Long-term Athlete Development

Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) is an approach to athletic advancement that prioritizes optimal skill development, training, competition, and recovery throughout an athlete’s career, not just during the peak of her competitive period. LTAD puts particular focus on the important growth and development years of an athlete’s career, ensuring that swimmers are able to compete and enjoy swimming throughout their lives while achieving at their highest level.

There are five reasons to embrace an LTAD model:

  • To establish a clear swimmer development path
  • To identify gaps in the current swimmer development path
  • To realign and integrate programs for developing swimmers and swimming in British Columbia
  • To provide a planning tool, based on scientific research, for coaches, parents, and administrators
  • To guide planning for optimal performance

The principles of LTAD will be used to review existing swimming initiatives led by Swim BC and Swimming/Natation Canada, and inform any future initiatives. We hope that all swimming providers will use LTAD in a similar way, which will enable the swimming community to come together to achieve our provincial and national goals.

For more information on LTAD, please review the Canadian Sport For Life Parents’ Guide and the Swimming Canada Long-Term Athlete Development Strategy

Swim BC gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.


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