Membership Information

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 below.

 

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 our Head Coach. We look forward to having you be a part of our great organization!


For questions about joining NSAC, please contact our Registrar.

registrar@nsmakos.org 

Head Coach Rory  Coplan at 612-839-5876

 

 

FAQ’s

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 based on?

Placement in 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 in?

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?

The number 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 hours.

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 each summer.

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 coaching staff?

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 page.


Q:  Does NSAC attend swim meets, and if so, is attendance at these meets required?

We do 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.
 
Click here for the current monthly fees schedule.


Q:  How do I sign up?

Please select How to register under the Join tab.

Q:  
Returning NSAC swimmers:  

      Please select How to register under the Join tab.
 

 

 registrar@nsmakos.org 

Head Coach Rory  Coplan at 612-839-5876

 

Our mailing address:

NSAC

855 Village Center Drive #302

North Oaks, MN 55127