Nutrition with CSI-Pacific

We are very excited to announce that we have worked with the  Canadian Sport Institute - Pacific to bring nutrition education to the Vancouver Pacific Swim Club.

We asked Genevieve Masson of the Canadian Sport Insitute to not just provide Nutritional information to the swimmers, but to also include the PARENTS so that we can have a positive influence on the nutritional needs for the athletes both at the pool and at home.

Fueling for training and life:

The following slide decks provide information on the foundation of Sports Nutrition, how feuling what and when you eat will affect your ability to maximize your training results.

Fuel for Swimming Training

Breakfast Ideas

Fueling for racing:

The following slides will help you undertand how to optimize your fueling to perform your best at swim meets.

Fuel for Swim Meets

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Brian Johns.

Proactive Performance Enhancement Program 

The Coaches and Board are pleased to announce the Proactive Performance Enhancement Program.  The program is unique to VPSC and is designed as an additional benefit for the coaches and athletes to maintain and reach higher performance levels. 

The Proactive Performance Enhancement Program, included in yearly club fees, is focused and based on activation programs used by the Canadian National Swim Team.  The program is developed and overseen by Ron Mattison, Zenya Kasubuchi and Elliot Usher who are recognized internationally as experts in their fields of Physiotherapy and Kinesiology.  Ron is a key member of Canada’s National Swim Team staff, Zenya has worked with various national programs such as men’s hockey and cycling and Elliot is a key member of Canada’s Women’s Field Hockey staff.  All above will be assisted by top people from their circle to work with VPSC to assist in the implementation and support of the program.

Under our coaches, Physiotherapists and Kinesiologists will be on deck at regularly scheduled practices to assist in working with our athletes, observing and educating all in proper techniques and exercises.  The program will enable each swimmer to maximize their potential by becoming better athletes in and out of the water with high quality supervision that will include 1 coach/therapist for every 7-10 swimmers.  

In addition to the supervised deck program, there are athlete assessments provided by the Allan McGavin Centre at UBC where each athlete will be assessed at the beginning, midway and at the end of the training season.  Watch for sign up on the Meets & Events page.  

Director of Swimming Brian Johns comments; “Proper education, understanding and technique are required at all levels of athlete development, including on deck and in water training.  By adding this program, we are building on our commitment to ensure the long-term athlete development of our swimmers in order to enhance their ability to compete at the local, provincial, national and international level.  All involved in VPSC are excited and proud to be the first community swim club in Canada to offer a program such as this to our members and are confident the program will have positive long term benefits to all involved”

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Brian Johns, or Board Member Don Currie .

Prehab Exercises

In the screening, athletes were given the following prehab exercises.   These should be completed every day as a routine separate from your training sessions.  The goal is to improve on areas highlighted in the screenings by the next assessment date at the beginning of December.  


Whole Body

Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD)

Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) is Swimming Canada's general framework of athlete development with reference to growth, maturation and development, trainability, and sport system alignment and integration. It provides a developmentally appropriate structure for the development of skills across physical, technical, tactical, mental and lifestyle categories.

Swimming Canada - LTAD Strategy Paper 

Swim BC - LTAD Resources