|Haney Neptunes' FAQ
you ever wanted to know about us but were afraid to ask
When is the next session starting?
All three of our disciplines, Swimming,
Synchronized Swimming and Water Polo all start May 1, for Summer
Session, Sept 1, for Fall Session and Jan 3, for Winter Session.
Who do I ask about...?
We suggest you start by contacting our
Communications Director. The contact email is on this web page under
contact us. Well informed and always in
the loop, if you can't get the answer, you will most definitely be put
in contact with whoever will be able to help.
Information about our club is also
available through the Blue Box. Each family has a file and should be
checked regularly. We also have our bulletin board (located across from
the washrooms in the Lobby) at the Maple Ridge Leisure Centre.
I didn't get notified about the
This is our number one FAQ! All notices
are sent out via email according to the email addresses you handed in
upon registration. It is your responsibility to keep us informed of any
changes to your email. Only those who have no email will be contacted by
What swimming level is my child required to have
to join competitive swimming?
Since swimming lessons focus on water safety we do
not care what level children have achieved at lessons, we only require
that children be able to swim 25 meters of any discernable stroke. We
will teach swimmers proper stroke technique for competitive swimming.
What type of commitment is required from
Although we encourage all swimmers to come to as
many practices as possible, we do not require that you attend every
practice. Please be aware that if you miss the same practice time each
week you may be missing a certain skill that is practiced on that day.
E.g. Fridays are usually starts and turns day, and may be the only day
these skills are practiced
Can I change my pool time?
Requests for practice changes must be submitted in
writing to the director of swimming and be approved by the Head Coach.
We offer morning and afternoon practice times for most groups to try to
fit in peopleís schedules. Unfortunately we have no choice in the pool
time we are given by the leisure center, if practice times conflict with
school dismissal, please try to attend morning practices. Pool times
change again in July.
Does my child need goggles, they were prohibited
in swimming lessons?
YES! Please provide your child with goggles, their
eyes will be in the water for a full hour and will get very sore.
Lessons restrict the use of goggles so children learn to feel safe in
the water if they fall in deep water.
Does my son need to wear a Speedo?
If your child feels uncomfortable wearing a Speedo,
they may wear jammers or swim briefs. Please do not send your child in
swim trunks, they will drag in the water causing your child to tire
quickly, they also cause chaffing. Donít worry, if all the kids are
wearing them nobody will notice if you are.
Why are they only doing parts of strokes?
Drills are used to strengthen muscles used in full
strokes, and lead to proper technique. (They may look exaggerated but
they help the brain memorize body placement so it can become second
Why canít my kid do butterfly?
Well, have you tried it? Butterfly is a very
difficult stroke to master. Strong core, shoulder and leg muscles are
required to do this stroke properly. Until a childís muscles are strong
enough they will not be able to master this stroke, so relax and donít
laugh, you try it.
What should I do when my child starts to cry at
Swimming is hard work. Please donít forget that
your child knows now to push your buttons, heck, they probably installed
them. Some children try to manipulate their parents into letting them
quit early, if this happens, go get a coffee. Our coaches are not beasts
and if they see a child lagging and needing rest, they will let them sit
on the deck until they are ready to rejoin the group, believe me they
wonít cry if you are not there.
Who is responsible for the children in the
You are. Coaches are only responsible for children
during practice. Please be aware that the club cannot supervise children
in the change rooms or in the lobby before or after practice. Please
deliver children to the coach at the beginning of practice and pick them
up from the deck, after practice.
What equipment is required for swimming?
All children should have a good competition suit,
goggles, cap, and a bottle of water. If your child finds flippers
uncomfortable, please use a pair of socks in the water with the
How do you get chlorine out of hair?
You can buy special shampoo to strip the chlorine
out of hair or you can make a paste of baking soda and regular shampoo
in your hand and use it to wash hair. Use as much baking soda as you
can, it stinks but it works.
How does fundraising work?
At the beginning of a session the
swimmer's family gives the Haney Neptuneís a cheque for fundraising
($50.00 for the fall and winter sessions and $150.00 for the summer
session). During the session, when you participate in a fundraiser, the
profit from your participation goes towards that $50.00 or $150.00.
What happens if I do not earn the total
amount ($50.00 or $150.00?)
At the end of the session we take the
total amount you have earned (letís say you raised $35.00) we would then
cash your cheque and write you a new cheque for $35.00 we keep the
$15.00 not raised or $115.00 in the summer session
What happens to my cheque if I complete
my fundraising obligations?
If you complete your fundraising we would
then destroy your cheque.
Who would I ask if I had questions or
what to know how much I have earned in a session?
You would call the director of