As a club we aim to align our training and support of our athletes with the Long Term Athlete Development model. This model outlines recommendations for designing sport programs to foster healthy sport activity for all life stage. See below for more information.


CS4L (Canadian Sport for Life)

Canadian Sport for Life is a movement to improve the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada. The CS4L organization links sport, education, recreation and health and aligns community, provincial and national programming. CS4L also provides resources for coaches, parents, educators and health practitioners.

Canadian Sport for Life has also developed the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model to help guide sport organizations across Canada in delivering life-long sport programming.

LTAD (Long Term Athlete Development)

The Canada Artistic Swimming Long Term Athlete Development Model consists of 8 stages:

    • Stage 1: Active Start (5-6 years)
    • Stage 2: FUNdamental (girls 6-8, boys 6-9)
    • Stage 3: Learn to Train (girls 8-11, boys 9-12)
    • Stage 4: Train to Train (girls 11-15, boys 12-16)
    • Stage 5: Train to Compete (girls 15-18+, boys 16-19+)
    • Stage 6: Learn to Win (girls 18+, boys 19+)
    • Stage 7: Perform to Win (girls 18+, boys 19+)
    • Stage 8: Sync for Life (enter at any age)

Source: Canada Artistic Swimming LTAD Framework 2.1
      Stages 1-3 develop physical literacy before puberty so children have the basic skills to be active for life. Physical literacy also provides the foundation for those athletes who pursue elite training in one sport or activity after age 12.
      Stages 4-7 provide elite training for those who specialize in one sport and compete at the highest level. These athletes maximize their physical, mental and emotional development.
      Stage 8 is about staying Active for Life through lifelong participation in sport or physical activity.


Nova Artistic Swimming focuses on delivering programs between the Active Start and Train to Compete stages.


      For more information regarding LTAD check out the links below: