The Marlins have added this group in the 2011/2012 season to help promote swimmer advancement through all levels in our competitive program. The NAT PREP GROUP (NP) is designed for swimmer 14 years old (or turning 15 in the season) who are making the transition from age group to senior swimming.

Swimmers in the NAT PREP GROUP are preparing for eventual advancement into the NATIONAL group. The training program is tailored to maintain the same amount of training hours as TAG 2 (13.5 hours of swimming and 3 hours dry-land) as they prepare for the transition and are exposed to a more senior training environment. Weight training is introduced at the NP level and is considered to be an important component of this program. Training at this level becomes more specialized and geared towards individual abilities and goals.  Swimmers will train 7 sessions per week and are expected to be committed to their goals and maintain high attendance. Swimmers must be at least 14 years old while being physically and mentally ready to handle the training program.

Group Objectives and Focus

  • The ability to maintain technique under higher volumes and increased intensity
  • Developing swimmers’ individual strengths through nurturing technical and tactical skills based around specific strokes and distances
  • Training and racing protocols will be refined to meet individual needs Beginning specialization in specific strokes and distances Introduction to weight training
  • Swimmers are trained for peak events Training becomes individualized.


This schedule is subject to change . Times in green denote morning swims.

Mondays Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays * Fridays Saturdays



(swim @ CKRC)


Parent Expectations

All parents are expected to attend the annual general meeting held in June, the mid-year general meeting, normally held in February as well as the parent-coach meetings (dates to be announced).

Parents are also expected to volunteer in various capacities. There are many volunteer opportunities available. For more detailed information regarding volunteering, see the Volunteering section of this website.

Officiating Opportunities

  • Started
  • Meet Management
  • Referee (Senior)
  • Master Official - able to work at national and international meets

Club Involvement Opportunities

  • Committee Chair
  • Board Member
  • Executive Committee of Board
  • Swim Manitoba Board Member
  • Past Club Board Executive

Apparel and Equipment Requirements

Apparel Requirement at Practice

  • Running shoes (no deck shoes)
  • Marlin t-shirt
  • Athletic shorts
  • Goggles
  • Training suit (must be black with green piping or have primarily green pattern)
  • Marlins cap *All swimmers are required to wear a Marlin cap at practice.

Apparel Requirements at Meets

  • Team Attire = any attire which bears the MM logo (i.e. Team sweats, t-shirts, towels, shorts, tracksuits etc.)
  • Running shoes or deck shoes (preferably running shoes)
  • Goggles
  • Racing suit (must be black, green or a combination of both colours). Nothing below the knees for males and females. Nothing above the waist for males. Nothing past the shoulders for females.
  • Marlins cap *All swimmers are required to wear a Marlin cap at meets.

Group Equipment Requirements

  • Arena Tech-Pro fins
  • Pull buoy
  • Finger paddles
  • Kickboard
  • Snorkle (with O2 cap)
  • Paddles (flat yellow Speedo for males, flat red Speedo for females)
  • Water bottle
  • Mesh Bag
  • Drag & Fly resistance trainer (supplied by Club)
  • Swimmers are expected to have their training equipment with them at every practice.
Manitoba Marlins Pre-National and National Group Photo