Nanaimo Riptide Swim Team

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Participation, Fun, Success – the philosophy that works!

CHILDREN LEARN TO SWIM BETTER, FASTER — Developed with Swimming Canada, the organization which develops our Olympic Swim Team, I Can Swim is the most effective learn-to-swim program in Canada. Our program’s content, methods and skilled teachers and coaches ensure children learn to swim faster, learn more skills, and learn more rapidly than in any other program.

I Can Swim FAQs

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Why choose I Can Swim?​​​​​​​

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What makes I Can Swim different from other programs?

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How do I know which I Can Swim program to register in?

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When are the I Can Swim lessons?​​​​​
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5 years + This progressive 3-stage program teaches swimmers 54 important water skills, and focuses on seven major skill progressions: butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke, freestyle, water safety, entries and turns.  Swimmers learn to put together whole skill-sets, one step at a time.  All Nanaimo Riptides I Can Swim programs are at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre.

Stages 1, 2 and 3

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Stage 1  Orientation to Water

Establishes a sound basis for the future acquisition of swimming skills. Children develop the fundamentals of swimming.

Pre-requisites:
●    Minimum 5 years of age
●    Comfortable entering water
●    Able to stand on bottom of wave pool
●    Willing to listen and take directions from coaches

Skills learned:
●    Entry and immersion
●    Buoyancy and floatation
●    Submersion and breath control
●    Movement in the water
●    Propulsion through the water

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Stage 2  Skill Development

Focuses on basic movements and orientation ability needed for swimming strokes, such as arm action, sculling and breathing.

Pre-requisites:
●    Minimum 5 years of age
●    Has Stage 1 or equivalent experience
●    Comfortable kicking on front and back
         ○       25 metres with assistance
         ○       5 metres unassisted
●    Willing to listen and take directions from coaches

Skills learned:
●    Streamlining - propulsion
●    Basic strokes – free, back, intro breaststroke, basic dolphin movement
●    Specific skills – submersion, underwater push-offs, treading water, introduction to diving skills
●    Transition to deep pool

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Stage 3  Skill Improvement

Improves all four strokes.  Focuses on improving reaction/rhythm and increasing endurance.  Also covers more advanced dives and basic turns.  When swimmers finish this stage, they have learned to swim well.

Pre-requisites:
●    Minimum 5 years of age
●    Has Stage 2 or equivalent experience
●    Comfortable swimming in cool, deep pool
●    Able to swim 25 metres unassisted
●    Willing to listen and take directions from coaches

Skills learned:
●    Major focus - breathing and stroke timing
●    Stroke Improvement – free, back, breast, fly
●    Introduction to turn skills
●    Advanced diving skills 
●    Building endurance

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Beyond the lessons.....


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Green  Skill Refinement

Gain knowledge and confidence as a swimmer while enhancing the swimming skills learned in I Can Swim Stages 1 to 3.

Pre-requisites:
●    Minimum 7 years of age
●    Has Stage 3 or equivalent experience
●    Comfortable swimming 50 metres unassisted in cool, deep pool
●    Willing to listen and take directions from coaches

Skills learned:
●    Stroke drills – focus on skill refinement and stroke enhancement
●    Endurance building
●    Goal setting
●    Advanced diving skills

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Blue & Gold  Meet

Once each session the club hosts Blue and Gold night which is a fun team event where swimmers in the I Can Swim program and the Green and Blue groups showcase their swimming.  It is a great way for young swimmers to experience a mini swim meet in the comfort of their home pool.  Swimmers in the Yellow group and above act as officials and big buddies to the participants under the direction of the Assistant Head Coach.

Swimmers meet their coach at their Stage flag on the deck at 4 pm where they are placed with big buddies in heat groups.  It’s a good idea to bring an extra towel (or two) as they will be in and out of the water.  Parents are encouraged to come and cheer on their children.  At the conclusion of the swimming there is food and drink available for a nominal charge. The night ends at 6 pm.

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Weekdays 3pm to 6:30pm from October to June
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