Welcome to Level 1 Gold!
Level 1 Gold is for older (11+) novice graduates and later starters. Our group trains for 4.5 hours/week and competes at meets approximately once a month. The objectives of the level 1 Gold group include having fun together progressing towards goals and the pursuit of personal excellence, increasing swim speed and skills, and building confidence, work ethics and sportsmanship.
Coaches and coaching correspondence
Coaches Melanie Price and Sam Forrester are very excited to be coaching the level 1 Gold group. Both Sam and Melanie have been involved with the club as coaches and as swimmers themselves for many years. A more detailed bio of your coaches’ can be found here.
Coach Melanie will be emailing regularly to help keep you aware of events and schedules, so please email Melanie if your email address changes or you want an additional address added to the level 1 Gold's email group. Please get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.
Practices Schedules & Expectations
Practices are 3 times per week; the schedule can be found on the Calendars & Schedules page.
The better one's attendance, the more one will gain from the program. Please let the coach know if something comes up that is affecting attendance. It is helpful for the coach to know what else is going on in the swimmer's life.
Please try to get your swimmers to the pool with enough time for them to be on deck ready for the start of practice. Everyone benefits when the swimmers are on time: you and your child get the most out of the program and the coaches can run the practice more effectively.
The tentative meet schedule along with entries and results are posted on the Meets entries & results page. Please take note of the scratch deadline dates as scratches from meets must be reported to Melanie by the scratch deadline to avoid charges to the swimmer's account.
Generally, level 1 Gold swimmers attend all home meets for at least one session a meet. Our swimmers may attend other meets where they have qualified (such as Regionals) at the discretion of the coach and family.
We encourage families to get involved in meets and other events to enhance their experience with the club! You can look forward to our Black & Gold team events, our annual banquet, parties and more!
Please remember to bring your equipment bag and have two pair of goggles and caps for each practice to reduce the need for borrowing equipment from your team mates. A spare bathing suit is also a good idea. A competitive style swim suit is strongly recommended.
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 please check the HAC Equipment page for Team Gear to wear at swim meets and out and about in our community and be proud of being a member of HAC!
Swim parents are an important part of the team who, along with the coach and the swimmer, can help the swimmer meet their potential and support the swimmer in achieving their goals in and out of the pool. Parents are strongly encouraged to praise their swimmer's EFFORTS over their results. Be there for your child, win or lose. Unconditional love goes a long way in aiding longevity in the sport. Let the coach do the coaching. If there is something you question about the coaching please ask the coach. As your children are in or approaching their teen years, if they have a question about the coaching, encourage them to make the enquiry, this can help them take ownership of their sport.
The level 1 Gold parent rep is Julie Armstrong. Please reach out to Julie if you have any questions about upcoming events, volunteering, club information etc.
GO HAC GO!