Thank you for your interest
in joining one of the North Suburban Aquatic Club’s many
attractive programs. We offer programs for swimmers of all
ages and skill levels. Please see details
Information regarding the
club and its Board of Directors can be found on this website, or in
. Please look around, and if you have any additional
questions at all about NSAC, please contact our Head Coach. We look
forward to having you be a part of our great
For questions about joining
NSAC, please contact our Registrar.
Coplan at 612-839-5876
Q: How many different groups does NSAC have and what is
the difference between them?
Here at NSAC we have eight
different programs ranging from our introduction to competitive
swimming program for young children to our Masters program for
adults. Each program is specifically designed to meet
the individual needs and abilities of your swimmer. Our goal
is to have each swimmer in a group and with a coaching staff that
focuses on the things that he or she needs to improve. For
detailed information regarding each of these programs,
Q: Who decides what program my swimmer is placed in
and what is this decision based on?
all of our programs is determined by the coaching staff with the
best interest of each swimmer in mind. The decision regarding
placement is depends on a number of criteria, but the ability level
of each swimmer is the most important factor. It is our goal
to never place a swimmer in a program for which they are not ready,
as this will harm their long term development.
The age of a swimmer is also a factor that is considered when
determining placement, but usually still only in the context
of ability. For example, a 14 year old starting out swimming
for the first time will likely still be a much stronger
swimmer than an 8 year old just beginning, so they would not be
placed in the same program. We also understand that
associating with other kids of the same age is a large part of the
fun that our swimmers have, so every effort will be made to keep
swimmers in their same peer group.
Q: How will I know what program to enter my swimmer
Because placement is based mostly on individual
ability and age, we cannot accurately know which program is best
for your swimmer until our coaching staff sees him or her
swim. For this reason, we use the first week or two
weeks that a swimmer is with the club to determine
which program is best for each swimmer. Until then, however, to get
the best idea about which program a swimmer will likely belong in,
we encourage you to speak to our Head Coach.
Q: How often do you practice and where?
and duration of practices depends on each program. In
general, our Bronze and Silver Teams will meet 5
practices per week for 1 - 1 1/4 hours Gold Team 6 days per week
for 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 hours, Juniors Team six practices per week
for 2 hours and Senior and National Team will swim 9
times per week for 2 - 2 1/2 hours. The Masters and High
School Maintenance groups have 3-6 practices per week for 1 1/4 - 1
We swim out of the District 621 schools, including the pools at
Irondale High School, Chippewa Middle School and Edgewood Middle
School. During the summer, our long-course practices
will also include swimming at other area 50-meter pools as
scheduled each summer.
Current practice times and locations are available on the website
under "Practice Calendars". Every effort is made to post the
calendar a month in advance.
Q: Are practices required?
None of our
practices are required (except for the National group which does
carry an attendance requirement for participation), although
attendance at the recommended levels is strongly encouraged, as the
more time a swimmer spends in the pool, the quicker they will learn
the skills they need to advance to the next program.
Q: Where can I find more information on NSAC’s
Here at NSAC we pride
ourselves on having an enthusiastic, well trained and
professional coaching staff. Each of our programs has a
Lead Coach that is ASCA (American Swimming Coaches Association)
certified. In addition, NSAC also has several assistant
coaches who work at all levels to provide as much coaching to our
swimmers as possible. For detailed biographies on all members
of our coaching staff,
Q: Does NSAC attend swim meets, and if so, is attendance
at these meets required?
consider ourselves to be a competitive swim club, so attending swim
meets is an important part of our learning and growing process. Our
Competitive programs attend one or two meets per month
(meets for our adult Masters program are occasionally offered as
well), and while we do not require attendance at any of our meets,
we do strongly encourage swimmers to participate in as many as
they can as requested by their lead coach.
Q: How much does it cost?
Our fees vary based
primarily on the amount of practice offered per week and level of
coaching offered at each program level. We also offer a multiple
swimmer discount for those families with multiple swimmers in our
programs, and a discount for swimmers new to the Club.
current monthly fees schedule.
Q: How do I sign up?
Please read our registration
policies, available in the
Member Handbook or by clicking here.
Access the Online Registration process by
Registration"found on the left column of
the website and choose the "I am not sure if I have an acount"
option and folllow the prompts. Once you have submitted your
online application, it will be reviewed by the registrar who will
then contact you by email or phone to verify your desired
trial week start date. You cannot attend practice until you
have been contacted by the registrar to confirm your acceptance
into our programming. If you decide to join after the trial
week, your account will be billed the monthly session fees
(INCLUDING THE TRIAL PERIOD) plus any applicable USA registration
fees. The monthly fee can be prorated to the half-month for
mid-month starts. Masters swimmers, please
use the link here: www.usms.org/reg/ to
purchase your annual Masters registration
after your trial (required for NSAC Masters
Access the Online
Registration process by clicking the "Start
Registration" link in the left column of the website and choose
one of the "I have an account" options and follow the
prompts. Once you have submitted your application to
re-activate your membership, you will be contacted by the registrar
to verify your start date and determine your fees. Monthly
fees can be prorated to the half-month for mid-month starts or
withdrawals. You cannot resume practicing until you have been
contacted by the registrar to confirm that your membership is
Coplan at 612-839-5876
Center Drive #302
North Oaks, MN