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The Bow Valley Riptides Swim Club offers competitive and non-competitive swim programs for all ages and swimming abilities at Elevation Place in Canmore, Alberta. Our trained and certified coaches will provide all swimmers the chance to achieve their goals and experience personal success.

Questions?  Email info (at) riptides.ca

Swim School 1 (SS1)

A non-competitive eleven week Learn-to-Swim session for ages 5-8 strongly targeting the FUNdamentals of swimming and water safety, encouraging swimmers to enjoy their time in the water, and develop their skills both in and out of the water.

Fees: $300 – includes Swim Alberta insurance

Session times:
Mon & Wed – 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Tues & Thurs – 3:45 pm to 4:45 pm

Fall – Oct 1 – Dec 17 – Mon & Wed  or Oct 2 – Dec 6 – Tue & Thu
Winter – Jan 7 – Mar 20 – Mon & Wed or Jan 8 – Mar 21 – Tue & Thu
Spring – Apr 22 – June 26 – Mon & Wed  or Apr 23 – June 25 – Tue & Thu

Register for Swim School 1 here: Zone 4

 

Swim School 2 (SS2)

A non-competitive eleven week Learn-to-Swim session for ages 6-9.  For swimmers that have already taken one session of swim school, or are entering from Red Cross 3 or higher, but are not ready to move up to Novice 1 quite yet. SS2 will continue to focus on the FUNdamentals of swimming, with full introductions to competitive strokes and skills, including dives, turns and competition skills. The focus will be on short distance, high quality swimming, with fundamental movement literacy dryland work.

Fees: $300 – includes Swim Alberta insurance

Session times:
Mon & Wed – 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm (All sessions)
Tues & Thurs – 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm (Fall & Winter session)
Tues & Thurs – 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm (Spring session)

Fall – Oct 1 – Dec 17 – Mon & Wed  or Oct 2 – Dec 6 – Tue & Thu
Winter – Jan 7 – Mar 20 – Mon & Wed or Jan 8 – Mar 21 – Tue & Thu
Spring – Apr 22 – June 26 – Mon & Wed  or Apr 23 – June 25 – Tue & Thu

Please note that there is no free trial week for swim school as this program fills up every session. There are no parent volunteer requirements for this program.

Register for Swim School 2 here: Zone 4

 

Novice 1 (N1)

Non-competitive and competitive learn-to-swim program for 7-11 yrs. The Novice group will have 15 minutes dryland and 1 hour in the water. Emphasis is placed on skill acquisition and development of all four competitive strokes along with fun in the water in a team environment. Swimmers will set goals and work as a group to develop themselves as swimmers and teammates.  Completion of SS2 is encouraged but not essential. Assessments may be done to determine suitability for the group.

We offer a free week trial for new swimmers in our novice program at any time during the year. Swim for a week, make friends, meet the coaches and see if swim club is for you.

Attendance at swim meets is encouraged but not mandatory.

Choose any 2 or 3 practices: Monday to Friday from 5:00 – 6:15 pm

Swim 2 to 3 times per week for 60 min – 2 to 3 hours/week
Full Season – Sept 24 – June 27
Sessions – Fall: Sept 24 – Dec 20; Winter: Jan 7 – Apr 5; Spring – Apr 8 – Jun 27

$150/month from Sept to June or $500/session

Register for Novice 1 here: Active.com

 

Novice 2 (N2)

Growth of a competitor, swimmers aged 9-12 will continue to refine their swim skills in a fun and competitive team environment. Emphasis is still strongly placed on FUNdamentals and skill acquisition with the development now aimed towards competition outcomes with high quality short distance swimming. Continuing to work individually and as a team towards goals.

Note: Completion of Novice 1 (N1) is mandatory or at coach’s discretion.

Swimmers encouraged to compete in novice competitions in Canmore and Calgary.

Choose any 3-5 practices: Monday to Friday from 3:45 – 5:00 pm

Swim 3 to 5 times per week for 60 min – 3 to 4 hours/week
Full Season – Sept 24 – June 27
Sessions – Sept 24 – Dec 20; Winter: Jan 7 – Apr 5; Spring – Apr 8 – July 12

$180/month from Sept to June or $600/session

Register for Novice 2 here:  Active.com

 

White

Athletes will swim four to five 90 minute sessions in the water. The athletes will show a high level of attitude and effort along with attendance, athletes will continue to work on their strokes and the development of their swimming in a fun and structured environment. Athletes will work to build relationships with their teammates and the team. Athletes in this group will be required to focus on their goals and embrace new challenges at a higher level.  Swim specifics will include:

  • Show a willingness to train and continue to improve within the sport of swimming
  • Attendance at swim meets as specified by the coach
  • Attendance at training camps in line with the individual athlete and coach goals
  • Willingness to work on all strokes and disciplines at competitions at discretion of coaching including detailed race plans, off stroke events, etc.

Monday to Friday from 3:45 – 5:45 pm

Full Season – Sept 24 – June 27
Sessions – Sept 24 – Dec 20; Winter: Jan 7 – Apr 5; Spring – Spring – Apr 8 – July 12

$210/month from Sept to June or $700/session

$100 discount per session for second and third member of family registered

Register for White here:  Active.com

 

Red

Athletes will swim five to six 120 minute sessions in the water and will complete 1 gym session with the Riptides strength coaches to work on specific injury prevention and strength work in a gym environment. The athletes will be held to a high level of accountability within the club with attitude and effort levels along with training attendance. Athletes will be required to keep working towards the next level of grouping and show a commitment to progressing all of their strokes in line with LTAD.  Swim specifics include:

  • Show a willingness to train and continue to improve within the sport of swimming
  • Attendance at swim meets as specified by the coach
  • Attendance at training camps as delivered by the club
  • No self tapering for select meets, tapering at discretion of the Coach
  • Willingness to work on all strokes and disciplines at competitions at discretion of coach including detailed race plans, off stroke events, etc.

Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri – 3:45 to 6:15 pm and Tue, Wed, Fri – 6:00 – 7:45 am

Full Season – Sept 24 – June 27
Sessions – Sept 24 – Dec 20; Winter: Jan 7 – Apr 5; Spring – Apr 8 – July 12

$210/month from Sept to June or $700/session

$100 discount per session for second and third member of family registered

Register for Red here: Active.com

 

Gold

Selection at the Coaches Discretion. Athletes will swim seven 120 minute sessions in the water and will complete two sessions with the Riptides strength coaches to work on specific injury prevention and strength work in a gym environment. Athletes will be held to the highest level of accountability within the club with their attitude, attendance and effort levels in practice. They will be asked to be uncomfortable in training and be put in leadership roles, and keep progressing their strokes in line with their goals, and keep developing towards the overall training and competition goals. Swim Specifics will include:

  • Show a willingness to compete at a high level and strive for future success, Westerns and Junior Nationals and beyond
  • Arrive on time or early for practices prepared to lead and set and example
  • Attendance at Swim Meets as specified by the coach and attendance at National and Provincial Training Camps when achieved
  • Attendance on training camps as delivered by the club
  • No self tapering for select meets, tapering at discretion of the Coach
  • Willingness to work on all strokes a disciplines at competitions at discretion of coach including detailed race plans, off strokes, etc.

Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri – 3:45 to 6:15 pm and Tue, Wed, Fri – 6:00 – 7:45 am

Full Season – Sept 24 – June 27
Sessions – Sept 24 – Dec 20; Winter: Jan 7 – Apr 5; Spring – Apr 8 – July 12

$210/month from Sept to June or $700/session

$100 discount per session for second and third member of family registered

Register for Gold here: Active.com

 

Swim Alberta fees: All swimmers must register with Swim Alberta each year to be covered by insurance. Your insurance is valid from September to August of each year. Swim Alberta fees are not included in the cost of registration.

 

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