Jimmy Thompson Swimmer Participaiton Program

The Jimmy Thompson Swimmer Participation Program provides participants with a no-cost, barrier free swimming and fitness program.  The goal of the program is to introduce participants to the wonderful world of competitive swimming. Every child in Hamilton should have the opportunity to learn to swim, regardless of their ability to pay.  HAC, along with our partners at the Boys and Girls Club and Jumpstart, are thrilled to provide this opportunity.

The Jimmy Thompson Swimmer Participation program engages youth to participate through the Boys & Girls Club, City Recreation Centers, Schools and Member referrals. Just like 'Jimmy Thompson did" we attempt to make this program barrier free.  New for 2023, HAC will be accepting all youth aged 4 and older.


  • One weekly swim practice over a 10-week session.
  • Learn the four competitive strokes (Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke & Butterfly)
  • Learn technical skills like dives, flip turns, breathing patterns and skills related to competitive swimming.
  • Session dates:
    • January 30 - April 7 (Off March Break, March 13-19)
    • April 10 - June 16
    • September 25 - November 30
  • Swimmers select a Tuesday OR Thursday practice time
  • Report cards distributed at the end of ten week session
  • Stroke correction and feedback during each practice!
  • Youth will be able to maneuver through several 'levels' of programming, within the same practice time.


  • Jimmy Thompson Swim Program - Registration Opens September 11,2023 
    • Registration is completed through the Boys & Girls Club
    • $5 annual fee upon registration (fee is not mandatory and can be waived)
  • ​Communications will be managed by the Hamilton Aquatic Club, including attendance and report cards.

For more information contact HAC Coordinator, Tatum Kewley or BGC Aquatic Supervisor, Heather McIlveen.