1. What is the Pirates Swim club?
The Pirates is a parent-run summer swim club based out of the Brennan Park Leisure Centre in Squamish, BC. It is a club that aims to develop a love for swimming, competition and lifelong friendship.
Parents should note that the swim club is a competitive club and should not be considered swim lessons. The goals of the swim club are different and each swimmer has different goals as determined with the coaches.
Our goal is to augment our summer swimmers therefore, if you join us during the winter maintenance season we anticipate that you will be continuing through the summer competitive season.
2. What are the swim seasons?
Summer Swim season: This competitive season runs from May to the early August (usually the first long weekend). Swimmers have the option to attend several swim meets and Regionals held the first weekend in August. Some swimmers mmay also qualify to attend Provincials later in August.
Summer Practices: Practice frequency increases during the summer season with an emphasis on stroke refinement, speed training and race technique. Schedules will be posted on the site, and on the bulletin board at Brenna Park. These sessions are specially designed for each ability level in a supportive and encouraging environment. There are two group levels:
- Group 1: Swimmers who have not yet participated in a summer competitive season, and developing swimmers. This includes all new Pirates and those who currently practice in the early group during fall/winter.
- Group 2 and 3: Experienced competitive summer swimmers. This includes those currently practicing in the late group during fall/winter.
The Head Coach assesses swimmers the first week of May to determine if there are any adjustments between the groups.
Meets: All Pirates have the opportunity to participate in BC Summer Swim Association meets in the Lower Mainland. Swimmers can attend as many or as few meets they choose.
Sign up sheets are posted on the bulleting board in advance of each meet. This year (2012), the Pirates are pleased to cover the race entry fees. Please note that swimmers who have signed up and later do not attend will be requested to reimburse the Club for fees paid on their behalf.
Fall and Winter season (also called Maintenance): This season is non-competitive and focuses on stroke refinement, fitness and team-building. Swimmers practice one to two times/week. The fall season runs from October to December and winter runs from January to April.
Fall and Winter practices are Tuesday and Thursday evenings:
- New and developing pirates are expected to be on deck for warm up at 4:45pm with swim practice from 5:00pm- 6:00pm.
- Experienced Pirates are expected on deck at 5:45pm for warm up with swim practice from 6:00pm- 7:00pm.
3. When is registration and what are the fees?
Registraion for the fall season is open now. Please click the red registration button to access the registration software.
4. What equipment does my child need?
A swimsuit, goggles, bathing cap and water bottle. Any swimsuit is fine and the club does sell boys jammers and girls bathing suits. Prices range from $25-$80. Caps $5 or $15 (latex or silicon)
Swimsuits/jammers and other supplies can be purchased at Team Aquatic Supplies on Dollarton Avenue in North Vancouver which is your best chance to find goggles and suits to fit all needs.
Check out website: www.team-aquatic.com
Search under Women’s and Mens and ‘training suits’.
Speedo Endurance – super pro back (wider strap)
TYR jammers – like ‘lightyear’
Any of these types of suits will last a while. Our team orders black and red colour combinations since many use them for racing too but get whatever your child likes!
Mention you are with the Pirates and you get 10% off.
5. My child is young, can he/she still join?
Absolutely! If your child can swim 25m or one length of the pool unassisted and/or have completed Swim Kids 4 they cam join Pirates. The focus with young swimmers is to develop their stroke skills and give them confidence in the water. It is important to note that the swim club is not swimming lessons, there are no interim reports or report cards.
6. What are my responsibilities as a ‘Pirate Parent’?
Essentially, we expect you to support your child and the club in the best way you can. This will include volunteering at meets, participating in club events and fundraisers. There are parent meetings each month, as well as team nights where you can find out more about the club and ways to support your swimmer. Visit the registration page for more information and read the Athlete & Parent Guide.