Mini Flippers Practice begins on Monday, June 18, 2018 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45am - 11:15am
The Mini-Flippers program prepares young swimmers to move up the regular swim team. Mini-Flippers practice with the team's coaches three times a week and are welcome to attend all team functions. A Mini-Flipper may move up to the regular team at any time during the season at the coaches' discretion.
The Mini-Flippers program is NOT a replacement for swim lessons. The Mini-Flippers program is designed to prepare young swimmers to participate in regular team events.
Mini-Flippers requirements are that the swimmer: 1. Is between 4 and 8 years old. 2. Can float on their stomach with their face in the water. 2. Can jump into deep water (over their head) unassisted. 3. Can swim the length of the pool (25 meters) unassisted (stroke need not be legal). 4. Wants to be in the water. 5. Can take direction from the coaches.
By the end of the Mini-Flipper season the coaches hope swimmers will be able to: 1. Float unassisted on their back. 2. Understand proper freestyle breathing (side breathing or rolling method) 3. Begin to learn the basic elements of backstroke and breaststroke.
We will once again offer a two-stage program for the minis; those who meet the above criteria will practice with Coach Stephanie in preparation for eventually joining the competitive team. Those who do not meet the above criteria will work with Coach Abby to develop readiness. Swimmers working with Coach Abby must be willing to put their head under water and must be able to take simple coaching direction.
A readiness screening for Mini-Flippers will be held Saturday, June 9, at 10:00am at the pool. Swimmers are screened by the coaches. If a swimmer is not ready for Mini-Flippers at this time, the coaches can make arrangements for private or small group swim lessons through the pool management company or with the Flippers coaches. In the event that a swimmer is not ready for Mini-Flippers, the registration fee will be refunded.
Please contact the team rep at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Our goal is a fun and productive season for our youngest swimmers.