Speed Mechanics and Navigate NIDES present APEX Institute for elite high school athletes

Introducing Vancouver Island's premier school for elite athletes.

At Speed Mechanics we understand the challenges that busy student athletes and parents are facing these days. Busy schedules, school courses, and timetables, transporting kids to numerous activities, and of course, COVID-19 restrictions present you with daily challenges.

It’s no secret that the various needs of high-performance athletes are difficult to meet in the regular school environment.

That’s why we’re excited to announce that Speed Mechanics is partnering with Navigate NIDES (North Island Distance Education School), one of British Columbia’s premier online learning schools, to bring APEX Institute to Victoria.

This partnership will be the ultimate game changer for student athletes and their busy parents.

APEX provides education and training options that honour the unique demands of elite athletes who are aiming at taking their academic and athletic careers to the highest level. The acronym represents the four types of education offered:


Our on-site classroom offers a dedicated place for prerequisite classes.


Intensive training and exercise with Victoria’s best coaches.


Online and selected courses for education focused on sports.


Hands-on learning that begins with concrete experience.

At APEX, student athletes are offered the opportunity to TRAIN and LEARN under one roof. In addition to our state-of-the-art speed training facility, students will have the opportunity to do their schoolwork in our on-site classroom. It is also our goal to have enough students taking Navigate NIDES courses that we’ll also be able to offer the services of an on-site teacher.

Opportunities for the student athlete

  • Flexible scheduling for school and training.
  • Professional coaches building sport-specific training plans.
  • Develop skills on and off the field to become an elite athlete and high-performer.

Since our students will be able to set their own training and school schedules as part of the APEX system, they no longer need to worry about any of these challenges–we allow student athletes the flexibility to organize their busy lives around their unique goals.


This strong partnership between Speed Mechanics and Navigate NIDES is the ultimate opportunity for high-performance athletes, capitalizing on the strengths of both organizations to offer an unprecedented value for the Island’s student athletes.

APEX Institute will be launched using a multi-phased approach.

PHASE 1: April – June 2021 (Quarter 4)

Most schools are presently operating on a quarter system where students take 2 courses every 10 weeks. It’s likely that a return to regular school timetables in the fall will not be a reality. To assist with that, APEX is offering the opportunity for student athletes to do some, or all, of their schoolwork in our classroom by replacing 1 or 2 of their school courses with Navigate NIDES online courses. This way, they can learn academic and athletic skills in an environment that values excellence in both.

PHASE 2: September 2021

Our goal for this phase is to have enough student interest to allow for the services of a teacher who will be available at APEX Institute to assist students with their Navigate NIDES courses.

Navigate NIDES distanced learning

Why Navigate NIDES?

Navigate NIDES has excelled over the past years in providing students the freedom to fulfill high school graduation requirements at their own pace, time, and place. They offer:

• A full slate of Ministry of Education approved academic online courses required for graduation.

• The PACE Program (Performance Athlete Custom Education)

All Navigate courses are free, online, and Ministry of Education approved courses that can be started and completed at any time during the calendar year. These courses help student athletes develop time management, self discipline, and technical skills required for college and university.


  • Replace mandatory Career Life courses with highly engaging athlete-oriented courses (eg. PACE CLE ATHLETE replaces CLE.)

  • Design PACE Independent Study (IDS) courses to gain graduation credits for the work they are doing at APEX as well as with their teams and coaches.

  • Design a personalized recruiting web page to promote themselves to colleges and universities in PACE Digital Communications.

Why Speed Mechanics?

Our emphasis is on education and building strong foundations while working at the right pace for each athlete’s ability. We believe that to learn best it’s not simply about showing up, but also becoming a part of the process. We promote a positive and engaging learning environment, and require athletes to teach and guide younger/newer athletes in order to level-up—in addition to demonstrating improved competency and performance.

Our coaches have performed and coached at the highest levels and have worked with Olympic, international, and national level athletes. As a result, we can develop the speed and strength required to compete at the highest levels, without compromising on long-term health or goals.

enrollment and pricing

Enrollment at APEX Institute costs $599/mo.

While there is no other facility on Vancouver Island that can offer all the advantages that APEX Institute can, we recognize that 2021’s phased approach may not be optimal for all our students, so we are offering $100 off during our early enrollment period.

Speed mechanics
AP Flex

$ 250
/ month
  • For athletes looking to add the extra edge to their training and can commit to 2-3 sessions. A graduated approach to maximizing their speed and reaching peak performance.
  • 2-3 training sessions/week
  • Increasingly individualized programs as we get to know your strengths
  • Performance testing & monitoring
  • 4-tier approach to levelling up
  • Performance reviews & progress tracking


$ 499
/ month
  • For high performing individuals who are dedicated to being a full-time student athlete. An immersive, personalized approach. Aligning education and athletics.
  • 5 days a week of combined classroom and training time
  • Sport specific programming
  • Off-field training designed to maximize on-field performance
  • Performance testing & monitoring
  • Individualized goal setting, benchmarking and actualization
  • Performance reviews & progress tracking

Speed mechanics

$ 350
/ month
  • For athletes looking to give it their all and commit to performing at the highest levels. A graduated approach. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.
  • Unlimited training sessions/week
  • Increasingly individualized programs as we get to know your strengths
  • Performance testing & monitoring
  • 4-tier approach to levelling up
  • Performance reviews & progress tracking