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About the Iguanas

Iguanas Swim Club- Since 1995

We have never turned anyone away for inability to pay and are willing to work with families who need a discount- but no swimmers will be allowed to participate without registering first.  

Members are encouraged to develop sportsmanship in addition to their swimming skills. Member families work collectively as a team with emphasis on creating good swimmers and good people outside the pool. Iguanas practice between 2 and 12 hours per week depending on age, experience and goals

The Iguanas  swim at  Roosevelt High School (3426 W. Wilson, 5:30 PM- M thru F) , Northeastern Illinois U (Foster at St. Louis, 4:30 PM- Tues and Thurs) and Jones Prep (700 S. State St.-6:15 PM M thru Thurs).   New and novice members should plan on 2 or 3 days a week and experienced and more competitive swimmers will practice up to 6 times a week.

Coaches are certified by USA Swimming and the American Swim Coaches Association. The staff is actively supported with educational efforts in order to bring the best coaching and teaching practices to our participants.

 

Road To Minnesota from Andrea Esperon on Vimeo.

Iguanas team members overcome their shyness in their quest to post top results at the MYAS Regional Meet at University of Minnesota.

 FAQ's for PARENTS!!!

Q. When does the  fall season begin? How long does it last?

A.  Our try-outs and evaluations begin  September 11th. The season goes through the end of February and into March for certain qualifiers for championship meets.We also offer spring and summer sessions.

 

Q. This will be my child's first year. Do they need to attend every practice?

A. No. They do need to attend consistently  2x/week for 8 and Unders and 3x/week for 9-12 year olds.  We understand that some weeks they may not be able to because of other activities. We hope as they progress they may choose swimming as their favorite activity and may then make a larger commitment!

Q. Is there a parent volunteer requirement?

A. Yes. We need parents to help at the swim meets we host or serve on a committee. We also have a rotating schedule of timers for away meets.

Q.  How do practices and meets work? What do they need for their first practice?

A. Please send them with 2 pairs of goggles and have them wear their suit under their clothes to the pool- and then change to dry clothes after. They should also bring a refillable water bottle with name on it and their TYR Crossblade fins. They do not need a special suit right away. For more info on meets take a look at the Team Handbook!

  •  We recommend our TEAM STORE for swim equipment and team suits. Our team policy should you join is to always have 2 pairs of goggles with you at each practice and the TYR Crossblade Fins that you will have to purchase.  
  • Swimmers in our advanced Bronze 2/Silver training groups are encouraged to purchase a mesh bag and Finis Glide Swimmer's Snorkel (Front-Mount)
    • ​Mesh bag and any equipment can be stored at the pool by members. Please have equipment/bag marked with names!

Q. Do I have to register before tryouts?

A. If you are a new first year family and not particularly sure that your child is ready or qualified for the team then you may attend tryout week or a practice before registration and payment.

Q. Do we need to attend every meet?

A. No, but keep in mind that meets are an important part of the swim team experience. We encourage newest and youngest swimmers to attend at least a minimum schedule that includes meets we host and those geared to novice swimmers. When the meet schedule is out in September we will be sure to point out the ones geared for new participants.We offer a variety of locations and host home meets as well as attending local travel meets.