian Senior National (Olympic Trials) qualifying times. These swimmers are now training to compete with their weekly, monthly and seasonal cycles preparing them for specific meets at the National or Junior International level. They must be committed to swimming at this point as their training is extensive and varied and follow the program as it is laid out by the Head Coach.

Conditioning & Technique

10 - 16

Active for Life

3 x 1 hr/week

15 min preswim

Optional: WDSC Home Meet

Description: Conditioning and Technique is designed for those who wish to pursue competitive swimming or swimming for health reasons while also managing other time commitments. This group is our 'Active for Life' initiative, we believe that swimming is a sport that has benefits for all. Swimmers are encouraged to attend one competition - our WDSC home meet. A great introduction to swim club for teenage athletes, it can also be used as a cross-training for other sports and as a way to keep fit and meet other members of the community