Here is an information source for prospective
members wishing to join AQUASTAR. For complete information, see
Questions page or
page. You may also call
WHERE DO I GO? WHERE ARE PRACTICES
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
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
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
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
Each group has progressively increased
equipment needs: RED GROUP: kick
boards and pull buoys;
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
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
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,
IS THERE A TEAM
Yes, our handbook is online here.
CAN I CONTACT
Yes, go to our board member page and e-mail any of our volunteer board members. You may
also contact our secretary at
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
- Red Group (45 minutes per practice session) - $80 /
month - no meet attendance requirements
- White Group (1½ hours per session)
- $90 / month - no meet attendance
- AQUA Group
(1½ hours per session) - $95 / month - no meet
- Blue /Gold
/Senior I & II
hours per session, with meet attendance
$100 - 110 / month
- Family Maximum -
For billing or
general team information, call Jeaneen Johnston at (832)
The team address is:
15403 Pleasant Valley Dr.
Houston, TX 77062
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 .
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
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