FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

How old does my child need to be to register?

Children 5-16 years of age that can swim two lengths of the pool are able to join S.C.A.T.

How long is the S.C.A.T. season?

Our season runs from September to end of May the following year. Those that qualify for Regionals or provincials may swim into June or even early July. We do not practice on major holidays and take the weeks of Christmas and March break off. Refer to team calendar for more details.

When and where does the team practice?

Swimmers practice up to 4 days per week depending on skill level and availability. During registration, swimmers sign up for 2, 3 or 4 days of practice. Swimmers may also attend EnergyLab training on Tuesdays (extra fee applies).  S.C.A.T. practices are held at Harold G. Brewster Pool (200 Dewitt Rd, Stoney Creek). For more information refer to practice schedule.

We may also offer Diving Clinics throughout the season which will be offered at an additional cost. These clinics will be held at Kiwanis Aquatics Centre (425 Carlton St, St Catharines).

How many swim meets does S.C.A.T. attend?

There are on average of 1 swim meet per month but may vary each year. Meets are scheduled on Saturdays or Sundays, sometimes on both days. Each swim meet must be paid “a-la-carte” based on your child’s participation. All swim meet payments will be expected immediately upon registration.

Does my child have to compete?

Swim Meets are not mandatory but coaches will encourage swimmers to participate. The coaches will inform you via email, which meets your child(ren) are eligible for. Coaches will choose the events for each swimmer – but they welcome swimmer/parent feedback on what that swimmer should swim

What will I need to purchase?

Each swimmer will need water bottle, goggles, cap, pull buoy, hand paddles, flippers, labelled mesh bag and 1pc training suits. Kick boards are optional. Purchases can be made through Team Aquatics in Burlington (http://www.team-aquatic.com). Swimmers who participate in drylands training will require running shoes and appropriate clothing. Refer to our S.C.A.T. Life page for more information.

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