Membership Information

Membership Overview

  Mission Volunteer Commitment Code of Conduct  
  2018 Fees 2018 8 & U Assessments 2018 Registration Caps  


Looking for additional information?  Try our Program FAQs.



The Tidalwaves Swim Team is dedicated to providing access to the sport of swimming and a high quality competitive experience for members of our community to develop self-esteem, swimming skills, sportsmanship, and a strong sense of team spirit and achievement. We are open to swimmers of ALL ABILITIES ages 5-18.


Volunteer Commitment

Tidalwaves, and all teams in the Marin Swim League, depend on the active support of the swimmer’s parents during the season. At least one parent in each swimmer’s family is asked to work at swim meets in which the child participates, or assist with other team-related activities. During the course of a typical Saturday meet, at least 50 adults representing the HOME team are “on deck”. Throughout the season we have over 700 jobs filled by parent volunteers! Training will be provided for all jobs, and all volunteers need to check in at the Check In Desk at each swim meet.

Each family will be required to complete at least 18 points worth of volunteer service during the 2018 Tidalwaves season (~18 hrs.). The volunteer obligation is per family, regardless of the number of swimmers in the family.  Jobs must be chosen on-line. Each job assigned to a family, but not completed, will be assessed a $35 per point fine. It is the  responsibility of your family to know your assignments and to arrange a replacement if necessary.  For this purpose, all jobs and volunteer contact information will be posted on-line. If you prefer, your service commitment will be waived upon receipt of your “buy-out” payment in the amount of $600.

Job opportunities will be open for commitments as of February 21st and sign up pages can be found under the EVENTS/JOBS tab.  Please use the Event Category drop down and select "Volunteer Jobs" to see the sign up pages.  The categories of volunteer jobs are:  Full Season Jobs (18 points), Meet Jobs (5 points/each), Team Event Jobs (3 points/each), and Event Lead Jobs (13, 10, or 8 points).

For more information on volunteering, read our Volunteering page under our Program FAQ's.

To read the job descriptions for all the possible volunteer opportunities read our Job Descriptions  page (also under the Program FAQ tab).

For questions or issues with the sign-up system, volunteer points, buy-outs etc., please contact the Volunteer Coordinator (  For further information about a particular job, please contact one of the volunteer leads.


Code of Conduct

On our team, everyone – coaches, swimmers, referees and parents – has a responsibility to make our practices and meets fun for everyone by embodying the principles of good sportsmanship set forth in this plan. From the shyest to the most competitive, there is a place for everyone on the Tidalwaves.

Code for Swimmers

  • Treat all swimmers, coaches, spectators and referees as you would like to be treated.

  • Swim for the “fun of it” and not just to please your parents or coach.

  • Never argue with a referee or coach.

  • Control your temper. Physical or verbal abuse of other swimmers, coaches or officials will not be tolerated.

  • NEVER use foul or inappropriate language.

  • Demonstrate your commitment to the team.  Be on time to all practices and meets.

  • Appreciate good efforts, whether by your team or your opponent.

  • Win (or lose) with GRACE. A quitter never wins and a winner never quits.

  • Give 100% all the time, and know that how hard you try is more important than winning or losing.

  • When unsupervised, behave as you are expected to behave on the pool deck.


Code for Families and Parents

  • Exemplify good sportsmanship.

  • Never ridicule or shout at your child, or others, for making a mistake or losing a competition.

  • Applaud good efforts, whether by your team or your opponent, but refrain from coaching or directing swimmers during the meet or at practice.

  • Let the swimmers swim, the coaches coach, and the judges officiate.

  • Never question or argue with a referee or judge. Trust their judgment and integrity and recognize that they are volunteers.

  • Recognize the value and importance of coaches who devote an enormous amount of their time to help and educate your child. Respect and trust their judgment and strategy.

  • Communicate directly with the coach in a positive manner with concerns for your child, respecting their need to focus on the swimmers during meets or practice. E-mail and phone number is provided:, phone: 415-453-9563.

  • Help ensure that swimmers are on time to every meet and practice.

  • Be on time and prepared for all your volunteer commitments.

  • Do not talk to your children while they are practicing. Instead, talk to the coach if you need to get your child’s attention for an emergency.

  • NEVER use foul or inappropriate language.

  • Support an alcohol, drug and smoke-free environment.

  • Accept the results of each race. Encourage your child to be gracious in victory and turn defeat to victory by working towards improvement.


Disciplinary Plan for Unsportsmanlike Behavior

Any behavior by a swimmer or parent which does not meet the standards of the Code of Conduct may be deemed “Unsportsmanlike” and subject the individual to disciplinary action by the Tidalwaves Board of Directors. The Board will treat parent or swimmer misconduct and unsportsmanlike behavior very seriously. Our policy is intended to be “self-policing” in that we expect all Tidalwaves members to be on their best behavior at ALL times.

Parents and Swimmers are expected to comply with Tidalwaves’ Code of Conduct. Complaints or observations of behavior contrary to the Code should be documented and submitted to the Tidalwaves Board.

Please provide as much detail as possible with examples.  Please provide date, time and location of observations.  If possible, provide documentation from multiple sources.

The Tidalwaves Board reserves the right, at any point in the season, to dismiss a child from the team whose own behavior, or that of their parent, doesn’t adhere to the Code. Disciplinary action, including dismissal from the team may result if the Coaches or the Board are informed about behavior which reflects badly on the Tidalwaves team during team events.


2018 Registration Fees


If Registered before 2/1/2018

If Registered on or after 2/1/2018
Regular Season 1st Swimmer Fee $435.00 $460.00
Regular Season Additional Swimmers' Fee $410.00 $440.00
High School Season Swimmer Fee* $100.00 $100.00
Assessment Fee (only for NEW 8 & Unders) $5.00 $5.00
Waitlist Fee $5.00 $5.00
Tadpoles** $550.00 $550.00

* Note the High School Swimmer Season registration rate applies only to High School swimmers who, due to commitments to their high school team cannot begin practicing with Tidalwaves until the completion of their high school season in mid-May.

​** 'Additional Swimmer' discount not applied for Tadpole swimmers.  Higher tadpole rate due to higher coach to swimmer ratio.


2018 Registration Caps

Due to the popularity of our program, and capacity constraints at College of Marin, Kentfield and Redwood High School, Tidalwaves is again instituting caps on our registration numbers on an age group by age group basis.  If you attempt to register your child for an age group and receive a message that the age group is full, we suggest that you instead register for the Waitlist group and have your child attend Splash Week assessments.  If space opens up on the team (or we are successful in negotiating additional pool time) we will move swimmers from the waitlist to the team and you will be notified.

2018 8 & Under Program Readiness Assessments

Starting in 2015 we began requiring and scheduling assessments of New 8 & Under swimmers prior to charging the full registration fee and having the swimmer join the team.  This year we are scheduling early assessments for our newest and youngest swimmers on a Sunday afternoon at Redwood, as well as 2 weekday afternoons at College of Marin, Kentfield before Splash Week.  Why? 

Well, we are often asked if we think a child is ready for the team or if we think s/he should register for Tadpoles or the team.  Always good questions, but really ones that can only be answered through Coach assessment.  With our approach, you will register for a $5.00 assessment, then sign up for a time slot, receive the coach's assessment and know before the season starts if your young child can register for our team this year, our tadpole program (if the program time works for you), or continue to seek private lessons for your child and try again next year. 

The fee for an assessment is $5.00.  If Coach Marie feels that your child is ready for the team, she will advise you, we will move your child onto the team (or waitlist) and apply your $5.00 assessment fee toward the registration fee.

Please note that Assessments are only required for swimmers who will be 8 years or younger as of our first meet of the season (usually the last Saturday in April).    

What is the Assessment Schedule for the Spring Season?

Because Tidalwaves offers practice for our New 8 & Unders at both College of Marin, Kentfield and at Redwood, we will be assessing these two groups of swimmers separately, as shown in the chart below:


 Child's Practice Location Assessment Location Assessment Date Assessment Times
College of Marin, Kentfield   College of Marin, Kentfield*

February 13, 2018

​February 15, 2018

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

​2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Redwood Redwood February 4, 2018 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

*College of Marin, Kentfield Address:  835 College Ave, Kentfield.

**"Team Ready Assessment" time for NEW 8 & Unders is available during Splash Week if your swimmer cannot attend the February 4th, February 13th, or February 15th assessments.  However, we strongly encourage attendance at these earlier dates.  Even if your child cannot make the early assessment date, please choose "New 8 & Under Assessment" during registration anyway.  Anyone who registers to this group will have an opportunity to sign up for a 20 minute assessment time slot via Sign Up Genius.  You will be contacted and your registration will be completed after your child has been assessed as either ready for tadpoles or the team.

Answers to Popular Questions

If your child is a NEW 8 & Under, but is a "Tadpole Graduate," please check with Coach Marie directly on whether she would like to do a "Team Ready" assessment of your tadpole graduate before you register.

For determining your child's age, we use the date of our first dual meet, so age as May 5th for the 2018 season.

Your NEW 8 & Under swimmer's practice location is for you to choose.  COM is ideal for novice swimmers in their first or second year of swim team experience and who can make the earlier practice time.  Redwood will have both first and second year novice swimmers as well as more advanced 8 & Unders and practice starts later.  Of course they can go to either, but it is best for everyone (especially your swimmer) if you can try to stay consistent.

  • Practices for 'team level' swimmers are offered at College of Marin from 3:00 - 3:30 pm Tu, Th, FriIdeal for Bacich K-2nd graders.  And, yes, they will have the option to attend practice at Redwood as well--but it is better for everyone, including your child if you try to make all practices at one location.
  • Practice is offered at Redwood from 5:30 - 6:00 pm on Monday - Friday for our most novice 8 & Unders and from 5:30 - 6:15 for our more advanced 8 & Unders
  • Tadpoles is offered ONLY at College of Marin from 2:30 - 3:00 pm on T, TH, F.  We regret we do not have enough pool space to offer this program at a later time or at Redwood.