Please read the following frequently asked questions to see if you can find an answer. If not, email our Registrar at for more information.

How old does my child need to be to join?

At least 5 years old.

What swim skills do they need in order to join?

Your swimmer needs to be able to swim 25 meters of front crawl and backstroke without any assistance. That means no life jackets or physical help.

Junior Groups
Who do I tell if my child is sick or away?

Luckily, you don't have to let us know if your swimmer is not there once in a while. 

If your child is sick, please stay home until the symptoms are gone. If you are going to be away for a couple of weeks, please let us know so we don't miss you. 

As we are in a COVID safe swim program, your child's swim spot is assigned to them, which means we can't change swim days if you miss a practice due to sickness or being away.

How do I know if my child is ready to be a Piranhas?

Each new swimmer coming into the club, regardless of age, will do an assessment with the head coach to make sure they are placed in the right group. 

How much does it cost?

Rates vary between Winter and Summer and will change each year. 

2021/2022 Winter session is broken into 2 price points. 

The Leisure Pool is $365.00 for the younger groups; Mini Piranhas, Big Fish 1 and Big Fish 2.

The Lap pool is $390.00 for the older swimmers; Junior Splash, Junior Sprint, Intermediate and Senior. 

Waterpolo is $250 in the Lap pool.

What times and days are practices?

This varies between Winter and Summer. 

During Winter Maintenance, swimmers are allowed to swim with a coach for only 2 hours per week. This translates into two one-hour sessions. We offer a variety of days for swimmers to choose 2 days from. Please see the current schedule for Winter on the Practice Schedule page.


In Summer Season we swim up to 7 times a week, sometimes twice a day. Our younger groups usually have 2 swim options with a part time two-practice week or full time program five-practice week. Please look at the Summer Schedule on the Practice Schedule page when registration opens.

What if I am coming from another swim club?

If you are coming from another BCSSA swim club you will already be in the Active Registration program. Our coach will still do a swim assessment to make sure you are in the right group. Please email the Registrar. 

If you are coming from a Winter Club, please email the Registrar. 

How do I support my child in this sport ?

Please make sure your child has a snack before and after practice and a full water bottle that only they will use. Arrive at the pool with swim gear on. Having an extra swim cap or pair of goggles helps as many times items are left behind. Bring easy to wear clothes for afterwards so they can change quickly . Change rooms are now available.

Swimmers in Mini Piranhas , Big Fish 1 and Big Fish 2 need to be good listeners and follow the directions of the coach.

What do swim meets look like?

Due to COVID, meets have been postponed.

BCSSA, the British Columbia Summer Swim Association is a provincial swim association that has regions all over the province. The Saanich Peninsula Piranhas are in the Vancouver Island Region, also known as The Gators.

Swim meets are with other VI Region clubs that include Powell River, Campbell River, Courtney / Comox, Nanaimo, Duncan, Oak Bay, Juan De Fuca, Saltspring Island  and us, the Saanich Peninsula Piranhas. Typically each club takes a turn hosting a meet at their pool from June until August. Meets are almost every weekend and include family camping at each location.  


Swim meets are a ton of fun! Lots of swimmers form strong friendships with other club swimmers and enjoy hanging out, even while competing against each other. There is great food, 50/50 raffles, silent auctions and a strong sense of community spirit at each meet.  Each race costs a small amount and families are billed at the beginning of July and August for those that they attended. 

Where do I purchase the proper swim gear?

The Piranhas have an apparel sale once a year. Please watch the website for the date of the next one. Otherwise you can get a jammer or a training suit from Commonwealth Swim Shop or Team Aquatics if you know your size. Swim bags, caps and goggles are all available there too. Online stores are another place to shop. Kick boards and pull buoys are provided by the club.

Can I register a sibling of a returning swimmer during registration?

Please don't.  All new swimmers MUST be assessed by the head coach to determine readiness and skill level. This ensures safety and proper skill development.

I am not sure what group to register my child in. 

Please contact the registrar  at or the head coach at to find out BEFORE registering in Active.