Mini O's Frequently Asked Questions
When is the next session?
The Mini O’s Spring session will run from October 3rd - December 16th, 2022.
When does registration start?
Registration for returning members will start Spetember 9, 2022. Registration for new members will start September 12th, 2022.
When do the sessions normally run?
- Fall - October until December
- Winter - January until March
- Spring - April until June
- Summer - Camps
My swimmer is new to the program - what do I need to do to register?
New swimmers will need to be assessed to determine their placement within the program. We are holding a two-day Rookie Camp on the weekend of August 27-28th for new members. This is a fun way for children to come try out for the team, see what the program is about and be assessed in a group setting. Sign-up for rookie camps will open on Friday, July 29th at 5:00 pm!
To register for Rookie Camp you will need to create an account for yourself on our website. You can do so here! Once you create an account for yourself, you may add your children as members on your account and register them directly on the site. If you have any questions, please contact Kathryn at email@example.com.
What does the Mini O's program look like?
Our Mini O's program accommodates children aged 5-11 years old who have had some basic swimming experience (public/city lessons), but have never been in competitive swimming. In Mini O's, our coaches teach the athletes the fundamentals of competitive swimming, building on their existing skills and teaching them new ones. Our goal is for our athletes to achieve all the required skills in the program and have them join our competitive team!
We have three levels in Mini O's: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. These three levels increase in intensity, time spent in the pool, challenge, and skills learnt. What is great about our program is that it is based on ability, rather than age. This ensures that each child is at the appropriate level based on their skills and can be appropriately challenged. That being said, we often see younger children assessed as Bronze and Silver, whereas older children are typically assessed as Silver or Gold.
Each Mini O's session runs for 20 classes (about 10 weeks, two classes per week) in the fall, winter and spring. We operate out of three pools: Scona Pool, Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre, and Fountain Park Pool.
How much does the program cost?
The fee schedule can be found here. The cost covers the entirety of the session. In addition to the session fee, there is an annual Swim AB registration fee of $29.
When do current swimmers find out their new level?
In classes 16 through 19 swimmers will be skill tested to determine their placement for the upcoming session. Your coach will create a digital report card for them assigning them their level, and you will receive an email with this informaiton as well. You will be sent your report card prior to the 20th class, which is your last lesson. If you have any questions about your report card, you will be able to ask your coach in person should you wish.
Do I need to do any volunteering or fundraising for the Mini O's program?
No volunteering or fundraising is required.
Are there any competitions at the Mini O's level?
No. Mini O’s is used as a pre-competitive program used to build skills and confidence in the swimmers prior to competitions.
What is the ratio of swimmers to coaches?
The group sizes are as follows:
- Bronze - four swimmers, one coach
- Silver - six swimmers, one coach
- Gold - eight swimmers, one coach
Is there a minimum age or skill level required to join?
We require your child to be 5 years old or turning 5 at the beginning of the session. Bronze swimmers must be able to swim 15m without the use of an aide (lifejacket, kickboard, etc.). The skills checklists can be found here.
How can we receive information about upcoming sessions/assessments/registrations?
We have an email list! Please email Kathryn at firstname.lastname@example.org and request to be added to the mailing list. This way you will not miss out on any club-related information!