New swimmers must be 5 years old by May 31, 2019 and be able to pass our swim evaluation. New swimmer evaluations will be Wed 4/10 4:00 - 4:30 pm and 7:00 - 7:30 pm, and Sat 4/13 & 4/20 11:30 am - 12:30 pm at Garden Hills Pool. You may come at any time on any date - no appointment is needed. And yes - the pool is heated!
All swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards across the deep end of the pool without assistance in order to participate on the team. They can swim any style, but they should be able to swim on their front using both arms and legs, and they should not be afraid to put their face in the water. They may take as much time as they need to get across, but they may not stop to hold onto the wall or the lane ropes. We are not evaluating technique as much as endurance and confidence for the safety of the swimmer in a large group practice environment.
Do not wait until the evaluation to register your child for the team! If you wait, registration may be full.
Wait list swimmers must also pass an evaluation by 4/20 to be eligible for placement on the team.
Swimmers who do not pass the evaluation by the last evaluation date (4/20) will have their registration cancelled and will receive a full refund (unless other arrangements for evaluation have been made). Please make every effort to attend one of the scheduled evaluation dates! If you are unable to attend one of these sessions, please contact us at before 4/20 to arrange an appointment to have your child evaluated.
Swimmers who don't quite have the confidence or skill to participate on our summer team are highly encouraged to try our Shark Pups junior swim team or our Fall Swim Team. Please see the "Shark Pups" tab or the "Fall Team" tab for more details.
Due to large numbers in our younger age groups last year, we are planning to be stricter with our evaluations this year - if you are worried your child may not pass, we strongly recommend enrolling in our Stroke Clinic (in the new "Welcome to Swim Team" group) in April. Click here for details.