Thank you for your interest
in joining one of the North Suburban Aquatic Club’s many
attractive programs. We offer programs for swimmers of all
ages and skill levels. Please see the details
Information regarding the
club and its Board of Directors can be found on this
website, Please look around, and if
you have any additional questions at all about NSAC, please contact
Coach. We look forward to having you be a part of our
For questions about joining
NSAC, please contact our Registrar.
Coplan at 612-839-5876
Q: How many different groups does NSAC have and what is
the difference between them?
Here at NSAC, we have
eight different programs ranging from our introduction to
competitive swimming program for young children to
our Master's program for adults. Each program
is specifically designed to meet the individual needs and
abilities of your swimmer. Our goal is to have each swimmer
in a group and with a coaching staff that focuses on the things
that he or she needs to improve. For detailed information
regarding each of these programs, please select training groups
under the Team info tab.
Q: Who decides
what program my swimmer is placed in and what is this decision
all of our programs is determined by the coaching staff with the
best interest of each swimmer in mind. The decision regarding
placement depends on a number of criteria, but the ability level of
each swimmer is the most important factor. It is our goal to
never place a swimmer in a program for which they are not ready, as
this will harm their long term development.
The age of a swimmer is also a factor that is considered when
determining placement, but usually still only in the context
of ability. For example, a 14 year old starting out swimming
for the first time will likely still be a much stronger
swimmer than an 8 year old just beginning, so they would not be
placed in the same program. We also understand that
associating with other kids of the same age is a large part of the
fun that our swimmers have, so every effort will be made to keep
swimmers in their same peer group.
Q: How will I know what program to enter my swimmer
Because placement is based mostly on individual
ability and age, we cannot accurately know which program is best
for your swimmer until our coaching staff sees him or her
swim. For this reason, we use the first week or two
weeks that a swimmer is with the club to determine
which program is best for each swimmer. Until then, however, to get
the best idea about which program a swimmer will likely belong in,
we encourage you to speak to our Head Coach.
Q: How often do you practice and where?
and duration of practices depend on each program. In general,
our Bronze and Silver Teams will meet 5 practices per
week for 1 - 1 1/4 hours Gold Team 6 days per week for 1 1/2 - 1
3/4 hours, Juniors Team six practices per week for 2
hours and Senior and National Team will swim 9 times
per week for 2 - 2 1/2 hours. The Masters and High School
Maintenance groups have 3-6 practices per week for 1 1/4 - 1 1/2
We swim out of the District 621 schools, including the pools at
Irondale High School, Chippewa Middle School, and Edgewood Middle
School. During the summer, our long-course practices will
also include swimming at other area 50-meter pools as scheduled
Current practice times and locations are available on the website
under "Practice Calendars". Every effort is made to post the
calendar a month in advance.
Q: Are practices required?
None of our
practices are required (except for the National group which does
carry an attendance requirement for participation), although
attendance at the recommended levels is strongly encouraged, as the
more time a swimmer spends in the pool, the quicker they will learn
the skills they need to advance to the next program.
Q: Where can I find more information on NSAC’s
Here at NSAC, we pride
ourselves on having an enthusiastic, well trained and
professional coaching staff. Each of our programs has a
Lead Coach that is ASCA (American Swimming Coaches Association)
certified. In addition, NSAC also has several assistant
coaches who work at all levels to provide as much coaching to our
swimmers as possible. For detailed biographies on all members
of our coaching staff, please select the coaches
Q: Does NSAC attend
swim meets, and if so, is attendance at these meets
consider ourselves to be a competitive swim club, so attending swim
meets is an important part of our learning and growing process. Our
Competitive programs attend one or two meets per month
(meets for our adult Masters program are occasionally offered as
well), and while we do not require attendance at any of our meets,
we do strongly encourage swimmers to participate in as many as
they can as requested by their lead coach.
Q: How much does it cost?
Our fees vary based
primarily on the amount of practice offered per week and level of
coaching offered at each program level. We also offer multiple
swimmer discounts for those families with multiple swimmers in our
programs and a discount for swimmers new to the Club.
current monthly fees schedule.
Q: How do I sign up?
Please select How to register under the Join tab.
Q: Returning NSAC
Please select How to register under the Join
Coplan at 612-839-5876
Center Drive #302
North Oaks, MN