15 & Under
Programs

Water Fun

COED program developed by the Titans in 2013, targeted at ages 5 to 8 who are not yet strong enough swimmers to join the ILWP or ‘Swim and Play’ programs. The Water Fun program is divided into two levels, with each practice of 45-minutes duration.  Note that both levels may be combined at some pools.  Each practice will include work on aquatic skills as well as free play to develop some basic water polo related skills. New players are welcome throughout the year. This program runs from September to May.

Water Fun Level I (5 to 7 years old) – We strongly recommend that a parent participate in the classes and be within arm’s reach of their child.  This is not only for safety reasons but also, as a first-time introduction to the aquatic environment for some children, the parent’s presence helps provide a more comforting experience in the water.  In this program, participants will learn basic water skills, providing a jump-start to the aquatic environment which will form a strong basis for the development of more advanced swimming skills.  Game play will be used to build their confidence in the water. No minimum skills requirement.

Water Fun Level II (6 to 8 years old) – At this level, participants will develop basic swimming skills.  Building on the skills acquired in Water Fun 1, this is where the children will first experience the sport of water polo in a fun environment.  Minimum requirement: the child must be comfortable in the shallow-end without a parent and without a flotation device.

Options: 
Water Fun Level I:
Richcraft pool – Mondays, 5:30pm to 6:15pm
Richcraft pool – Fridays, 6pm to 6:45pm
Pinecrest pool – Saturdays, 6pm to 6:45pm

Water Fun Level II:
Richcraft pool – Mondays, 6:15pm to 7pm
Richcraft pool – Fridays, 6:45pm to 7:30pm
Pinecrest pool – Saturdays, 6:45pm to 7:30pm

Cost: 
    Our current season fees are outlined here.

What is included: We provide all the water polo equipment (e.g. balls, caps, nets)

Swim and Play

Strengthen Swimming and Water Polo Skills

This COED program brings two incredible sports together!  It gives girls and boys, ages 7 to 11 a chance to experience swimming and water polo!  The program will focus on several essential skills such as water safety, swim strokes, diving, strength and endurance, ball handling and basic tactical skills.  This program provides our athletes the required strength, technique and confidence required for the next level program, I Love Water Polo.  This program runs from September to May.

The Swim and Play program is divided into two levels, and each level has two options.  Swim & Play I is for athletes who still need to refine their front crawl and backstroke skills.  Swim & Play II is for athletes who are ready to work on their breaststroke and eggbeater. 

< NEW in 2022-23> Each level comes in two options:

  • The standard version of the Swim & Play program includes one weekly 90-minute practice, including 60 minutes of swimming and 30 minutes of fun water polo scrimmage.
  • < NEW in 2022-23> The Swim & Play Plus version of the program includes an additional weekly one-hour practice, thus permitting its participants to progress at a much faster rate.

Minimum requirements (Swim & Play I):
Swim 12.5m (1/2 pool length) front crawl and backstroke (no breath control required)
Swim 12.5m (1/2 pool length) flutter kick with a board (with breath control)
Swim 12.5m (1/2 pool length) back flutter kick with or without a board

Minimum requirements (Level II):
Swim 25m (full pool length) front crawl with breath control
Swim 25m (full pool length) backstroke
Basic knowledge of breaststroke
Basic knowledge of eggbeater

< NEW in 2022-23> There are no special minimum requirements for the Swim & Play Plus option.  Everyone is welcome to register for the Plus option as it is the best way to progress sooner to the next program.

Why not help your child develop an aquatic life beyond simple swimming lessons!  Who knows, maybe they will love pushing themselves to get stronger and faster, and love working as part of a team in the demanding, fast-paced game of water polo.  No matter what their preference, your child will come out of this program a much stronger swimmer.  New participants are welcome throughout the year.  

Options for the S&P I and S&P II weekly practice:

  • Richcraft pool – Mondays, 5:30pm to 7pm
  • Richcraft pool– Fridays, 6pm to 730pm
  • University of Ottawa pool– Fridays, 6:30pm to 8pm
  • Francois Dupuis pool – Saturdays, 4pm to 5:30pm
  • Splash pool– Saturdays, 5pm to 6:30pm
  • Pinecrest pool– Saturdays, 6pm to 7:30pm
  • Sportsplex– Sundays, 6pm to 7:30pm

< NEW in 2022-23> Pool time for the S&P Plus additional practice:

  • Sportsplex – Saturdays, 6pm to 7:30pm
  • Sportsplex – Sundays, 6pm to 7:30pm [for S&P athletes who have a regular practice on Saturdays]

Cost:
  Our current season fees are outlined here.

What is included: We provide all the water polo equipment (e.g. balls, caps, nets)

I Love Water Polo

COED program for ages 8 to 14 where basic water polo skills are taught in a non-intimidating environment. This program comes in two options:

  • The standard version of the ILWP program includes one weekly 90-minute practice and one weekly game night where ILWP athletes from across the city get together to play water polo.
  • < NEW in 2022-23> The ILWP Plus version of the program includes an additional weekly one-hour practice, thus permitting its participants to progress at a much faster rate.

The program is held in the deep end of the pool and consists of one weekly 90-minute practice and. New players are welcome throughout the year. The program runs from September to May.

Minimum requirements (ILWP):
Comfortable swimming in the deep end for an extended period

Swim 50m front crawl with breath control
Swim 50m backstroke
Basic backstroke with good whip kick
Treading water for 30 seconds (preferably doing eggbeater)

< NEW in 2022-23> There are no special minimum requirements for the ILWP Plus option.  Everyone is welcome to register for the Plus option as it is the best way to progress sooner to the next program.

Practice Pool Options: 

  • Richcraft pool– Mondays, 5:30pm to 7pm
  • Walter Baker pool– Wednesdays, 7:30pm to 9pm
  • Richcraft pool– Fridays, 6pm to 7:30pm
  • University of Ottawa pool – Fridays, 6:30pm to 8pm
  • Francois Dupuis pool– Saturdays, 4pm to 5:30pm
  • Splash pool– Saturdays, 5pm to 6:30pm
  • Pinecrest pool – Saturdays, 6pm to 7:30pm

< NEW in 2022-23> Pool time for the ILWP Plus additional practice:

  • Sportsplex – Saturdays, 6pm to 7:30pm
  • Any other ILWP practice (for those who’s regular ILWP weekly practice is on Saturdays)

ILWP Game Night: 

Nepean Sportsplex pool – Sundays, 6pm to 7:30pm

Cost:
   Our current season fees are outlined here.

What is included: We provide all the water polo equipment (e.g. balls, caps, nets)

Academy

Train to become a Competitive Water Polo Athlete

This COED program introduces children ages 9 – 15 to competitive water polo. Emphasis is placed on the development of fundamental water polo skills, tactics and fitness required to succeed in competitive water polo. This program corresponds to the ‘training to train’ phase of the Long-Term Athlete Development model (LTAD). Team building, discipline, personal growth and elementary tactics are key learning objectives of this program. No water polo experience is necessary, but players should be very good deep-water swimmers and be ready to train in a more structured environment. An evaluation of the player’s current abilities and overall potential will first be performed by the team Coach to ensure that the player is ready to participate in the Academy. Provided that COVID-19 restrictions permit it, Academy players will have the opportunity to participate in invitational and Provincial tournaments and championships. This program includes four (Academy A) or three (Academy B) practices per week.  Again, depending on COVID-19 restrictions, this program also offers Mini National Capital Water Polo League (Mini-NCWPL) games on some Sunday nights at the Nepean Sportsplex.  New players are welcome throughout the year.

The program runs from September to May. 

Cost:
   Our current season fees are outlined here.

What is included: All practices, coaching, equipment (balls, caps, nets)

What is extra: Participation in Tournaments. Team uniform is mandatory.

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