Canadian Sport Institute & PacificSport Carding - Athlete and Coach Registration

Swim BC seeks to align its performance objectives with Swimming Canada in developing athletes, including following the Swimming Canada Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model towards the High Performance outcome of athletes with one or more Top 8 world rankings, with continual progression towards, and the achievement of, Olympic podium performances.

Swim BC assists in the development of athletes through its Provincial Team camps and competitions, as well as providing enhanced services to select targeted athletes. Swim BC nominates selected athletes and their coaches as outlined below for enhanced programs and services support through the Canadian Sport Institute and the network of PacificSport Regional Centres in BC. 

Commonly referred to as "Provincial Carding", this is now known as "Canadian Sport Institute & PacificSport - Athlete and Coach Registration", modeled after the Sport Canada AAP carding, and provides Senior international-level athletes with funding and resources to pursue excellence. The Canadian Sport Institute & PacificSport registration is broken into levels, each with a slate of designated services, some of which are free and others of which are provided on a fee-for-service basis. Please click here for an outline of Athlete and Coach Programs and services.  

Targeted Swimmers and their coaches are nominated by Swim BC based on the athlete criteria below. Any enquiries regarding these selection criteria can be made to Swim BC Provincial Coach, or designate.  

Once you have been selected, you will be notified of your selection by the Swim BC Provincial Coach, or designate, and will be provided with information on how to register with your local Canadian Sport Institute or Pacific Sport Regional Centre. 

Athletes and coaches must register with their local centre to initiate the process, which will provide them with their athlete or coach card, which in turn, enables them to take advantage of the programs and support services to which they are entitled.

There are four different levels of athlete carding offered for both able-bodied and para-swimmers.

Able-Bodied Swimmer Canadian Sport Institute/Pacific Sport Registration Criteria

Canadian Development

  • Defined as one of the following:

    • Swimmers born in 1999 and earlier who are within 2% of the age-aligned 2017-2020 Swimming Canada On-Track3 times; or

    • Swimmers named to a Swimming Canada Senior International Team for World Championships, Olympic Games, Pan Pacific Championships, or Commonwealth Games

  • Exclusions: Athletes who are Sport Canada carded

Provincial Development Level 1:

  • Swimmers born in 2000-2003 who are within 2% of age-aligned 2017-2020 Swimming Canada On-Track3 times

    • Relay lead-offs and time trial performances outside of Swimming Canada will not be considered for selection.

Provincial Development Level 2:

  • Swimmers born in 2000-2003 who are within 3% of age-aligned 2017-2020 Swimming Canada On-Track3 times

    • Relay lead-offs and time trial performances outside of Swimming Canada will not be considered for selection.


Para-Swimming Canadian Sport Institute/Pacific Sport Registration Criteria

Para-swimming criteria will be based on long-course performances by swimmers who are Nationally classified, and only in Paralympic / IPC World Championship events specific to their sport class. 

Canadian Development Level 1:

  • Defined as a Swim BC member who receives Sport Canada / Swimming Canada carding

Canadian Development Level 1a:

  • Defined as a Swim BC member who has scored 700+ performance points in a single IPC event, using Swimming Canada's points formula

Provincial Development Level 1:

  • Defined as a Swim BC member who has scored 600-699 performance points in a single IPC event, using Swimming Canada's points formula

Provincial Development Level 2:

  • Defined as a Swim BC member who has scored 450-599 performance points in a single IPC event, using Swimming Canada's points formula