Overview

Barracudas competitive season runs from May until mid-August. We train at Burnaby’s outdoor pools of Central Park, Kensington, MacPherson and Robert Burnaby from May until mid-August. The offers programs for swimmers all abilities from ages 3-18. We also offer an adult Masters program aged 19+.

Training Groups

Red Cross Equivalent:

  • Sea Otter to Highest Level Crocodile

Eligible swims can:

  • Kick for 1 metre assisted
  • Put face in water

Practices:

  • 2 45-minute sessions / week June & July

Barracudas development program (Junior Prep) is for swimmers with no previous racing experience who are still learning the basic techniques of the four competitive strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly). Junior Preps are introduced to starts & turns.

Junior Preps practice 3-4x/ week in May and 5x/ week in Jun / Jul / Aug.

Junior Preps participate in Development meets – mini meets designed for those new to competitive swim. The club recommends that Junior Preps aim to participate in at least 2 development meets during the season.

Junior Prep 1 (Minimum Age 5)

Red Cross Equivalent:

  • Minimum Whale in Preschool or Min. Level 2 Swim Kids

Eligible swimmers can:

  • Kick 15m
  • Swim Freestyle / Front Crawl 10m
  • Kick on back 10m

Junior Prep 2 (Minimum Age 6)

Red Cross Equivalent:

  • Minimum Level 5 in Swim Kids

Eligible Swimmers can:

  • Kick 50m on a board
  • 25 Kick on Back in streamline/ rocket ship
  • 10m of Breaststroke/ Whip kick

Red Cross Equivalent:

  • Minimum Level 8 (race divisions 0-2)

Eligible swimmers can:

  • 50 Freestyle/ Front Crawl with breathing every 3 strokes
  • 50m Backstroke/ Back Crawl
  • 25m Breastroke with glide
  • 25m Dolphin kick
  • Somersault/ flip in water
  • Beginner dive
  • 50 kick in under 1:20

Practices:

  • 5x/ week in early May
  • 7x/ week in Jun / Jul / Aug

Meets:

  • Most Juniors are ready to participate in regular swim meets. The club recommends that swimmers aim to attend 2 meets per month to gauge their progression. Swimmers can opt to do 1 or 2 days of a meet. Coaches will select events. Swimmers should expect to participate in relays.

Red Cross Equivalent:

  • N/A (race divisions 2-4)

Eligible swimmers can:

  • Swim all strokes legally for 50m
  • Proper starts and turns
  • Under 1:35 for 100 freestyle
  • Under 1:45 for 100 IM

Practices:

  • 8x/ week throughout the season

Meets:

  • The club recommends that Intermediates attend a minimum of 2 meets per month to gauge their progression. Swimmers may chose to do 1 or 2 days of competition at a meet. Swimmers should be prepared to participate in relays. Coaches will select events.

Red Cross Equivalent:

  • N/A (race divisions 4+)

Eligible swimmers can:

  • GIRLS: Under 1:20 for 100 Freestyle
  • GIRLS: Under 3:00 for 200 IM
  • BOYS: Under 1:15 for 100 Freestyle
  • BOYS: Under 2:50 for 200 IM

Practices:

  • 8x/ week throughout the season

Meets:

  • The club recommends that Seniors attend a minimum of 2 meets per month to gauge their progression. Swimmers may chose to do 1 or 2 days of competition at a meet. Swimmers should be prepared to participate in relays. Coaches will select events.

OCat swimmers currently enrolled in a winter swim club. This includes BCSSA insurance, 2 regular meet entry fees, regional and provincials.

Barracudas Masters program provides adults an opportunity to improve their strength, stamina, and skill in the 4 competitive strokes. This group includes swimmers who want to improve their strength and endurance as well as competitive swimmers. It also includes adults who are learning, developing, and improving their strokes.

Race Divisions

Swimmers compete in separate divisions, which are determined by the swimmer’s age on April 30th of the current year. To determine which Division your child will be in, visit our age locator link.

2020 Speed Swimming Age Locator

BCSSA Swim Rules Link

Division Age
1 8 and under
2 9 to 10 1/2
3 10 1/2 to 12
4 12 to 13 1/2
5 13 1/2 to 15
6 15 and 16
7 17 to 19
8 20 and over

Registration

May to August – OPENS by March 1st

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