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Guelph Marlins Fall Programs set to resume

Registration is open now for pre-competitive and competitive swimmers
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The Guelph Marlin Aquatic Club and its coaches and instructors are ready to welcome all swimmers and celebrate ‘Back to Pool’ as the Club’s Fall 2021 programs for swimmers of all ages and experience levels get underway in September at local pools after two challenging, truncated seasons due to covid-19 restrictions.

“When September arrives, for some it means back to school but for the Guelph Marlins, it means ‘Back to Pool’ and we couldn’t be more ready! Our certified coaching staff, including two new coaches, are raring to get going, with plans and preps in place to hit the ground running for our entire swimming community from our learn to swim lesson program, to pre-competitive, competitive and through to master’s swimmers. We can’t wait to welcome our swimmers of all levels Back to the Pool!’ said Laura Nicholls, Director of Age Group and Development, Guelph Marlin Aquatic Club and two-time Olympian

“It's essential for our three kids to know how to swim so we were delighted to hear the Guelph Marlin Swim Lessons would be running again this fall. Our kids haven't had swim lessons for almost two years and you can see it. The older they get, the more they lack confidence. We’re definitely enrolling them in the September two-week power session so they get a jump start! They are excited and we are too!" said Sarah Taylor, parent of Swim Lesson Program participants.

“I’m super excited to get back to training for this coming season! It’s been quite a while and I’m really looking forward to practicing with all my teammates again. Since it’s my last year, I’m really hoping to make the most of the time I’ve got and accomplish all my goals before leaving for university next fall,” said Ali Kudo, (age 17) of the Guelph Marlin Senior Group.

Summer Olympics-inspired swimming excitement, combined with delays in learning to swim and gaps in pool time for competitive swimmers looking to improve their performance arising from Covid-19 restrictions has created a perfect storm of pent-up demand to get ‘Back to Pool.’ In response, the Guelph Marlins has nearly doubled its capacity to deliver swim lessons in Fall 2021 to accommodate record-breaking interest.

Coaching staff also have break-in schedules and conditioning plans for pre-competitive and competitive swimmers prepared and at the ready. The Guelph Marlins hope to provide a return to competition opportunities although it is too soon to provide details about when and how competitions will be held.

All Guelph Marlins programming will be delivered in strict compliance with the Covid protocols of Step 3 of Ontario’s reopening plan. For lesson programs for children ages three and up, instructors will be in the water. Instructors will wear a mask when in closer contact and physical distancing of two metres cannot be maintained. Competitive program swimmers must follow regulations strictly including social distancing in the facility and in the pool/lane, masking until entering the pool, and daily health checks.

Registration and ‘Back to Pool’ Timing:

Learn to swim – Available in a September, a two-week power session format and a eight or nine-week lesson series that begins following Thanksgiving in October. The power session runs three days a week for each of two weeks in September starting Sept. 13, perfect as a jumpstart and/or for individuals who are active in other sports but still need the basics of swimming. Register now for swim assessments available the evenings of Sept. 1, 2 or 7 at Victor Davis Pool. To book your child’s assessment, contact the Marlins office at Lesson registration will commence September 3rd at 7am.

Pre-Competitive Swimmers – Registration is open now for pre-competitive swimmers. Practice schedule will commence the week of Sept. 27.

Competitive Swimmers – Registration is open now for competitive swimmers. Start up swimming schedules commence the week of Sept. 13 with regular schedules set to begin on Oct. 12.

Masters Swimmers – Registration opens on Sept. 1 and practice schedule will commence Sept. 7.

To learn more about Learn to Swim Lessons or the Club’s competitive and pre-competitive swim programming, please visit the Guelph Marlins website.