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Membership Information

 

Here is an information source for prospective members wishing to join AQUASTAR. For complete information, see our Frequently Asked Questions page or our Meet Information page. You may also call (832) 816-6924.

WHERE DO I GO? WHERE ARE PRACTICES HELD?
Visit any one of the practice pool locations on our practice schedule (see our home page)  during a practice. See the Parent On Deck once there. Try to arrive before the start of the practice session. We are at Clear Lake HS, Clear Brook HS, the Oakbrook West neighborhood pool and the Pearland city outdoor pool.

WHO CAN JOIN?
We welcome all athletes who can swim the length of the pool with legal strokes to be on the swim team.  We do offer swim lessons for those needing  that first step before competitive swim team. Swimmers must be water-safe to join AQUASTAR swim training. If you’re a transferring swimmer from another USA Swimming club, please download your times and bring with you.  Transferring or new high school swimmers should do the same.

ARE THERE TRYOUTS?
We offer a one-time tryout on the night your child might want to join. The coaches will assess his/her ability and determine if he/she is ready for AQUASTAR, and if so, to which training group they should be assigned. If you decide to join, you will be asked to pay for your annual USA Swimming registration and your first month’s AQUASTAR registration fees at that time, and complete the USA Swimming form and the AQUASTAR registration form.

WHAT ARE THE TRAINING FEES?
Each training group has a different fee. The fee schedule is in the next section of this page. 

ARE THERE OTHER COSTS? ARE THERE HIDDEN "FUNDRAISING" REQUIREMENTS?
AQUASTAR does not require fundraising or host meets specifically to raise money. Our volunteer support and low cost structure allow AQUASTAR to thrive on modest training fees and limited external, non-intrusive fund-raising such as Randall’s Good Neighbor Program and the Kroger Share Card.

WHAT EQUIPMENT WILL I NEED?
Each group has progressively increased equipment needs: RED GROUP: kick boards and pull buoys; WHITE GROUP: kick boards, pull buoys, hand paddles and sneakers;  BLUE GROUP & above: kick boards, pull buoys, fins, hand paddles & sneakers.

IS THERE A SWIM EQUIPMENT SHOP NEAR CLEAR LAKE?
Yes - Swim Shops of the Southwest @ 9430 W Broadway St #144, Pearland, TX 77584. Phone (281) 485-3100.

CAN I TAKE TIME OFF - GO "INACTIVE" - ONCE I JOIN?
Yes, you can go "inactive" at any time if you have not attended a practice session that month, and let us know of your desire to go inactive; we will waive your fees that month. You then let us know when you want to return. We do not pro-rate monthly fees for returning swimmers, however.

IS THERE A TEAM HANDBOOK?
Yes, our handbook is online here.

CAN I CONTACT SOMEONE?
Yes, go to our board member page and e-mail any of our volunteer board members. You may also contact our secretary at
(832) 816-6924.

AQUASTAR requires that all participating swimmers be USA Swimming-registered. The fee for 2018 calendar year is $139, which covers both the AQUASTAR and USA Swimming fees. Forms are available from the coaches or registration coordinator, or go to this page for an AQUASTAR registration form and a USA Swimming form [both are required to be completed]. In addition to the annual registration fee, monthly training fees per swimmer are: 
  • Red Group (45 minutes per practice session) - $80 / month - no meet attendance requirements 
  • White Group (1½ hours per session) - $90 / month - no meet attendance requirements  
  • AQUA Group (1½ hours per session) - $95 / month - no meet attendance requirements 
  • Blue  /Gold /Senior I & II  Groups (two hours per session, with meet attendance requirements) -
    $100 - 110 / month
  • Family Maximum -  $200/month
     

For billing or general team information, call Jeaneen Johnston at (832) 816-6924.

The team address is:

Bay Area Aquanauts
15403 Pleasant Valley Dr.
Houston, TX 77062  

Send e-mail to AQUA

 

REGISTRATION POLICY
Each September begins a new USA Swimming season. At this time, AQUA begins its annual registration of new and returning swimmers. Registrations are welcome throughout the year, however. As part of registration, completion of two forms (one for USA Swimming and the other for AQUA) is required, along with the submission of the registration fee. Both of these forms may be downloaded from the home page of our web site. These completed forms and a check payable to AQUA may be returned either to a pool representative or to the registration chairperson. 

Registration fees are mandatory and non-refundable, and are separate from monthly AQUA training fees. NO SWIMMER MAY BE IN THE POOL WITHOUT A CURRENT USA SWIMMING REGISTRATION. For insurance purposes, this rule is absolute and may not be waived. Registration with AQUA is not transferable from one swimmer to another.


For application forms please click here .

TRAINING FEES
Swimmers are initially assigned to a training group by the coaches. Each training group represents an ability level with entrance and maintenance criteria, practice duration, and set fees. These groups are described above. For more specific group classification criteria, click  here.

For those families with multiple swimmers, AQUA has a family maximum cap on monthly training fees. 

A swimmer’s movement between swim groups occurs not only when the swimmer meets all published, board-approved requirements, but at the discretion of the head coach as well. Occasionally, movement from one group to another may involve time-sharing, consisting of spending part of a practice with the former group and part of that practice with the new group.

If a swimmer joins the program after the start of the month, fees are pro-rated for that month. If the swimmer joins after the billing date, the joined month is pro-rated and next month’s fees are collected at the same time. Swimmers are allowed to participate on as many or as few days as wished each month; however, the complete month’s fees are expected to be paid unless a swimmer goes on the inactive list before the billing period begins. Any participation during a month (even as little as one practice) generates the requirement to pay the training fees for the entire month.

Swimmers wishing to go "inactive" should let the treasurer know at least one month in advance, via the e-mail address listed on the invoice, or "replying" to an emailed invoiced.

Currently registered swimmers returning from inactive status must notify the billing chairperson and pay all appropriate fees. 

 

FEE INVOICING
Bills are available for online viewing "24/7" to logged-in account holders. New invoices are generated at midnight on the last night of the month prior to the month being billed, and emailed on the first of the month being billed. These cover fees for the coming month.  All members are to register either a credit card or bank account with the team, so that electronic payment of any outstanding fees will be made automatically soon after the first of the month.  Those not registering CC or bank information, and thus not paying automatically, will be assessed a $5 fee per payment. For answers to billing questions, "reply" to your invoce with your questions, concerns, etc.   Fees not paid by the 10th of the month will incur a $10 late fee. 



As always, inform us if you change e-mail addresses, and don’t delete that e-mail invoice before paying!!