Girls 8 & under, Boys 9 & under
Swim 2 practices per week for 45 minutes
Three 9 - 12 week sessions available through year - starting in September
This program registers members with SwimBC as Non-competitive swimmers and will try to offer two local area Jamboree events per session, giving swimmers the opportunity to try racing when they are ready! FUNdamentals: The focus in this group is to teach basic swimming skills, all competitive strokes, starts and turns. Intensity is low and skills are learned through repetition. Participation in 2-3 other sports is encouraged to learn basic movement skills, agility, balance and coordination, in and out of the water. Fun and games are used every practice to help reinforce enjoyment and positive attitudes towards sport. Athletes are encouraged to participate in a swim competition when they are ready, focusing on personal swim development and proper swim technique. Emphasis on swim times and placement are of significantly less importance at this level of competition.
Girls 8 & up, Boys 9 & up
Swim 4 practices per week for 1 hour
The Blue Jets group marks the introduction to our competitive programming. Members in this group are now registered as Competitive with SwimBC, and will pay a higher insurance fee, that is dependent on their age. Learning to Train: The focus of Blue will be to continue to teach and reinforce swimming skills in all four competitive strokes, starts and turns. Skills learned in previous levels are consolidated. Intensity is low and the athlete learns skills through repetition and critical thinking. Swimmers at this level are introduced to training principles, including lane etiquette and pace clocks. Participation in 2-3 other sport activities throughout the year is encouraged. The concepts of self-confidence, perseverance, fair play and teamwork continue to be reinforced. A positive attitude towards self, teammates and competitors is fostered. Athletes are encouraged to participate in Jamboree events and Regional competition. At this level rewards are based on broad swimming skill development as well as personal best times. At this level swimmers start to learn the connection between effort and achievement.
Red Jets & Provincial
Girls 10 & up, Boys 11 & up
Red Jets - 5 practices per week for 1.5 hours
Red Provincial - 6 practices per week 1.5 hours
In the Red Group swimmers have the opportunity to be invited and commit to a Provincial program within the existing group. Red Jets Provincial, will have 1 or more additional practices during the week. To be invited swimmers must first express interest to the coach. Learning to train, Training to Train: The focus of Red is to develop stroke efficiency and reliability on all strokes. Repetition of specific skill movement is important as swimmers grow and develop. Swimmers are challenged mentally as well as physically, and the intensity begins to change and vary. Swimmers at this level should be developing a solid understanding of training principles, and learning the connection between strong skills and fast swimming. Swimmers are expected to compete. Participation in 2-3 other sport activities throughout the year is encouraged.
Gold Jets, National & Fitness
Girls 13 & up, Boys 14 & up
Gold - 6 practices per week for 1.5 - 2 hours
Gold National - 8 practices per week 1.5-2 hours long
Gold Fitness - 2 practices per week 2 hours long
In the Gold Group swimmers can choose Non-competitive (Gold Fitness) or Competitive (Gold or Gold National). Swimmers have the opportunity to be invited and commit to a National program, with an additional 2 practices per week. To be invited swimmers must first express interest to the coach. Training to Compete: Gold Jets will focus on developing competitive performances through increased self awareness and confidence. Stroke reliability excellence is expected. Swimmers prepare themselves to maintain efficiency and reliability under fatigue and pressure in any environment. Technical, tactical and mental skills are taught. Recovery methods are used to maximize training principles. Athletes will compete at the highest possible level of competition throughout the season. Effective competition strategies are individualized. Athletes will be expected to be very positive and active leaders within the club and community. Goal setting, imagery and other mental skills are used in training and competition. Athletes are expected to compete