What we are all About

Welcome to the Ladner Stingrays Swim Club!

Ladner Stingrays is a non-profit club dedicated to promoting and developing amateur swimming in Ladner. The club offers children the opportunity to develop their skills, compete in local, regional and provincial swim meets, make new friends, and have fun!

Ladner Stingrays are members of the British Columbia Summer Swimming Association (BCSSA).

The club’s mandate is to promote and develop competitive swimming in the Ladner area.

The Stingray season runs from the beginning of May to the middle of August. The Club is open to children aged 4 to 18, who have completed Red Cross Swim Kids 3 (7 years and older) or Whales (6 years and younger) and are able to swim 15 meters in deep water unassisted.  We also have an introductory Little Stingrays program for children aged 4-6 and Masters (19 and up).

Competitive Summer Swimming

Swimmers compete in separate divisions, which are determined by the swimmer’s age on April 30th of the current year.

Legal proof of age (birth certificate, passport or care card) is required for all swimmers not previously registered with BCSSA.

Division 1       8 and under
Division 2       9 to 10 1/2
Division 3       10 1/2 to 12
Division 4      12 to 13 1/2
Division 5       13 1/2 to 15
Division 6       15 and 16
Division 7       17 to 19
Division 8       20 and over

To determine which Division your child will be in, visit our age locator link.

At most swim meets, separate events for swimmers 6 years and under are also offered.  The divisions are often also separated into “A” times and “B” times, so swimmers can compete against those with similar times.

New Swimmers

New swimmers who are not yet competitive, are referred to as “development” swimmers.  They are instructed in the four basic swimming strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Swimmers are encouraged to develop their skills in a positive, caring environment. Fun, good sportsmanship and safety are stressed.

Development swimmers are encouraged to attend a number of development meets held during summer. This allows them to get a feel for competitive swimming, without pressure or disqualifications. These meets are generally held on weekday afternoons and are open only to new swimmers or returning swimmers with “B” times.

Development swimmers are welcome to try the more competitive weekend meets when the coach, swimmer and parents feel they are ready to participate.

Little Stingrays

Little Stingrays is intended for kids 4-6 years of age who love the water! They should be able to propel themselves through the water, float and jump in on their own. The program will run June –  early August and the children swim 3 times per week with a small group focus to teach the basics of competitive swimming.


Masters is for adults wishing to develop their swimming, beginner to competitive.  Choose one or two days a week to work on your strokes, develop your fitness and have fun with other parents and adults.

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