Questions and ANSWERS
Q:How many times per week will my child swim?
A: Depending on age and ability, swimmers will swim between four and six times per week. Practices will be anywhere from forty-five minutes to one hour and a half minutes in length depending on age and ability.
Q: Does my child have to attend every practice?
A: No, we understand that members may have other commitments so there is no minimum number of practices swimmer must attend. We do encourage them to attend as many as possible though.
Q: Do I get to choose when my son/daughter practices?
A: No, there is a set schedule released after the initial assessment that takes place during the first week of May. At this time your son/daughter will be assigned to a group. The group will have set practice times each week.
Q: Does the schedule change throughout the summer?
A: After evaluations and groups have been made, there will be a May/June schedule. A new schedule will be released well ahead of time for July/August.
Q: Should (NAME) [age 8, Red Cross Level 8] should plan on attending both registration dates or just one?
A: You only need to come to one.
Q: Do we need to sign up ahead of time? he will need to be evaluated before he can sign up,
A: The evaluation criteria is on our website http://nanaimowhiterapids.com
Q: Is the $340 all the money that will need to be paid on the registration date?
A: There is also a $75.00 Tag Day fee, and $100.00 Volunteer Hours fee. These are post dated cheques, and if the family participates, the cheques are not cashed. You can find out more details at Registration.
Q: Tag Day? What's that?
A: Tag Day is a NWRSC institution at local grocery stores. Swimmers solicit funds by politely asking for donations to support the swim club to shoppers as they come and go. In the past, "tags" were handed out to donors, but we have suspended that practice in order to be more eco-friendly.
Q: We will be in the non-competitive track this year and will probably only swim two to three times per week to get used to the schedule. When do we pick the days of the week or times [or is it chosen for us]?
A: The swimmers are evaluated during the first week, and the Coaching Staff places them into the respective groups, mainly based on swimming abilities.
Q: What is the best type of bathing suit to wear? Outside of this bathing suit, a towel, and a bag...is there any other pieces of equipment or dress that the other swimmers would have? the best swimming apparel is a type of jammer for males and a one piece suit for females.
A: Our Apparel Coordinator (Amy Nowicki) will be on hand at Registration, so she can advise you further. They need a set of swimming goggles, to protect their eyes. Access an order form here.