Camana Bay kids making waves

Swimmers as young as four up to 12 years old from the Camana Bay Aquatic Club completed the LIME 800m Open Water Swim last week at Public Beach.

With 10 trophies and a number of personal best times, coach Katie Lambert was pleased with her swimmers’ performances. She said: “I was so proud of all the swimmers, they were really excited about the race and seeing all the smiles at the end was amazing. It was also great to watch the kids cheer each other on.

“We have a strong team bond that we all cherish. There were lots of personal best swims and some of the kids even surprised themselves by taking more than 10 minutes off their previous top times.

“With increased confidence, they are now looking forward to tackling more open water races. Their vast improvement over a relatively short period is an indicator of great things to come for swimming in Cayman.”

The Camana Bay Aquatic Club trains at the Camana Bay pool located near the Cayman International School campus. The club has 5 groups based on ability for swimmers ages 5-18. In Novice C, junior swimmers focus on balance, kicking and moving in the water. Novice B then introduces them to the four competitive strokes with an emphasis on body positioning, kicking and pulling patterns.

In Novice A, they develop competition skills including turns, starts and race etiquette. Swimmers graduate from the novice programme with a basic skills set and move into Age Group B to begin learning the finer elements of technique.

Training focuses on all four strokes at different event distances to increase conditioning and ability. The club’s most competitive swimmers train in Age Group A and attend a minimum of five practices per week. Always aware of their personal best times, they aim towards qualifying for advanced level swim meets.

With an overriding emphasis on teamwork, the Camana Bay Aquatic Club provides a positive environment for young swimmers to hone their skills and achieve their goals.

Some of the swimmers will be out again on Saturday at the Butterfield 800m swim. The race starts as usual from Governor’s Beach at 4pm and registration is from 3-3.45pm. Last year Olympic swimming brothers Shaune and Brett Fraser competed and, of course, were first and second respectively.

For more information, contact Jeffrey Wight at 604.3641 or [email protected]