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GUPPY

  1. General:  The Guppy group is our pre-competitive group and will introduce swimmers to the fun and excitement of competitive swimming.  Each Guppy will progress at their own rate and comfort level.  Some children may start off learning to blow bubbles, put their faces in the water, and float on their back while the more advanced children will be taught the basics of the four-stroke mechanics for freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, and breaststroke.  They will be introduced to some competitive racing skills such as starts, turns, and finishes.  The Guppies are taught by our mentors, which are the upper-level competitive swimmers on the team.  These mentors will guide your swimmer every step of the way to gain the confidence and skills needed in the water.  Some children may enjoy the Guppy group for multiple years until they are ready for the next step, competitive swimming, while other children may only need one summer and be ready to move on.  In order to move onto the next group, Freshman, a swimmer must be able to swim 25 yards of the pool unassisted of freestyle or backstroke.
  2. Ages:  Guppies can start as early as 3 years old, but must be potty trained.  CASL rules limit swimmers to the age of 18 years old.
  3. Practices:  Monday-Friday: 9:00-9:50am.  Swimmers should be ready and waiting for their mentors with bathing suits, caps, and goggles on, and ready to jump in at 9am.
  4. Equipment:  All Guppies, whether you are a boy or a girl will be required to wear a swim cap, goggles, and bathing suit during lessons.  A towel is recommended to dry off after practice.  The CAT competitive swim suit and caps are not required for this group.  Any other equipment utilized during the lessons will be on site at the pool for them to use.

STARFISH

  1. General:  The Starfish group is our non-competitive special needs group who are taught life skills in the water.  They will learn the basics such as how to put your face in the water, float, and kick.They will progress to learn the stroke mechanics of freestyle and backstroke.  The goal of our Starfish group is to provide an inclusive environment for swimmers to learn and participate in the water with their typical peers.  In addition to the life saving skills they will learn in the water, they will also build self-confidence, self-awareness, socialization and communication skills.  The Starfish will compete in a Saturday meet partnering up with a Big Brother or Big Sister from the competitive swim team.
  2. Ages:  Starfish are required to be potty trained and can range in age from 5 years old to 12 years old.
  3. Practices:  The group will practice during the month of June every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00-9:45am. Swimmers should be ready and waiting for their instructors with bathing suits and goggles ready to jump in at 9:00am.
  4. Equipment The Starfish group will be required to wear goggles and a bathing suit during swim practice.  A swim cap is not required, but highly recommended by the coaching staff.  A towel is recommended to dry off after practice.  The CAT competitive swim suit is not required for this group.  Adaptive equipment or assistive swim devices will be provided and used when swimmers need modifications in the water.

FRESHMAN

  1. General:  The Freshman group is our beginning competitive group.  They are able to swim, unassisted, 25 yards freestyle and backstroke.  Traditionally, this group consists of swimmers in their first or second year of competitive swimming.  Stroke mechanics will continue to be developed for freestyle and backstroke while introducing breaststroke and butterfly.  Competitive starts, legal turns, and finishes will be refined to prepare them for swim meets.  In order to advance to the next group, Junior group, a swimmer must be able to swim all four strokes legally and at a pace that would allow them to train with the next group.  Note:  All CAT USA Bronze Swimmers will be in the Freshman group.
  2. Ages:  The Freshman group can range in age from 4 years old to 18 years old.
  3. Practices:  Monday-Friday: 8:00-10:00am.  Swimmers should be ready, with bathing suits, caps, and goggles on ready to jump in at 8:00am.
  4. Equipment:  The Freshman group, whether you are a boy or girl, are required to wear a swim cap, goggles, and competitive bathing suit during practice.  Bikinis, board shorts, or any recreation suit of the like will not be allowed.  A towel is recommended to dry off after practice.  The CAT competitive swim suit and cap are required for this group to wear during swim meets.  Any other equipment utilized during practice will already be on site at the pool for them to use.

JUNIOR

  1. General:  The Junior group is our mid-level competitive group.  They can swim all four strokes legally including a competitive starts, appropriate and legal turns, and race finishes.  In this group stroke mechanics will continue to be refined for maximum efficiency in the water.  Advancement into the next group, Senior group, is determined by the coaching staff based on stroke mechanics, efficiency, endurance and interval training.  Note:  All CAT USA Silver or Silver B swimmers will be in the Junior group.
  2. Ages:  The Junior group can range in age from 8 years old to 18 years old.
  3. Practices:  Monday-Friday: 6:30-8:30am; arrive at 6:15am.  Swimmers are required to arrive 15 minutes prior to practice to setup the pool for practice.  
  4. Equipment:  The Junior group, whether you are a boy or girl, are required to wear a swim cap, goggles, and competitive bathing suit during practice.  Bikinis, board shorts, or any recreation suit of the like will not be allowed.  A towel is recommended to dry off after practice.  The CAT competitive swim suit and cap are required for this group to wear during swim meets.  Any other equipment utilized during practice will already be on site at the pool for them to use.

SENIOR

  1. General:  The Senior group is our most advanced competitive group and have swam competitively for a minimum of 5 years.  They swim all four strokes legally including competitive skills such as starts, turns, and finishes.  In this group stroke mechanics will continue to be refined for maximum efficiency in the water.  Note:  All CAT USA Gold swimmers will be in the Senior group.
  2. Ages:  The Senior group can range in age from 11 years old to 18 years old.
  3. Practices:  Monday-Friday: 6:30-8:30am; arrive at 6:15am, Tuesday: 6-7:30pm; arrive at 5:45pm, Saturday: 8:00-10:00am; arrive at 7:45am.  Swimmers are required to arrive 15 min prior to practice to setup the pool for practice.
  4. Equipment:  The Senior group, whether you are a boy or girl, are required to wear a swim cap, goggles, and competitive bathing suit during practice.  Bikinis, board shorts, or any recreation suit of the like will not be allowed.  A towel is recommended to dry off after practice.  The CAT competitive swim suit and cap are required for this group to wear during swim meets.  Any other equipment utilized during practice will already be on site at the pool for them to use.

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