Full-year competitive training squads group swimmers by age and experience. Swimmers in all training groups work toward improving their fitness and skills with regular practices and competitions.
Listed below are notes regarding each training group’s structure and expectations for athletes in the group. These are some of the things that will be learned throughout the year. A swimmer can indicate a readiness to progress to the next level by displaying the behaviours outlined.
The Brock Niagara Aquatics ‘Bronze’ program is a year-round competitive group that primarily involves swimmers born in 2013 and younger. For the 2023-24 season this group may also welcome older first-time competitive swimmers for a limited 3-month trial coming out of ‘Olympic Way’ depending on available space. After that trial period, older swimmers will join their age-appropriate program.
‘Bronze’ offers 4 practices per week and attend regional level competitions approximately once per month.
The primary objective of ‘Bronze’ is to teach and develop the fundamental skill basics of competitive swimming while also encouraging swimmers to enjoy the excitement of racing. Swimmers in this group are young and they are going to learn how to participate in swim meets.
Top performers within the ‘Bronze’ program will progress through the Regional level to the Swim Ontario Festivals competition level.
The Brock Niagara Aquatics ‘Silver’ program is a year-round competitive group for swimmers born in 2011 and 2012.
‘Silver’ offers 5 practices per week and swimmers will attend regional competitions and progress to provincial level competitions as their skills and performance improve. Opportunities to participate in Team Travel meets may be made available to swimmers in this group depending on whether a swimmer meets the time standard for participation.
‘Silver’ will be a group focused on perfecting basic competitive swimming skills and developing training and racing habits. It is this program’s aim to inspire the ‘Silver’ group swimmers to want to improve their swimming and progress with our program. The ‘Silver’ program will introduce a weekday morning practice on Wednesday mornings. Training on weekday mornings is a reality of higher-level swimming so the aim is to introduce that practice at this level.
Top performers in the ‘Silver’ program will progress through the Regional level to the Swim Ontario Festivals competition level and be prepared to progress to the Ontario Youth-Junior Swimming Championships (OYJ) and Ontario Swimming Championships (OSC) levels.
The Brock Niagara Aquatics ‘Gold’ program is a year-round competitive group for swimmers born in 2009 and 2010. This is an exciting age group to work with as swimmers can harness their skills and improve rapidly.
‘Gold’ will offer 6 water practices a week and we will encourage all participants in this program to sign up for the Brock Sports Performance APP program to properly introduce dryland fundamentals to these emerging swimmers.
Most swimmers in ‘Gold’ should be well versed in swim meet competition and be focused on building on strong fundamental skills to learn more advanced skills aimed at elevating their competitive swimming performance level. Opportunities to participate in Team Travel meets may be made available to swimmers in this group depending on whether a swimmer meets the time standard for participation.
Top performers in the ‘Gold’ program will progress through the Regional level, through to Ontario Youth-Junior Swimming Championships (OYJ) and Ontario Swimming Championships (OSC) levels and even to the Eastern Canadian Championship and Canadian Junior Championships (CJC) levels.
The Brock Niagara Aquatics ‘Senior’ program is a year-round competitive group for swimmers born 2008 and older that wish to continue to participate in competitive swimming but may also have extra-curricular interests away from the pool.
‘Senior’ will offer 6 practices per week, participation in the Brock Sports Performance APP program is optional but encouraged as a great way to learn and develop proper dryland fundamentals.
‘Senior’ swimmers will be offered the opportunity to participate in swim meets in-line with their commitment and performance levels. The ‘Senior’ group will aim to continue to teach skills, develop training capacity, while offering a focus on fun, fitness, and friendships.
Top performers in the ‘Senior’ program can range from Regional level performers to the Provincial level and potentially beyond.
The Brock Niagara Aquatics ‘Diamond’ program is a group focused on harnessing top level personal performance aiming towards high performance level swimming. Registration in the ‘Diamond’ program is available to be applied for, but participation must be approved by the Head Coach.
‘Diamond’ will offer 8 practices per week, most of which will be integrated with the Brock Badgers Varsity swim programs. All swimmers in the ‘Diamond’ program are expected to participate in the Brock Sports Performance APP program. Practice attendance must be a priority for participants in this program.
‘Diamond’ swimmers will participate in regular competitions, will have the opportunity for Team Travel meets, and competitions regionally, provincially, nationally, and in some cases Internationally.
For more information on the Diamond program, please contact Head Coach Dave Ling email@example.com
Some Diamond swimmers may also participate in High Performance programs like the Ontario Swim Academy (OSA) and/or the High Performance Centre – Ontario (HPC-O).
Masters swimming is for adults who wish to swim for any number of reasons…
– For health and fitness
– For friendship and to meet new people or see familiar friends
– For fun and enjoyment of the sport
– To pursue goals in Masters swim meet competition
– To pursue goals in Triathlon
Our Brock Niagara Aquatics ‘Masters’ program will start by offering practices Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays either in morning sessions (6:30-8), mid-day sessions (11:30-1), or evening sessions (Mon/Wed 7-8:30PM and Fri 6-7:30PM).
Our Brock Niagara Aquatics ‘Masters’ programs will primarily be staffed by Brock University student-athletes currently or formerly in the Brock Badgers swim program and will be under the direction of the Brock Niagara Aquatics Head Coach to ensure that we are offering a top quality program with continuity across all sections being offered.