PASA is a competitive swim team offering training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages who have learned all four competitive strokes. It is the goal of the Palo Alto Swim Club to offer age-specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of their abilities.
Tryouts are scheduled by appointment only by contacting the Coach for the appropriate age group. You may also click here to send us an email request for more information.
All swimmers are required to pay an annual registration fee of $225 per swimmer which covers United States Swimming (USA) registration, insurance and administration fees. Families with three or more swimmers received a $50 discount per swimmers for the third (and additional) swimmers. Annual registration fees are collected when the swimmer submits their registration forms.
Swimmers who join the team in March, April, May or June are required to pay a registration fee of $125 per swimmers. This fee is additionally discounted for any swimmers who join PASA-Rinc that are currently registered with USA swimming.
Swimmers who are joining PASA-Rinc should refer to the PASA website for transfer policies and forms.
Minnows must be at least 5 years old to join this starter group of the PASA team with at least summer league experience on a swim team. Swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards of freestyle with bilateral breathing & backstroke, be able to kick 50 yards continuously, breaststroke and butterfly kick, & dive from the side. The Minnows will focus on learning the basics of all four strokes and basic dives to race the 25's of each stroke. Swimmers must be able to listen to & take instruction for 30 minutes.
Turtles are new or younger 8+U swimmers. The emphasis in Turtles is further development of the four competitive stroke techniques, training and competition skills, and learning to work within a group. In addition to the requirements for Minnows, Turtles must be able to dive from the blocks and hold a streamline. Race focus is on the 25's & 50's for each stroke. Competition is expected at team-wide meets as well as Pacific Swimming meets.
Dolphins are returning 8 +U swimmers with "A" times (race experience required.) Emphasis is on continued stroke work, intro to drill progressions, racing dives from the blocks, pace clock training, and competing at meets in all 8+U events. Swimmers are expected to leave the wall in the appropriate manner & follow instruction while treating others with respect. Advancing to Sharks (space permitting) requires official times in all stroke 50's,100 Free & IM, as well as the ability to complete the Sharks workout with intervals.
Before coming to tryout, 9 and 10 year olds must be USA Swimming legal to a high level, in all four competitive strokes, and be able to do a flip turn and racing dive from the blocks. Having swim team experience is strongly advised. Swimmers in this group have mostly 9-10 B times and some A times. Stroke technique and race patterns are emphasized, endurance and overall fitness is improved as we build the concept of team unity and support. Goals are to achieve Junior Olympic and Far Western Times.
Swimmers in this group should attend at least four practices a week. Swimmers in this group are expected to compete in meets monthly. 75% practice attendance and regular meet participation are required to remain in the group.
Killer Whale swimmers are experienced 9-10 year olds who have demonstrated a commitment to swimming as a competitive sport. Killer Whales are mostly JO swimmers, with at least one FW time or very close. Swimmers in this group focus on developing through precision, aerobic work, and above all else, FUN!!!!
Killer Whales have competitive swim team experience, either on PASA, from a summer league team, or from another USA Swimming program. Swimmers in this group should attend at least four to five practices a week. Competitions are required to remain in the group.
Coach: Kohei Asano · Fees: $170/month
Varsity is for swimmers 12 through 14 years of age. The emphasis is primarily to give swimmers valuable stroke and technical improvements to prepare them for continuing with their swimming at a less competitive level. Meets are offered and encouraged.
Coach: Ben Chung· Fees: $155/month
Age Group swimmers are 11-12 year old swimmers. Most have year-round swim team experience, but are also committed to other activities in addition to swimming. Age Group swimmers are capable of swimming all 4 competitive strokes consistently without disqualification.
We put a big emphasis on stroke technique and aerobic training within a short workout. This group is geared towards swimmers who are continuing to learn skills such as clock management, some advanced drills, flip turns and starts. Participation in swim meets and other activities is strongly encouraged.
Coach: Ben Chung· Fees: $160/month
Advanced Age Group swimmers are experienced 11-12 year old swimmers, most have achieved JO times or above and all are committed to swimming and competing in meets.
We continue to work on stroke technique, but we add race strategy and overall stroke balance. Swimmers develop swimming skills, as well as life skills through athletics. Goal setting and achievement are taught and monitored in this group.
We train for 400 IM and 500 free and try to balance best and worst strokes to eliminate weaknesses and provide more opportunities for development into senior swimming.
Coach: Ricky Silva· Fees: $180/month
The group is made up of 13-14 year olds of a variety of levels, from JR+ to National swimmers, and is designed for swimmers who have made a commitment to year round swimming and wish to excel in this competitive sport. Junior+ swimmers will compete in the senior (and above) level of Pacific Swimming, and are expected to meet attendance and other requirements during the course of the season.
Coach: Tony Batis · Fees: $220/month
The Senior Group is comprised of high school and college-age kids.