The 2009 – 2010 season is fast approaching - our first day in the pool is Monday, September 14th. Hopefully by then, the Town will have completed all of the necessary maintenance (including replacing the tiles on the pool bottom) and we will be on our way! There are a number of things that we want to bring to your attention. VOLUNTEER EXECUTIVE The Acton Aqua Ducks Swim Club is a “not for profit” registered corporation. It is run by a volunteer Executive Board, consisting of both elected positions and leaders appointed by the Board. The Club’s Executive for the 2009 – 2010 year is listed below. As you can see, there are a number of vacancies. Please contact anyone on the Executive to learn how you can be a part of your child’s swimming experience. Meetings are held once each month at the pool. President Harry Shardlow Vice President Vera Waldie Secretary vacant Treasurer Debby Evans Registrar Marlene Lobelio Fundraising Coordinator Martha Smith Equipment Manager Wendy Sadgrove Meet Manager Duncan Waldie Media Coordinator vacant Trillium Fund Coordinator Tanya Eimantas Officials Coordinator Harry Shardlow Special Events Coordinator vacant Coaching Staff Liane Avouac Head Coach and Junior/Senior Coach Eva Papp Novice Program Coach Rose Thompson Learn to Swim & Advanced LTS Coach PROGRAMS We are again anticipating an increase in our enrollment this year. While this is great news, we are faced with the task of allocating pool time so each group is equally served. We have arranged with the Town to add an extra ½ hour on Mondays and Wednesdays so we have more flexibility this year. Consequently, we have made the following changes: Learn to Swim Program Coach Rose’s “Yellow” program will add an additional class this year, bringing the total to four. Swimmers learning their basic swim strokes will have 45 minutes per week in the pool with the following options. Class size is limited to 8 swimmers. LTS (A): Monday 5:30 – 6:15 pm LTS (B) Monday 6:15 – 7:00 pm LTS (C) Wednesday 5:30 – 6:15 pm LTS (D) Wednesday 6:15 – 7:00 pm Advanced Learn to Swim Program Coach Rose’s “Green” program will increase to 2 hours of instruction per week, but note that the days are changed. Sessions will now be held Tuesdays and Thursdays (no Monday sessions). There is one class offered with a maximum of 18 swimmers. Tuesday 7:30 – 8:30 pm and Thursday 7:30 – 8:30 pm Novice Program Coach Eva’s Novice Program, which gently introduces swimmers to the joys of competition, will again offer 3 hours of instruction on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. However, please note that the times will start one hour later each day. Class size is limited to 15 - 18 swimmers. Monday 6:30 – 7:30 pm Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 pm Friday 6:30 – 7:30 pm Please Note: The biggest change to this program is the cost of the mandatory insurance. SwimOntario, the provincial regulatory body, has decreed that swimmers in this group who wish to attend more than one swim meet per year, must be insured at the same level as Junior and Senior swimmers. As our Novice swimmers usually attend at least three swim meets per year, this can be a sizeable increase in fees. Those swimmers who are registered at the “non-competitive” level have their designation changed at any time during the year by paying the insurance differential. See the Registration Fees schedule for more detail. We can answer your questions at any time (through phone or email) or at the registration desk. Junior Program Coach Liane will again offer five hours of instruction per week for swimmers entering into their competitive swim program, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Monday 5:30 – 7:00 pm Wednesday 5:30 – 7:00 pm Friday 5:30 – 7:30 pm Senior Program Coach Liane’s Senior program, where swimmers fully participate in competitions throughout the season, will again offer 7 ½ hours of instruction per week, Monday through Friday. However, the times change this year: Monday 6:00 – 7:30 pm Tuesday 7:30 – 9:00 pm Wednesday 6:00 – 7:30 pm Thursday 7:30 – 8:30 pm Friday 5:30 – 7:30 pm Teen/Rusty Duck Programs For the teenagers and “older” swimmers who want to undertake their own exercise program, we again offer lane swims on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Tuesday 7:30 – 8:30 pm Thursday 7:30 – 8:30 pm Friday 5:30 – 6:30 pm SWIM FEES The Aqua Ducks have strived to offer a full swim program at a very competitive price and will do so again this year. Over the years, we have continuously set our fees to be comparable to municipal programs for our introductory swimmers and substantially lower than comparable swim clubs in the surrounding area for our competitive programs. For many years, we participated in Bingo with a number of charitable organizations in the area, which brought in substantial funds that greatly subsidized our fees. Unfortunately, the Bingo program has vanished, and our efforts to secure sponsorships, through the very generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, has been at best a moderate success. Our Trillium funding, which in the upcoming year will subsidize 20% of our expenses (down from 40% this past year), will run out at the end of this new season (October 2010), and we will at that time be faced with the harsh reality of an increase in registration fees in order to survive. We rent our pool time from the Town of Halton Hills, at a rate of about $2400 per month and each year, the Town increases the rental fee. For 2009 – 2010, the rental increase will be about 5%. As we continue to increase our enrollment, we can continue to offer swim programs at a very competitive rate. However, a quick survey of clubs in the immediate area indicates that we are substantially below the norm in fees. For example, one area club charges in the order of $3500.00 per year for their competitive swim program (our comparable rate is currently about $750.00 for our Senior competitive program – our most expensive group). While we do not anticipate that we will ever be as expensive as other clubs, we must face the fact that costs will continue to rise over the next few years, unless we are fortunate to secure major sponsorship funding. For 2009 – 2010, fees will increase at a modest amount. We are confident that our programs will continue to be the best value for your swimming dollar in the Region. For 2009 – 2010, program fees per session are as follows: Program Cost Insurance Total Program Cost Insurance* Total Learn to Swim $ 71.35 $13.65 $85.00 Novice Competive 10 and under $ 145.00 $90.65 $ 235.65 Advanced LTS $ 111.35 $13.65 $125.00 11 to 15 $ 145.00 $110.65 $ 255.65 16 and over $ 145.00 $130.65 $ 275.65 Rusty $85.00 $36.50 $ 121.50 Novice Non Competive $ 145.00 $36.50 $ 181.50 Teen $85.00 $36.50 $ 121.50 Junior 10 and under $ 200.00 $90.65 $ 290.65 11 to 15 $ 200.00 $110.65 $ 310.65 16 and over $ 200.00 $130.65 $ 330.65 Senior 10 and under $ 250.00 $90.65 $ 340.65 11 to 15 $ 250.00 $110.65 $ 360.65 16 and over $ 250.00 $130.65 $ 380.65 * insurance payable in Fall session only 2009 – 2010 REGISTRATION Attached to this newsletter is a registration form for the upcoming season. Please fill it out and bring it with you to registration, along with a current cheque as well as post- dated cheques for the following sessions. We will be receiving registration applications at the pool during the week of September 1st. If you are unable to make one of these dates, please at least ensure that your swimmer(s) have a confirmed spot for 2009 – 2010 by emailing or calling Harry Shardlow (519-855-6029; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Vera Waldie (519-853-3421; email@example.com) prior to the 1st. Preference will be given to returning swimmers but only until swimming starts on the 14th. After that, people currently on the waiting list and new applicants will be allowed to register. Fees for the Fall session are due no later than the first week of swimming. The Fall Session runs from Monday, September 14th to Friday, December 4th. For a complete listing of times and dates for the entire swim season, please log onto our website at www.actonaquaducks.com. Here are the dates and times that we will be at the entrance to the pool for registration: Tuesday, September 1st 5:30 – 7:00 pm Wednesday, September 2nd 5:30 – 7:00 pm Thursday, September 3rd 5:30 – 7:00 pm Acton Fall Fair & Parade The annual Fall Fair and parade takes place on Saturday, September 19th, only one week into our Fall session. There is plenty of room on the float for the younger swimmers (older ones can walk!) and remember that being in the parade gets you free admission to the Fair. We’ll have more details at the registration desk.
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