Swimmers who are able to swim one length (25 metres) of the pool unassisted are ready to join PMA. We coach swimmers proper technique and give them opportunities to compete.
If your child is not able to swim 25 metres of the pool unassisted, they are encouraged to take community swim lessons and pass Red Cross Swim Kids level 4.
Swimmers will be assessed at the time of registration to determine what group they should be registered in.
We practice at Westhill Pool, near Glenayre and College Park, starting in May.
In late-June the City of Port Moody opens Rocky Point Pool and we then swim at both pools.
Schedules and Group Placements are available mid to late April.
These are the time windows (Monday to Friday) when we usually have our pool time through the season.
Each practice is for 45-90 minutes in the pool, with some additional time before/after for warm up/stretch.
May to mid-June
mid-June to end-June
July to mid-Aug
Exact times and pool depends on group placement and pool availability.
Each swim group will have 3 - 5 afternoon practices plus additional morning/evening practices.
These are the number of practices each group usually has per week - varies from the start to end of season. Swimmers are not required to attend every practice.
Coaches set Group Placements in mid to late April. Swimming skill is the primary consideration, but age and fitness level is also considered.
If your child has past swimming experience, it is helpful to include this on your registration form.
Coaches may request some swimmers attend an evaluation at the start of the season.
This group consists of swimmers 5 & 6 years in age who are not
yet able to swim a length of the pool.
This program is geared towards younger siblings in the club and has a maximum capacity.
Swimmers will be assessed at the time of registration to determine what group they should be registered in.
Coaches will also assess swimmers during the first two weeks of the swim club season and make changes to the group placements if necessary.
Swimmers in the development group have minimal or no
competitive skills or experience but are able to swim a length of
the pool unaided. Emphasis in the development group is on
stroke development but swimmers also learn about the
fundamentals of competitive swimming, develop their flexibility,
participate in Development swim meets, and learn about being
part of a team.
This group is designed for swimmers with some competitive
swimming skills or older swimmers new to competitive swimming. Emphasis is on stroke and skill development.
These swimmers generally compete in the A/B meets.
Intermediate (Red) / Senior (Black)
The swimmers in these groups have more competitive
swimming skills and experience. The emphasis shifts more
towards training and stroke correction. Some older swimmers with less competitive swimming experience may also be placed in this group.
These group placements may change during the season when coaches feel a swimmer would be better suited to a different group.
If your child feels uncomfortable wearing a Speedo, they may wear jammers or swim briefs.
Please do not send your child in swim trunks, they will drag in the water causing your child to tire quickly,
they also cause chaffing. Don’t worry, if all the kids are wearing them nobody will notice if you are.
Originally when BCSSA was formed, almost all summer swim club members practiced in outdoor pools and could
only swim from May to August (due to weather); and DID NOT swim during the winter months. Now, with the
availability of indoor pools, many summer swim clubs can and do swim throughout the winter months. In order to
maintain a level of fairness in competition to those swimmers who DO NOT have access to swimming in the winter,
2 categories were created: Summer (S) and Open Category (O Cat).
To remain in the S category, a swimmer can not participate in coached swimming for more than 2 hours per week from October 1st to April 30th.
There are some exemptions to this rule, such as school swim teams and Red Cross swim lessons. More details can be found in
BCSSA S&O Declaration Form.
Team suits are bulk ordered at the start of April and again during the first week in May.
Exact dates, times and locations for suit sizings and order deadlines can be found on the website's Registration page.
It is highly recommended swimmers try on the suit before placing the order as sizes vary between
different styles and manufacturers. Exchanges for incorrect sizes may not be possible. Payment for team suits is on delivery.
Team Caps are available any time during the season and can also be ordered along with your team suit.
The Head Coach and several executive members will have caps with them during practices and swim meets.
Team Clothing / Personalized Caps
Team Clothing and personalized caps are placed as a group order once or twice during the season. Order forms and instructions will be distributed a few weeks before an order is planned.
For some swimmers, having a team suit is more important than others. The main reason we have team suits and caps is so we look like a team
at competitions. Not just the good looking relay teams, but each of our swimmers will be known as an Aquarian.
It also helps the coaches see our swimmers up on the starting blocks.
If your child plans to attend competitions, both a team suit and cap is customary, and expected, just like in any other organized team sport, and they should not be used at practices. Properly fitted racing suits are tight. Having another, looser suit for practice will be more comfortable, and makes sure the team suit is in the best shape possible for races - and the cap in one piece.
The team suits offered are good quality at a discounted price due to a bulk purchase. Even if you do not plan to go to competitions, these suits last a lot longer than cheaper suits which get saggy when used so much in the chlorine pools.
If a team suit is not possible for your child, then there are acceptable alternatives, which should be made note of by the Coach prior to the competition. These are some guidelines:
All swimmers must wear a team cap in races
All suits used in races must be in our team colors: Black/Red/White
Boys do not wear swim trunks - at practice or at swim meets
They will drag in the water causing your child to tire quickly
Girls do not wear 2 piece suits - at swim meets
Training bikinis are allowed at practice with Coaches approval
Swim Meets are the backbone of any summer swimming
season. They are a chance for swimmers of virtually all abilities
to display the skills and strokes they refine all season in
practices. They are a fun and relatively relaxed opportunity
to compete against other children of the same age and abilities.
There are a number of different swim meets and swim meet formats
that different clubs across BC feature throughout the Summer
A/B Swim Meet
This is the most common form of swim meet in Summer Swimming.
The Port Moody Aquarians will attend A/B swim meets in Coquitlam,
Burnaby, Port Coquitlam, several out of regions meets,
as well as hosting our own A/B Meet. These meets take place
on Saturday and Sunday and they run from early morning to
mid/late afternoon. Swimmers at these meets range from 5
to about 20 years old and are separated into Divisions by
age (Division 1 = youngest to Division 8 = oldest).
Swimmers of many different ability levels are encouraged to participate
in these meets, including new swimmers. However, the ability
to swim at least 2 lengths of at least 2 of the strokes
is often a good guideline for those who are interested in
– Development Meets are geared towards the new and
younger swimmers. There are a few of these meets throughout
the season. The Aquarians will be attending development meets for clubs within our region.
These meets are often held during
the evening on a Friday or Wednesday night. They are open
to those swimmers who do not yet have the ability to swim
2 lengths of the pool, those who are new to competing and
those who do not have the skills in all the strokes. Events
include 25-Meter Races of all 4 strokes, as well as the
option of doing 50-Meter races of their better strokes.
– Every year, towards the end of the swimming season.
The 5 clubs of our region (PMA, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam,
Burnaby and Burnaby Mountain) compete in the Regional Championships.
This serves as the qualifying meet for the Provincial Championships,
as well as the final meet of the season for those that do
not qualify for Provincials. This meet is run as an A/B
Meet, meaning that there are no 25-Meter events. The top
three swimmers in each individual event, and top two teams in relay events qualify for the Provincial
championships in late August.
Swimmers must have legally completed a race (no DQ) in at least one stroke during the season are able to attend this meet.
At the coaches discretion, swimmers who have only competed in a 25m event may be entered in a 50m event at Regionals.
Development swimmers are eligible to attend this meet.
It is not uncommon for PMA to have a Div 1 relay team which includes Development swimmers qualify for Provincials,
so we try to get any who have improved enough during the season to attend this meet.
– At the very end of the season there is the Provincial
Championships meet. This meet features Summer Swimmers from
around the Province who have qualified for the meet within
their individual regions. This meet is 3 days instead of
the usual two, to account for the larger amount of swimmers.
It is held at different venues through BC every year.
At the beginning of the season, we run a mini-swim meet for only our club.
Establish a beginning of the season time for swimmers so that they can see how much they’ve improved over the summer
Introduce swim meets to new swimmers so that they know what to expect at the meets which run through the summer
Give parents a taste of the different jobs that are required to run a swim meet in an informal way, so that they are more comfortable signing up for duties through the season
Give all the kids a chance to swim some races in a fun, noncompetitive format
What to bring...
Team or Black bathing suit. Some swimmers like to bring multiple suits and get changed into a dry suit between races, but time trials is a very quick meet, since only our team is there. Kids are usually in the water about every 20 minutes, so there isn’t really a need to change into a dry suit
Lots of towels. Try to bring at least 4, so that swimmers have a dry towel after each race
Goggles and swim cap
Flip flops and warm clothes to pull on between races. Lots of kids pull on a t-shirt and then fleece sweatshirt and bottoms between races. Even if it's warm out that night, a t-shirt is a good idea to reduce the risk of sunburn
What to expect...
Swimmers will be grouped together by age and ability level. The events will be listed on the wall by the showers
One at a time, each event will be announced over the loud speakers and swimmers will be asked to go to the "Clerk of the Course". This is the area where they will be asked to sit on some benches with the other swimmers that they will be racing with
The Marshall and Clerk will organize the kids and check to make sure that they have goggles
When it is their turn to race, swimmers will go to the timers for the lane that they have been assigned. The timer will double check that their name is correct, help them put their towels in the basket behind the chairs and help them get in position to start
Some new swimmers will be swimming one length of the pool, so they will then walk around to the change room side of the pool and get ready
The starter will tell them to “take their marks” and fire the electronic starter which will beep
After their race, the swimmers must go and see their coaches for a quick debrief and then you can shower them with praise over their outstanding efforts!
Swim meets are fun, great exercise, and help build confidence!
The swimmers get to race, cheer their teammates on, and play games in between events.
Children are grouped with other swimmers who are of similar ability, which allows for a positive swim experience.
Competitions allow swimmers to achieve their personal bests and measure how much they have improved.
We encourage swimmers to compare to their last best time rather than to other swimmers.
It is highly encouraged for swimmers to attend both days of a swim meet. Even though they compete individually, it is at the swim meets where we come together as a Team - hanging out playing games between races and cheering each other on.
The coaches also want to ensure swimmers have the opportunity to race each of the strokes throughout the season - which is more difficult to do when only attending one day.
If you have conflicts which prevent you from attending both days or a full day, discuss with your coach about attending only one day or other options that may be available.
Yes. Swim meets are run by parents so each parent is expected to sign up for a volunteer shift at the swim meets your child is competing in. You are there anyway so you may as well help out. The volunteer shifts are usually short (2 hours or so). If you have further questions about this, please ask.
At our home meet at the end of June/early July, the volunteer help needed is much greater than at any other meet all season. We will be asking all parents to come and help out - even if your child will not be competing. Shifts will be assigned if there are not enough people signing up ahead of time.
At every swim meet PMA is designated a lane or two at specific times to warm up in.
The warm up times are usually between 6:15 and 7:30 am each morning of the meet.
Each group of swimmers will be assigned a time to warm up and those times will be emailed to swimmers signed up for the meet.
The most important reason to attend warm ups it that no two pools are set up the same way. They may seem to look alike,
but there are many differences. The starting blocks will be different. Some will be higher than others, some will have less traction than
others and some may not allow a swimmer to place their hands in the same position as other blocks.
The walls of the pool will be different as well. A common complaint is "the walls are slippery".
The clarity of the water also seems to change from pool to pool.
Children often come out of the pool and claim that they couldn't see the walls very well.
The backstroke flags at each pool have the potential to be different.
The swimmers will not be aware of any of those things that have the potential to change their races dramatically if they do not get in their warm ups. Warm ups are used more for familiarizing yourself with the pool than actually preparing your muscles for the race.
This is also when the coaches take a head count, start preparing for relays as well as have a few minutes to
talk to each of them before the racing starts.
They are also required to scratch no-shows during warm ups to make room for deck entries into those heats.
We don't plan the warm up times to be so early to be mean.
It is in the best interest of your swimmer(s) to make it to the warm ups at each meet.
It will only help their swims.
The BCSSA (BC Summer Swimming Association) offers access to Hy-Tek's Team Stats Online. Through this system you can access individual swimmers times for the season as well as provincial and
regional rankings. Instructions for using the information you will find using this link are below:
BCSSA Hy-Tek Results
For individual swimmer times follow these steps:
Click on the ATHLETES box second from left
Choose the first letter of the last name.
Choose Female or Male check box
There may be more than one page of any letter and you may have to use the "Go to page" dropdown at the far right.
Click on the blue highlighted "Times" link on the left
From the "Course" drop down menu on the left just above all the even boxes choose SCM for Short Course (25) Metres
Choose an event and the times for this season will appear
You can choose to show 1,2,...5 fastest times for each event, or all times for the season
For Provincial or Regional Rankings
Choose RANK box, third from left
From "Course" drop down menu choose SCM for Short Course (25) Metres
From "Division" drop down menu pick the Division
For Provincial Rankings do not choose anything in the "Region" drop down menu. For Regional Rankings choose Simon Fraser Region
Choose Female or Male check box
Choose the event and a the rankings will appear. You may have to scroll through pages using the "Go to page" drop down menu on the far right.
The division you compete in is based on your age at the start of the season.
You can look these up in the
BCSSA Swimming Age Locator
available from the BCSSA each year.
If you can swim a length of the pool then you're ready for summer swimming and all the experiences that come with it. Swimming isn't
just a great physical activity, it's also full of social experiences, team building and the development of life skills. Each swimmer
will practice with kids from the area and if they choose to try racing they will compete against, and in many cases, become lifelong
friends with other kids from throughout the province.
Summer swimming fits perfectly into the lives of families with school aged kids because it runs from May until the middle of August.
During those 4 months swimmers become team members and are assigned to a training group that is matched to their skill level. During
the summer, swimmers and coaches in each group are together for games, social activities, dry land training sessions and of course swimming.
Each coaching team works in conjunction with a head coach and together they are responsible for the development of their individual
swimmers in a multitude of areas including: stroke development and proficiency, cardio vascular fitness and muscle strength, listening
and task completion along with all the other skills that come with becoming better at swimming and being a member of a team.
You'll hear swimmers talk about going to "workout" or "practice", but summer swimming is not all about work. Each practice session starts
with a dry land warm-up session and ends with some on deck stretching and cool down. In between, swimmers are in the pool practicing their
strokes, working on diving and starting, learning to do turns and perfecting being as streamlined and efficient in the water as possible.
All of this is achieved through a planned set of exercises, drills, games and swimming but when you're with a group of kids, coaches, volunteers
and parents it all equates to fun, new friends and lasting memories.
Swimmers will practice for 1 hour to 1.5 hrs at a time anywhere from a couple of times a week while school in in session, up to 5 or more
times a week as age and skill level increases and school lets out for summer break. Practices are in the late afternoon or early evening with
some morning practices all at the outdoor pools in the Port Moody area (Rocky Point and Westhill Pools are used). Along with practices there
are swim meets or competitions. These too are skill and age specific and start with Development meets which are often on an afternoon or early
evening for a few hours and progress to one day meets on the weekend then two days and up to the Procincial Finals in mid August that is spread
over 3 or 4 days. It's key to remember that although this is a team, swimming is an individual sport so being at practice and swim meets can be
flexible and work around family time and vacations.
Swimmers who start with summer swimming have the opportunity to become strong, safe and confident in the water. Summer swimmers have used their
skills to go on and become surfers, lifeguards, water polo players, synchronized swimmers, tri athletes . . . the list goes on and on and if it
involves water then summer swimming makes it more enjoyable and gives participants a skill that is usually far better developed than the other
people participating. Either way summer swimming will increase confidence and success in life and in the water.
Many summer swimmers have also gone on to become more competitive and have received university scholarships, government funding and some have
achieved national and international level standing and represented Canada in the pool or in their sport around the world.
No matter the level of interest in racing or competing now, summer swimming with the Port Moody Aquarians will provide a life time of fun, friends
and practical skills all packed into time spent around the pool in our fabulous outdoor summer months.
Please see the attached links below for specifics on skills and examples of racing and some of the celebrities in the sport of swimming.
Swimming is a highly technical sport that involves intensive
training and meticulous attention to detail. However, the
basics of swimming are quite simple.
To begin there are four different strokes:
Freestyle is the most basic stroke in swimming and is often
the first stroke learned by those beginning the sport. It
involves alternating arm strokes, along with alternating,
up-and-down kicks. For examples of freestyle use the links
Go Swim Freestyle with Kra Lynn Joyce Magnini
and Hayden Tie in 100-meter Freestyle
*There are a number of different Freestyle Races. In summer
swimming we swim the 50-Meter Freestyle (2 Lengths) and
the 100-Meter Freestyle (4 Lengths).
Backstroke is the only swimming stroke done while lying
on your back with your face out of the water. Like freestyle
it involves alternating arm strokes and alternating, up-and-down
kicks. However, the difference is that in Backstroke…you
are on your Back. Here are some useful backstroke clips: Ryan
Lochte: Backstroke Technique Swimming:
Women's 100M Backstroke
*In Summer Swimming the younger swimmers swim 50-Meter Backstroke,
while the older swimmers swim 100-Meter Backstroke.
Breaststroke is often regarded as the most technical of
all the 4 strokes. It is swum much differently that either
Freestyle or Backstroke. Breaststroke involves a sweeping
motion with the hands, rather than a full stroke. However,
the Breaststroke kick, which is done like a frog kick, can
be very powerful. Here are some more clips: Hansen
Takes Breaststroke Final Hansen's stroke
*For breaststroke events, in Summer Swimming the younger
swimmers swim 50-Meter Backstroke, while the older swimmers
swim 100-Meter Backstroke.
While Breaststroke may be the most technically challenging
stroke, Butterfly is usually considered the most physically
demanding of the 4 strokes. It involves simultaneous arm
strokes, as well as up-and-down “dolphin” kicks.
Here is the world’s best swimming the stroke: Beijing
Olympics Swimming 100M Bufferfly Final: Gold Michael Phelps
*In Summer Swimming we swim both the 50-Meter Butterfly
(all ages) and the 100-Meter Butterfly (older swimmers only).
Individual Medley (IM)
The Individual Medley is not a stroke, but a specific event
that involves all 4 of the strokes mentioned above. The
strokes are swum in order starting with Butterfly then Backstroke
then Breaststroke and finishing with Freestyle. Here is
an example: Swimming:
Men's 200M Individual Medley-Final
*In Summer Swimming we swim the 100-Meter IM (younger swimmers
only) and the 200-Meter IM (older swimmers only)