Sessions

Fall registration is now available. Click here.

Please note that online registration is required.

For more information on session fees, payment, assessment and session start date, please go to the Registration Fees and Times page.

 
Fall schedule. Session runs Oct. 9-Dec. 20

2018 Fall Swim Schedule

Group Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Development 5:45-6:00 pm
Warm-up
5:45-6:00 pm
Warm-up
3:15-3:30 pm
Warm-up
6:00-7:00 pm
Swim
6:00-7:00 pm
Swim
3:30-4:30 pm
Swim
Pre-competitive
Competitive
Adult/Masters
7:15-7:30 pm
Warm-up
7:15-7:30 pm
Warm-up
4:30-4:45 pm
Warm-up
7:30-8:30 pm
Swim
7:30-8:30 pm
Swim
4:45-5:45 pm
Swim
Swimmers are only allowed to train for two coached hours per week! Attendance will be taken to ensure swimmers do not exceed this limit. Swimmers may show up for any two of the three sessions available each week.



 

Grouping information

Which session do I register for?
In general, as a minimum requirement, Pisces coaches anticipate that swimmers have completed Red Cross Level 4 or equivalent. Swimmers should feel safe swimming in deep water without the need of flotation devices. Please come on Pay-in-person/Assessment night for an assessment, and the coaches will place the swimmer in either Development, Pre-competitive, or Competitive. Please note that the Pisces Swim Club focuses on learning and improving competitive swim strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly) and other techniques related to competitive swimming.
If the swimmer has not been assessed in the prior swimming session, or was not registered, select the Unassessed swimmer option on the registration page. Coaches will assess the swimmer on Assessment night and we will move the registrant into the appropriate category. The groupings below are for informational purposes only and are subject to change.
Development: Swimmers in the Development group are working towards an introductory knowledge of
competitive swimming. Swimmers in this group come in with a minimum ability of being able to
perform front floats, front glides, back floats and back glides. Ability to swim comfortably in
deep water is not required. Once swimmers can swim in deep water, they may move into Pre-competitive
once approved by the coaches.
The focus for this group is stroke development through teaching. Swimmers will focus on
learning Freestyle and Backstroke while building a foundation for competitive swimming (lane
etiquette, streamline, flip turns, starting to use the pace clock, dives, underwater kick).
Pre-competitive: Some swimmers in the Pre-competitive group are working toward an introductory knowledge
of competitive swimming and some are working toward entering the Competitive group.
Swimmers in this group must be able to comfortably swim in deep water for 25m, repeatedly
without holding onto a wall or lane rope.
The focus for this group is stroke development through teaching. Swimmers will build a strong
foundation which will help them progress into the Competitive group. This group is split into 3
colours, rather than Junior/Intermediate/Senior to avoid a negative progression assumption.
Competitive: Swimmers in the Competitive group are proficient in 3 strokes with only minor issues
(regarding coordination and timing) in the 4th stroke. This group will be a cohesive group that
are working towards competitive skills (speed, endurance, stroke fine tuning, turns, starts, etc).
The swimmers will be moved around based on speed in order to maximize swimmer
experience within a lane.
Each swimmer will have individual goals as stroke ability may vary. The practices will be
group-based and will be conducted by all coaches. This group will be coached as one unit,
with attention to individual needs regarding stroke development. This group will vary on
distances and pace-time use based on swimmer speed.
Lane placement will be fluid. (For example, some swimmers are faster at Freestyle drills, while
some are faster at Breast stroke. Swimmers will move through the lanes based on the speed in
which they swim each stroke.). Ideally, each lane will consist of swimmers of equal speed.
Swimmers have great use of lane etiquette, streamline use, underwater kick and starts/turns.
Further development may be needed in one area for each individual.
A high focus on competition, team spirit and BCSSA stroke guidelines will come into each
practice.
Adult/Masters Here’s an opportunity to get fit, have fun and compete! Coached training for adults to improve strokes and endurance.
Irrespective of the level a swimmer is assigned to, all swimmers are able-and encouraged-to participate in the summer swimming competitions! Assignment to a particular level is based on the athlete’s current needs, and does not reflect the athlete’s potential!