Question: My child doesn't have a lot of swimming experience. Can they still join?
Answer: Definitely! We offer Recreational programs for those with limited exposure to swimming. They'll learn basic land, swimming and artswim skills and have fun doing it. Both our Little AquaGO and AquaGO programs assume no prior formal swim training and follow the AquaGO program from Canada Artistic Swimming. For more information check out our Programs page.
Question: I’m not sure if my child will enjoy artistic swimming. Can they try it out first?
Answer: Of course! We offer periodic FREE lessons in the Fall so your child can try it before signing up. If they love their experience then they can join the program with our online registration. Check out our FREE Trial page for more information.
Question: My child is a strong swimmer. Do they need to start at the AquaGo level?
Answer: If your child already has strong swimming skills they can definitely start in our competitive program. At the beginning of each season we take the first few weeks in September to asses the skills of our athletes and then place them on the appropriate teams for their age group. For more information on the various age groups and their training times check out our Registered Swimmer Information page.
Question: Where do I buy nose plugs?
Answer: Our club sells nose plugs at each practice for $5.00. Contact our Club Manager, Liz Scott, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to purchase nose plugs.
Question: What is AquaGO?
Answer: "AquaGO! is the nation-wide grassroots foundation program for artistic swimming in Canada and is the launching pad for all other programs delivered by Canada Artistic Swimming. This new program reflects the current science behind long-term athlete development (LTAD) in the sport of artistic swimming, thus focusing on developing aquatic literacy as well as providing an introduction to the sport.
Led by certified instructors, the program is designed to meet the needs of children who will find the content fun to learn while participating in a safe and welcoming environment that incorporates a variety of basic physical and athletic skills in and out of the water. Children may use their new acquired skills to advance further in the sport of artistic swimming or may transfer them to other aquatic and land-based activities." (Source: Canada Artistic Swimming)
Question: Artistic swimming seems like a big commitment. Why do they train so much?
Answer: Artistic swimming is the ultimate in team sports! The complexity of above and underwater choreography in various patterns and with exact timing to each other and the music requires a lot of time and practice to perfect. Each team member plays a vital role on the team so it's important that the swimmer and parent commit to the entire training and competition schedule. This may seem overwhelming at first but the benefits and growth the athletes experience over the season make it well worth it! As part of a team your child will learn life skills like commitment, teamwork, determination and time management that can help with school and other areas of life.
As a club, we also focus on aligning our training time with Canada Artistic Swimming’s Long Term Athlete Development model.