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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 below.

 

Information regarding the club and its Board of Directors can be found on this website, or in our Club Member Handbook .  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 organization!


For questions about joining NSAC, please contact our Registrar.

registrar@nsmakos.org 

Head Coach Rory  Coplan at 612-839-5876

 

 

FAQ’s

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, please
click here.

Q:  Who decides what program my swimmer is placed in and what is this decision based on?

Placement in 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 in?

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?

The number 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 1/2 hours.

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 coaching staff?

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,
click here.

Q:  Does NSAC attend swim meets, and if so, is attendance at these meets required?

We do 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.
 
Click here for the current monthly fees schedule.


Q:  How do I sign up?


Please read our registration policies, available in the Member Handbook or by clicking here. 

  

TO REGISTER:
 
 New swimmers:  Access the Online Registration process by clicking "Start 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 participation).


Returning NSAC swimmers:  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 re-activated.

 

 registrar@nsmakos.org 

Head Coach Rory  Coplan at 612-839-5876

 

Our mailing address:

NSAC

855 Village Center Drive #302

North Oaks, MN 55127