What is summer swimming?
Summer swimming is a competitive swim league where the swimming season occurs in the summer months through Swim Nova Scotia’s (SNS’s) summer swimming program.  It offers a chance to participate in the sport of swimming through a shorter season than that of the winter swimming program resulting in a much smaller commitment. It offers both experienced and newer swimmers a chance to learn and grow the sport of swimming. 

Who are the St. Margaret’s Bay Breakers?
The Breakers are a competitive swim team in the Upper Tantallon area. We practice in the outdoor pool at St. Margaret’s Centre from late June to mid-August. Last season the Breakers team had over 60 swimmers, three coaches, and an active and dedicated group of parents working behind the scenes to make the Summer run smoothly. We offer our swimmers the opportunity to develop their swimming skills, compete at swim meets and have fun in a team atmosphere. At each practice, the Breakers coaching staff instruct the swimmers in competitive swimming skills (starts, turns, relay takeovers, finishes) and strokes (freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly). The coaches also help familiarize the kids with the rules of the sport as well as swimming etiquette (sportsmanship, respect for the officials, meet rules and procedures). Often the older Breakers will assist in the running of the younger swimmers’ practices, which has produced a great sense of team camaraderie.

What happens in the summer swim season?
The summer swim season consists of small set of swim meets which adhere to Nova Scotia swim meet templates. The swim meets are held on the weekends. During the week days swimmers practice at their home facilities. The swim season culminates with the Provincials which is usually held in mid-August. 

What is Participation?
New swimmers who enter the sport of swimming start in what is known as Participation. During this time they will strive to demonstrate some basic technical skills and complete certain swimming events within a designated time based on their age. Once they have completed participation they will graduate to their age group and become regular swimmers. The swim meets offer participation swimmers a chance to swim in participation heats in their age group where they strive to graduate by demonstrating the ability to perform the minimum requirements.

What is the difference between Winter and Summer swimming?
Winter swimming takes place for most of the non-summer months and has the highest level of swimming.  The summer swim program takes place only during the summer months and is considered more of a recreation level. However winter swimmers are not permitted to swim in the Summer swim program without sitting out a full complete season first.  Thus summer swimmers are able to compete on a level playing field during the summer swim program. The winter swim program takes place for a significantly longer period of time and involves a much larger commitment to training and meets. Summer swimmers have a much smaller commitment for the short summer but may swim during the off-season (fall/winter) under rules prescribed by Swim Nova Scotia.