Our core swim program – consists of 4 swim groups: (Development, Junior, Intermediate & Senior)
Development: Swimmers in the development group have minimal or no competitive skills or experience but can swim one length (25 meters) of the pool unassisted. The emphasis in the Development group is on stroke improvement. Swimmers also learn about being part of a team, the fundamentals of competitive swimming and have the opportunity to participate in swim meets. The region will host a couple of “Development Only” swim meets, however, these swimmers are welcome to all swim meets.
All Development swimmers will be assessed by our Head Coach and Swim Director in late March or early April. Details will be provided closer to the start of the season.
Practices for this group are generally scheduled for 4 to 5 times per week.
Junior: 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 weekend 2 day meets.
Practices for this group are generally scheduled for 5 to 6 times per week.
Intermediate/Senior: Swimmers in these groups have more competitive swimming skills and experience. The emphasis shifts more toward training and stroke correction. Some older swimmers with less competitive swimming experience may also be placed in this group.
Practices for this group are generally scheduled for 5 to 7 times per week.
O Category Swimmers: Swimmers who participate in organized aquatic activities over 2 hrs between September 1st to April 30th.
***Organized aquatics includes speed swimming, diving, water polo and/or artistic swimming ***
Alumni PMA swimmers in the O category (O-Cat) will join either the Intermediate or Senior group and are welcome to join as many of these groups’ practices as they can. O-Cat swimmers, like other PMA programs, are invited to join any social event and are welcome to attend the Red vs Black Meet, the Dual Meet and the Golden Spike Meet. If they wish to participate in other additional meets they will be responsible for the meet fees.
May Trial (New Swimmers 12+ years old):
Not sure your child will enjoy a summer swim club? This program is available to try out the Competitive Swimming – S category program for the first 4 weeks of May.
Swimmer must be 12+ years old. They will receive the same professional coaching and practices as regular members.
All potential May Trial swimmers will be assessed by our Head Coach and Swim Director in late March or early April. Details will be provided closer to the start of the season.
At the end of the month, your trial can be converted to a full membership with your Trial Program fees applied to your upgraded registration. To avoid missed practices, be sure to notify the Registrar before the end of the trial.
High School Fit:
The High School Fit (HS Fit) program is for PMA swimmers who do not want to swim in meets but would still like to be involved with the club, stay fit and have fun!
Swimmers must be 14 years old by the end of the corresponding swim season year (December 31st) and may attend up to 3 practices per week with the Senior group. HS fit swimmers, like other PMA programs, are invited to join any social event and are encouraged to attend the Red v. Black meet, the Dual Meet, our home Golden Spike Meet. Additional meets, if you decide to participate, will have extra fees.
The Mini-Aquarians Program provides a strong start for our youngest swimmers.
Swimmers must be 5 years old by the end of the corresponding swim season year (December 31st), have completed Preschool 3 (Sunfish) or Swim for Life Orca, be comfortable in the water and able to follow directions.
All potential Mini Aquarians will be assessed by our Head Coach and Swim Director in late March or early April. Details will be provided closer to the start of the season.
Practices for this group are 3x per week for 1 hr.
These swimmers are invited to attend the PMA Golden Spike meet and swim our Turtle Race. Swimmers may also be invited to participate in development swim meets.
The PMA Masters Swim Program is for S category swimmers who are 20+ years of age or O category swimmers who are 17+ years of age who are swimming for fitness, competition or to complement other training and want to receive valuable feedback from coaches. Masters may attend up to 3 practices per week within the provided practice schedule.