Tyee's Sophomore level is a program for swimmers who have completed the Pre-Competitive program or have equivalent swimming skills, and are moving toward Regional and Provincial level competition. This level, along with the Tyee Freshmen program, provides a venue for athletes to realize their future potential as a competitive swimmer. In contrast to the Pre-Competitive programs, where the emphasis is on Learn to Swim, the Competitive programs emphasize a shift to Learn to Train, Train to Train, Train to Compete, and ultimately, Compete to Win (see Long Term Athlete Development Model - LTAD). The difference between swimming at the Pre-Competitive and Competitive levels is the difference between swimming as activity and swimming as sport.
At the Sophomore level, swimmers get a chance to discover whether they enjoy a more rigorous training schedule and, with access to regional swim meets, can test themselves against local competition. Many swimmers find the challenge rewarding and they are eager for more – these swimmers may ultimately choose to go down a competitive path, onto Tyee's Junior and Senior programs run by Head Coach Dexter Bligh. For a variety of reasons, other young athletes will not choose to go down a competitive path in swimming. These swimmers may ultimately select to continue in the Youth Swim and Fitness program, where competition is no longer an objective, and physical fitness is the focus.
Fees are divided into three types: one-time fees, training fees and occasional fees.
One-time fees consist of a Tyee Registration fee of $15 and a Swimming Canada/Swim BC Registration fee that varies by the swimmer's age as of December 31, 2015. The Swimming Canada/Swim BC fee is collected by the Tyee Aquatic Club and remitted to Swim BC. It is a mandatory, non-refundable fee. The table below shows the total one-time fees for Sophomore swimmers based on their age as of December 31, 2015.
One-Time Fees, all competitive swimmers, 2015-2016
|Age as of Dec. 31, 2015||SNC/SwimBC Registration Fee||Tyee Registration||Total One-Time Fee|
|8 and Under||$82||$15||$97|
Training fees are paid in 10 installments on the first day of October through to July. These fees cover the full competitive season, from start up in September through to the end of July. Training fees for swimmers are discounted by 20% for the second swimmer and 50% for each additional swimmer in the same family.
|Swims per week|| Training fees
10 & Under
11 Years old
12 & Over
(5 or 6 Sessions)
Occasional fees that are charged to swimmer's accounts include fees related to swim meets and equipment.
All sessions for the Sophomore program are held at Crystal Pool. The program begin on September 26, 2016 and continues to the end of July, 2017. There is 15 mins of dryland training Mon-Fri 4:00 - 4:15 and 45 mins on Saturday mornings 10:15 - 11:00.