(Bull, Tiger, Hammerhead Sharks)
Girls 6 - 8 years, Boys 6 - 9 years
Swim 2x practices per week for 45 minutes
Three 9 - 12 week sessions available through year - Starting in September
The Junior Jet Program registers and insures members with SwimBC as Non-Competitive swimmers. There are three groups within the program (Tiger, Bull & Hammerhead Sharks) and offer two local area Jamboree events per session, giving swimmers the opportunity to be introduced to racing when they are ready! FUNdamentals: The focus in this group is to introduce and teach the foundational swimming skills on all competitive strokes, starts and turns. Skills are taught and learned through repetition and exploration. 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 the sport. Athletes are encouraged to participate in a swimming Jamboree 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 4x practices per week for 1 hour
The Blue Jets Program 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 fine tuned. Swimmers learn skills and body awareness through repetition and critical thinking. Swimmers at this level are introduced to basic training principles, including lane etiquette and pace clocks. The concepts of self-confidence, fair play and teamwork continue to be taught. A positive attitude towards self, teammates and competitors is fostered. Athletes are encouraged to participate in Jamboree events and Regional competitions. At this level rewards are based on broad swimming skill development as well as personal best times. Participation in 2-3 other sport activities throughout the year is encouraged.
Red Jets (Red & Red Provincial
Girls 10 & up, Boys 11 & up
Red Jets - 5x practices per week for 1.5 hours
Red Provincial - 6x practices per week for 1.5 hours
In the Red Program swimmers have the opportunity to be invited and commit to a Provincial 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 improve stroke efficiency and reliability on all four strokes. Repetition of specific skill movement is important as swimmers grow and develop. Swimmers are challenged both physically and mentally, and the intensity during practices 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, consistent effort, and fast swimming. Swimmers are expected to compete. Participation in 1-2 other sport activities throughout the year is encouraged.
Gold Jets (Gold National, Gold & Gold Fitness
Girls 13 & up, Boys 14 & up
Gold National - 8x practices per week for 1.5 - 2 hours
Gold - 6x practices per week for 1.5 - 2 hours
Gold Fitness - 3x practices per week for 1 hour
In the Gold Program swimmers have the opportunity to swim one of the three groups. Gold Fitness swimmers can choose to register Competitive or Non-Competitive. Should a swimmer wish to be invited and commit to the National group they must first express interest to the coach. Training to Compete, Training to Win, Active for Life: Gold Jets groups will focus on helping each swimmer work towards achieving team and individual goals throughout the season. Competitive swimmers are expected to develop improved individual performances through stroke reliability and self awareness. Swimmers practice and train to maintain efficiency and reliability under fatigue and pressure in training and racing environments. Technical, tactical and mental skills are taught. Recovery methods are used to maximize training principles. Effective competition strategies are used for each individual. Goal setting, imagery and other mental skills are used in training and competition. Athletes will compete at the highest possible level of competition throughout the season. Athletes will be expected to be positive and active leaders within the club and community.