Swim Team Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the cost of joining the SwimWest Sharks?

The cost for is $19.75 per lesson. Tuition is billed monthly based on the number of classes that will meet, prorating for holidays when SwimWest is closed.

How many days per week are we required to swim?

You can sign up for one practice (the one day per week has to be the same day every week) or you can add additional class times with additional tuition.

Do we get a discount for registering for multiple practices per week?

Yes, you do. SwimWest offers a multi-class discount when more than 2 or 3 classes are enrolled per student.

Can we do drop-in practices?

Drop-ins are definitely allowed and encouraged provided:
There is a spot available in the practice you would like to attend.
You are already signed up for practice on a different day.
You call ahead to secure your spot, as some practices may already be full. The drop-in fee is $19.75/practice for registered swimmers.

How many children swim during each swim team time?

Up to 14 swimmers are allowed per practice time.

Do the SwimWest Sharks swim by the season?

Our swim team follows the same calendar as our learn-to-swim levels.

Do we get a discount for having multiple children on swim team?

SwimWest offers a multi-class discount when 2 or more classes are enrolled each week.

How often are the swim meets?

SwimWest typically hosts 3 swim meets per year.

Do we have to pay extra to swim in meets?

Yes, there is a nominal fee to swim in each meet along with some paperwork. If you swim in the SwimWest Olympics, there is either a donation of an item for charity or a small fee. You can register for those meets at the front desk prior to the meet.

If we join the SwimWest Sharks, do we have to compete?

You are not required to compete as a member of the SwimWest Sharks. Competing is a choice that each swimmer and their parents can make. You are encouraged to join our internal swim meets.

What are your coach’s credentials?

Our coaches are certified through the American Swim Coaches Association, are USA Swimming certified, or are being supervised by USA Swimming Coaches.

Are parents required to help out at meets? How many?

For the internal SwimWest meets we do require that you volunteer if your child is competing.

How is your swim team different from other swim teams?

We are different in several ways:

  1. We have a maximum of 14 children to one coach at a time.
  2. You are not required to come to a certain amount of practices, but you are welcome to join extra practices if you choose. You can swim anywhere from 1 to 6 days per week.
  3. You can choose to attend and take part in swim meets or simply use practices as a time to keep in shape, continue to develop your stroke, and be a part of the team.
My child knows how to swim. What is the value of joining the Sharks? Why should they compete?

The Shark level is a great place to continue with stroke development as well as work on the elements of competition (starts, turns, and relays). It is also a good way to incorporate the atmosphere of a team without necessarily needing to compete. We are building skills that will help maintain a healthy lifestyle. Competing is an awesome motivator! If your child wants to be a better swimmer and is driven by challenge, the Shark level allows them to not only compete as an individual but as a team member as well.


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