The Fort Frances Aquanaut Swim Team is gearing up for the 2017-18 season.
Head coach Dawnn Taylor said the squad is taking a slower approach as it kicks off the summer rust.
“We start out real slow to get everyone back into the working aspect of it again, getting their muscles back,” she noted last week.
“What we're doing a lot is technique right now and building up endurance.”
The number of Aquanauts is up this season, with 10 new faces joining the team, making a total of 40 encompassing a wide range of age groups.
Taylor said a few of her senior swimmers have moved on to university, so getting her more youthful squad to learn proper techniques is something she's working on diligently.
“Just building confidence, getting race pace down so that they're not just going all out in the first couple of lengths, then having to suck it up for the last couple,” she remarked.
"So working on more mature, idealistic racing strategy is where I think we're at with this group.
“Just learning how to strategize your race, learning how to filter what's important, what's not important, and learning to zone in on what you have to do,” she explained.
The Aquanauts' first swim meet of the season is slated for Nov. 25-26 in Thunder Bay, the Northwest Narwhals Allstate Invitational, which will be held at the Lakehead University pool.
Is there anything the team does differently to prepare for such meets?
“If it's a regional meet or a meet that's more developmental, we don't taper at all prior to it,” Taylor noted.
"If it's a large meet, a qualifying meet, we do a taper, which is considered to be less mileage or less metres but faster times so we don't build up any lactic acid.
“We burn all that stuff out,” she added.
“We go for speed and burning it through fewer miles just to keep them from getting bogged down when they do the race.”
Taylor is confident in her team heading into this swim season, though she's not expecting them to be world-beaters.
“I think the team is going to do really well this year,” she enthused.
“We're not going to be busting any rockets and I don't see that we'll doing anything like provincials or anything like that, but we'll see what happens.”
The Cyclone Swim Club, meanwhile, also will kick off its season at the Northwest Narwals Allstate Invitational.
Head coach Debbie Murray noted eight-10 of her swimmers will attend.
The Cyclone have 54 members in total this season, she added.