Q: What is the difference between the Sessional Program and the Tiger Shark Program?

A: The Sessional and Tiger Shark Programs provide swimmers with the opportunity to practice twice per week, including dry land training.  The main difference between the programs is that the Sessional Program is designed for swimmers who do not wish to compete in swim meets.  As a result, the Swim Ontario fees are much less (approx. 50% ) than that of the Tiger Shark Group.

Q: Can a swim team member switch from one program to another during the season?

A: Absolutely!  If you decide that you would like to switch to a different program (e.g. Sessional to Tiger Shark) during the season, the registration fees would be adjusted on a prorated basis (based on number of months remaining in the season).  Also, this may require an addition payment to Swim Ontario.

Q: What does the term “Qualifiers” mean on the Swim Meet Schedule?

A: Many of the swim meets that we will be participating in during the season are open to all swimmers.  However, some meets require a swimmer to have achieved a time fast enough to be eligible to compete.  The term “Qualifiers” has been used to identify those meets in the schedule.  If you would like to know what the time standards are for these meets, please refer to the “Time Standards” section of the website under the “Swimming 101” tab.

Q: What the heck is a “pre-requisite” time?

A: If a swimmer qualifies for the Festival/Provincial Championships for a particular swimming event, they have to achieve a “pre-requisite” time in two other events (typically Front Crawl & Individual Medley) as well to be eligible to compete at these meets.

Q: What types of activities are involved in “Dryland Training”?

A: Swimming is a fantastic whole-body sport.  The purpose of “Dryland Training” is to help strengthen the muscles used to move your body through the water.  In addition, the swimmers will perform activities designed to improve muscle coordination, agility, balance and flexibility.  The exercises will be appropriate to the age and skill-level of the athlete performing them.

Q: How do I sign-up for swim meets?

A: Parents can sign their children up to participate in a swim meet on the website.  A notice will go out on the website indicating a specified length of time to sign up for the swim meet.  Once the registration deadline has passed, parents will not be able to sign up for that swim meet.  Swim Meets entries will be completed by the Head Coach.  If you would like your son/daughter to swim a particular event at the meet, please feel free to include the request in the “notes” column of the sign-up form.

Q: What equipment does our child need?

A: Please refer to our “Equipment” section on the website for required items, including a price range for each.  There’s a link to the “Team Aquatic Supplies” website for your convenience.  One of the most effective and important training tools for a swimmer is a set of fins.  Parents are encouraged to purchase a set for their child as soon as possible.

Q: What is a “certified” coach?

A: A “certified” coach is an individual who has completed sport-specific training recognized by the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).


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