The Garden City Aquatic Club (GCAC) offers a non-competitive component for those athletes who are new to the swimming world. Some of these athletes are recreational and simply enjoy the activity of swimming, and some may consider exploring the competitive aspect of the sport in the future.
The main focus of our novice program is to teach the skills needed to swim efficiently through the water regardless of their individual long term swimming goals. This program is designed for ages 5 to 12yrs.
Please note that swimming with GCAC in any form (as competitive or non-competive), will classify your
swimmer as "exhibition" in the Niagara Regional Summer Swim League.
All Aqua Club members are required to purchase a Non-Competitive Swim Ontario Membership. This one-time yearly fee is mandatory for insurance purposes, and also allows entry into one Swim Ontario developmental meet per year. Aqua Club members will swim combined with the younger competitive swimmers, as all athletes will share the same level-specific training based on their age and ability. Should our novice athletes reconsider their non-competitive status, a small registration fee can be paid to upgrade. Once a novice swimmer upgrades and becomes a full-fledged competitive member of Swim Ontario, they cannot reverse their status.
Aqua Club Levels
This novice group is our entry level for beginners, ranging in age from 5 to 8yrs. Major emphasis is placed on stroke + kicking techniques and the fundamentals of all four competitive strokes are taught. These Aqua Club members are offered one-hour practices three times per week; they may register for as many as they like!
This is the second level of our novice program. These swimmers continue to focus on stroke fundamentals and are introduced to racing techniques. This group ranges in age from 8 to 11yrs. These Aqua Club members are offered one-hour practices five times per week and are encouraged register for as many as they would like!
This is the third level of our recreational programming. These swimmers continue to focus on stroke refinement and are introduced to advanced racing techniques. This group is intended for swimmers 13 to 18. These Aqua Club members are offered drop in swim practices twice per month, 1.5 hr practice on Friday evenings and 2 hr practice on Saturday mornings. Limited space available, remember to RSVP to Diane, our Team Coordinator!