Competitive Swimming

Welcome to the Port Moody Aquarians Competitive Summer Swim Club!

PMA has introduced area kids to the love of summer swimming since 1970. We are a competitive swim club run entirely by a volunteer Executive Committee. Our coaches serve as positive role models and leaders while they guide and instruct our swimmers from young beginners to teenage provincial-level competitors and beyond.

Our mission is to capitalize on a community feeling; enabling our swimmers to feel comfortable and supported so they may enjoy being healthy and active while improving their swim skills. With this in mind, we aim to support as many swimmers as we can to achieve the best times, individual and team goals and send a strong group to the Regional and Provincial swim meets.

We recognize that the definition of “fun” changes as swimmers get older and/or improve their skills. We encourage our swimmers to reach their goals and, in recent years, have adjusted the structure of our practices to allow coaches to focus on skill development by organizing our groups with this in mind.

Here is an overview of our swim programs:

Our core swim program – consists of 4 swim groups: (Development, Junior, Intermediate & Senior) 

  • S category swimmers may train and compete for an unrestricted number of hours from May 1st to September 30th
  • Timeline: May – Mid August
  • Cost: $600.00 + 3.95% processing fee

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 in excess of 2 hrs between September 1st to April 30th.

***Organized aquatics includes speed swim, diving, water polo and/or artistic swim***

  • O category (O-Cat) swimmers will join either the Intermediate or Senior group after their Divisional Championships. During this time, they are welcome to join as many of these groups’ practices and meets as they wish.

  • Timeline: End in June – Mid August

  • Cost: $300.00 + $3.95 % processing fee

O category (O-Cat) swimmers will join either the Intermediate or Senior group after their Divisional Championships. During this time, they are welcome to join as many of these groups’ practices and meets as they wish.

May Trial (New Swimmers 12+ years old): Swimmers who participate in organized aquatic activities in excess of 2 hrs between September 1st to April 30th.

***Organized aquatics includes speed swimming, diving, water polo and/or artistic swim***

  • Timeline: Month of May
  • Age: New Swimmers 12+ years old
  • Cost: $250.00 + $3.95 % processing fee

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: Swimmers who participate in organized aquatic activities in excess of 2 hrs between September 1st to April 30th.

***Organized aquatics includes speed swimming, diving, water polo and/or artistic swim***

  • Timeline: May and July
  • Cost: $300.00 + $3.95 % processing fee

The High School 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.

The Mini-Aquarians Program provides a strong start for our youngest swimmers.

  • Timeline: June & July for 8 weeks
  • Cost: $350.00 + 3.95% processing fee

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.