FAQ

General Swim Team Questions

1. What is the Ogopogo Summer Swim Club and why would I want my child to participate?
It’s fun. It’s great exercise. It builds confidence. It’s a great way for your child to meet other kids in Kelowna, the Okanagan, and the Province. It’s a great way for you to meet other families with similar interests.

The Ogopogo Summer Swim Club is more than just competitive swimming.  Swimmers learn the skills necessary to help them progress in life.. courage… positive attitude… hard work… friendship. The club is dedicated to creating a healthy sporting environment that encourages each child to grew to their potential.

The Ogopogo Summer Swim Club is a team of parents, coaches and dedicated swimmers striving to create the best competitive experience possible.  Swimmers participate in a full competitive schedule between May and August and maintain and enhance conditioning through winter training activities.  This mix of conditioning activities allows swimmers to fully develop their potential and yet realize the positive social aspect of belonging to a club composed of great kid and great families.

Through a mix of conditioning, technical development and sport psychology, swimmers with the club develop well rounded skills.  The club’s long term approach to athlete development provides a solid base for swimmers to progress in competitive swimming, and to creat a solid base for other athletic pursuits.

2. Who can answer my questions about the swim team?
Most of your questions can be answered here or on the website. If not, anyone on the Board should be able to answer any of your questions.

Our main communication is via email and this website. Please ensure you have provided the club with a valid email address. We encourage you to use the web site, as it is the quickest and most effective way to get information. We also encourage you to talk to the coaches, or any other parents on deck. There are many families with lots of experience in the club who are happy to share their knowledge with new families.

3. What strokes do the swimmers use in competition?
Swimmers learn and use Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly in individual and relay events.

4. What swimming strokes does my child need to know to join the team?
If your child is 5 to 18 and can swim a lap of the pool (25 meters) without touching bottom with good attention skills, then they should come to a swim team practice and have the coach evaluate them for the team. Younger children do not necessarily have to be proficient in the breast stroke or butterfly in order to participate.

5. I just want my child to learn how to swim better. Do they have to swim in competition?
Proper swim technique comes much quicker when practicing regularly with a swim club. We encourage you to bring your swimmer to all available practices; you will see the improvement with regular attendance. The competition, or racing, actually speeds the learning curve as the swimmers are trying their absolute hardest. It is at these times when the largest improvements in technique and skill are made. Swimmers are required to participate in competitions throughout the summer, in a minimum of 2 swim meets, or 4 swim meet days overall.  To be able to swim at Regionals, the swimmer must have participated in minimum of 2 BCSSA meets during the summer season.

6. I see that there are different age divisions for the swimmers. What does that mean?
The age groups are determined by the year in which the swimmer was born. To see what "Division" a swimmer is in or will be in, go to the Links page and click on the BCSSA Age Locator. When a swimmer trains with the club, they are with swimmers of the same ability/lane speed and can be a range of ages, however during summer competition, they will always race within their age division.

7. What kind of pool does Ogopogo have?
The length of our pool is 25 meters, located at the H2O Center on Gordon Drive. We also train at Parkinson Recreation Centre in the summer season.

8. Does my child need to wear a special team swim suit during practice or during a meet?
Not during practice. In fact, to reduce wear-and-tear, a "racing suit" should only be worn during meets. It is common for swimmers to have a practice suit and a racing suit.  Don't' forget your goggles!

Our Ogopogo team swimsuit can be any "black" suit preferably, worn for competing at swim meets. Ogo Caps are required to be worn during meets. It promotes team unity and pride of the club and also enables spectators to identify Ogopogo swimmers so they can cheer them on.

Cap and team t-shirt are included in registration for new swimmers; they are available for purchase for returning swimmers and proud parents, as needed. Ogopogo Apparel is available at registration and throughout the year. 

Goggles are needed to keep eyes chlorine free and to help swim in a straight line. Swim goggles range in price; each swimmer has their own preference and fit, so try a few pairs on to find the right fit.

Other apparel available to purchase, includes hoodies, t-shirts, backpacks, parkas, and goggles.

Swimsuits, goggles and caps are available from local and on-line retailers. See below for details:

Team Aquatics -
For anyone interested in purchasing on-line from Team Aquatics, you can get a discount! 
Each order our swimmers make, benefits our team. Family and Friends receive 20% discount.
Login Information for Team Family & Friends: Username: KEL375

If you can't find what you are looking for at Team Aquatics, you can try: Aquam Canada

All American Swim. They ship to Canada and discounted suits can be purchased. http://www.swimoutlet.com/ is also is a great choice!

Meets

9. What is a Swim Meet?
A swim meet is where all the fun happens. Swimmers who have been practicing so diligently throughout the year, month, week, and every day, get to put their 'practice' to the test - against other swimmers of the same age grouping and gender. Swim meets take place on weekend throughout the summer on a Saturday and Sunday. The swimmers race in a variety of strokes and distances. Their times are recorded and become a benchmark to improve upon.

10. How long does a Swim Meet last?
Timed Finals meets start at 7 or 8am are typically finished by 5:00pm, depending upon how many participants there are (ie: In Lumby and Merritt, timed finals are common).  Warm-ups start typically at 6:45am and are NOT optional.  

Note: ALL swimmers are expected to stay for relays, even if they did not qualify for finals. If you must leave early, you MUST tell the coach by 10am that morning, so the relay team can be adjusted.  Relays are the most fun of events and swimmers love them!

11. How is it determined which swimmers will be on a relay?
The coach makes this decision. There are a variety of factors involved. On most occasions, the coaches will attempt to have every swimmer entered onto a relay. Sometimes, a younger swimmer will swim with older swimmers to fill a gap. 

12. What is the Okanagan Regional Championship Meet? When? Where?
Regionals are usually held the first or second weekend in August and it is the swim meet that determines who gets to proceed to the Provincial Championships. Swimmers must swim in at least two BCSSA meets during the summer season, in order to participate at the Regional Championships. Swimmers are allowed to swim in 4 individual events and two relays at the Okanagan Regional Championship.
Swimmers placing in the top three in each event automatically are eligible to represent the Ogopogos and the Okanagan Region at the Provincial Championships, held two weeks after the Regional Championships in mid to late August.  The season will then be over for the year and winter maintenance will start up in October. 

Practices

13. Does my child need to wear the team swim suit during practice? During a meet? What brand and where do I buy it?
Team suits are not required during practice. It is common for swimmers to have a practice suit and a racing suit. Ogopogo team swimsuit can be any "black" suit worn for competing at swim meets. Ogo Caps are required to be worn during meets. It promotes team unity and pride of the club and also enables spectators to identify Ogopogo swimmers so they can cheer them on.Cap and team t-shirt are included in registration for new swimmers; they are available for purchase for returning swimmers, as needed. 

Goggles are needed to keep eyes chlorine free and to help swim in a straight line. Swim goggles range in price; each swimmer has their own preference and fit, so try a few pairs on to find the right fit.

Other apparel available to purchase, includes hoodies, t-shirts, backpacks, parkas, and goggles.

Swimsuits, goggles and caps are available from local and on-line retailers. See below for details:

Team Aquatics -
Each order our swimmers make, benefits our team. Family and Friends receive 20% discount.
Discount code at checkout:  KEL375

If you can't find what you are looking for at Team Aquatics, you can try: Aquam Canada

All American Swim. They ship to Canada and discounted suits can be purchased. http://www.swimoutlet.com/ is also is a great choice!

We also deal with George Park (Yingfa rep) who has great suits reasonably prices: http://www.swimdownhill.com. You will often see George with his motorhome at the meets and also ships them to you! grin

14. Does a child have to swim in a particular number of practices during the week in order to swim in a meet?
No, but the swimmers need to ensure that they have been registered to participate in the Swim Meet. This registration takes place online under "Meets" tab. The deadline for meet registration is usually 7 days before the meet. It is very important to not miss the deadline as it is very difficult for the coaches to "add" late entries... if you register and then cannot attend the meet, just email the Head Coach asap and they will cancel it for you. If you do not let them know and then do not show up at the meet, the club is on the hook for paying that entry fee for the missing swimmer.

15. What happens if we have a conflict and my child is not able to attend practice?
If it is a regular occurrence, and you wish to change their swim schedule, you should inform the registrar by email to see if there is an alternative space for them at another session.
Please do not ask the coaches about schedule changes. Their primary focus is to coach your swimmer! All requests for schedule changes must be done by email and only through the Registrar at: ogossc@hotmail.com. 

16. Should I stay and watch a swim practice?
Parents are welcome to watch on the bleachers but please just enjoy watching and not disrupt the coach or talk to your swimmer during the session. If you have concerns or questions, please talk to the Coach before or after training.  When arriving at H2O, let reception know you are with the Ogopogo Swim Club.

17. How often and when is practice?
During the summer season Practices are held Monday through Friday. They are in the morning or afternoon. For a detailed schedule, see the practice page for exact times.

18.  What is "Activation" and Why is it Mandatory?
Activation is an extremely important part of practice that often gets overlooked.

For the younger swimmers this is an optimal time to work on core strengthening, on land stroke technique, decreasing reaction time and getting into good injury prevention habits.

Lately activation attendance (15min before practice) has improved, and our goal as a club is to keep it high and get into a rhythm before the summer season.

As for the older swimmers, it is up to you to warm up your body appropriately and do a strictly dynamic (moving the whole time) activation. This is something I hope to see improve as the winter progresses.

There is a mandatory 10 min of activation for every swimmer. If you are late, you must complete your on activation routine before getting into the pool.  No exceptions. 

It may seem negligible at first, but we have witnessed too many sore shoulders and preventable injuries to let skipping warm-up go on much longer. See you on deck!

19.  What is the Fundraising Commitment? 
Fundraising is necessary to keeping our registration fees from increasing. Club expenses include pool rental fees, swim meet fees, coaching, equipment inventory and maintenance, and much more. Registration fees would have to be increased to an unacceptable level should fundraising be eliminated.  Our aim is to keep fundraising to a minimum but in order to do so, all families are expected to participate.

The Clubs main fundraising venue is the “swim challenge" in June. 

The fundraising charge of $150.00 applies to this; it is up to members to participate and get donations online and then can "reimburse" themselves. 

Your will be charged $150 to your credit card on August 10th ONLY if your family did not raise $150 through the Swim Challenge (on/off-line) or the sale of Solo bars during the Summer Season only. 

SoLo GI Bars are also an option this summer for fundraising.  Note this option for "credit" does not apply to winter maintenance season. 

If a family sells in 10 box increments, this will = $50 off their fundraising requirement (Ie: 20 boxes = $100 credit and 30 boxes = $150 credit). 

20.  How do I fulfill my Volunteer Commitment?
You will be charged $100 to your credit card on August 10th ONLY if your 15 hours of volunteer time per family is not met during the summer season. There are countless opportunities during the summer to make up the Volunteer Commitment of 15 hours, such as social events and at the meets.  Jump in and help! You will love it! :)

21.  Where can I get the OGO logo/name embroidered on my Swim Bag?
You can visit Blair Sportswear, 1921 Dayton St (behind ICBC off Springfield Rd).  

He has our team logo set up there -just need to drop your bag off and it will be done quickly. Most swimmers have the Logo and their name embroidered underneath (approx $15).

Tel:  250.762.0935 

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