Level 2 Black kicks it up a notch!

The second of the club's four developmental levels, Level 2 Black can be made up of graduating L1B or movers from either of the Black or Gold streams, and generally is made up of kids aged 10-12.  Depending on the club dynamic, groups can be combined in order to manage pool space/time.  This year we have a unique Level 2 Black group that has shared aspects and for this reason, this page will be multi-faceted.  All Level 2 Black swimmers will practice together on Saturdays at McMaster for (mostly) LC training where we will address higher level skill including pace work, extreme kicking and heart-rate monitoring.  So, learn to embrace the red set and be a little "uncomfortable" at each practice.


At this level, parents are still a large influence on helping kids to take control of their swim path.  Your continued support at social events and through officiating on deck (where possible) sends a message to your swimmer that ownership of ALL aspects of swimming is what contributes to success at the pool.  Start to hand over the reins to your swimmer so they can learn to be responsible for themselves, their gear, their actions and their own success.  If you ever have any questions, please email Coach Lisa anytime, or find Lisa after practice. Your Level 2 Black Group Rep is Nancy Rowe.


By now we have an established "mesh" equipment bag that kids should get used to carrying themselves.  If they have someone carrying their gear, they WILL forget something at the pool (expecting someone else to take care of it)!  The Your mesh equipment bag should have the following:

  • -pull bouy
  • -kick board*  can use a pool one if you prefer not to have your own
  • -snorkel (such as this FINIS snorkel ) suggestion: use coloured duct tape to differentiate yours from other team mates
  • -fins (these short blade SPEEDO fins are great)

Also, a water bottle is very important and should be used at EVERY practice to stave off dehydration - 500 ml to 1L max. HACware can include track suits, T-shirts and personalised caps, as well as some "one-off" seasonal items.  All HAC gear should be labelled with kids names and worn at swim meets.  HAC (silicone) swim caps are available anytime (personalised caps are available by special order only - usually done twice a year - in Sep and later in the season). Check out the HAC Equipment page or contact Equipment Manager, Elsa to order your gear or equipment.


L2B swims 4 days a week for periods between 1 and 2 hours daily.  Generally, swimmers attend all 4-5 home meets for at least one session a meet, usually swimming 3 individual swim races on any given meet day.  Kids may attend other swim meets where they qualify and at the discretion of coach/parents. This year we have a dynamic L2 Black group with some kids training on a L2B Wed schedule and another set training on the L2B Thu schedule; be sure to know which coach is your primary coach and follow the correct scheduled days per the coach for that day. Check out the June 2018 schedule here. Check the swim meet schedule here.



Commit to the process and you will see the rewards!

Qualify; everyone CAN do it!


Shark Points Revisited

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Relevant in Level 2 Black!

Coach Lisa is committed to rewarding structured effort and achievement. Attendance, improvement and skill development are just a few reasons to track shark points. The introduction of "pace," "best average" and 'test sets' will add new opportunities to accumulate shark points. Check out your shark points as of June 2018 - FINAL; updated at the middle and end of each month.  Modifications to the shark point catalogue are always welcome to customize to swimmers preferences; any ideas can be mentioned to Coach Lisa. Check out the shark points catalogue 2017-18.