FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the Worthington Swim Club?
The Worthington Swim Club is the year-round swim team based in
Worthington, Ohio. Our program offers a unique mix of swim
training, solid technique work, dry-land sessions and fun
activities. We have a low swimmers/lane ratio and a low
swimmers/coach ratio. We emphasize building perfect form
through stroke drills, and work on starts and turns. Coaches
also provide talks on race strategy, goal setting, motivation and
nutrition. We occasionally rely on underwater video analysis.
Where do you practice?
The Worthington Pools are conveniently located on the campus of
Thomas Worthington High School at the corner of 315 and 161.
We have a new dryland training room adjacent to the pol, a proshop
and plenty of free parking.
How old are the swimmers?
6 to 18 years old.
Is the team too competitive for my child?
Not at all. Swimmers train with their own age group based on
their age at Championship. For example, a swimmer age 10 who turns
11 the week prior to the Regional Championships, will train with
the 11-12 group for the entire season. Each age group will be
further subdivided at practice by the coaches, from novice to
advanced, in order to offer every swimmer exactly what he/she needs
to flourish in the pool. The group placement guarantees a
systematic advancement for all team members in order to maximize
their experience and progress. Our requirement to get started
is 2 lengths of freestyle, 1 length of backstroke and 1 length of
breaststroke. Our elite swimmers are very fast but all of
them got started by simply joining the team.
How long is the season?
Fall/Winter: From mid-September to early March. We also
offer a late start option (November 2nd) for swimmers who
participate in Fall sports.
Spring/Summer: From mid-April to mid-July.
How many practices are offered per week?
That depends on each training group.
Swimmers age 8 & Under: 3 practices per week of 60 minutes
Swimmers age 9-10: 4 practices of one hour to 1:30 each.
Swimmers age 11-12: 4 practices of 1 hour and 30 minutes each.
Swimmers age 13-14: 5 practices of one hour and 45 minutes each.
Elite: 6 practices of 2 hours each.
What is the practice schedule like?
It also depends on the training group. We rotate our groups
between 6 and 9:15 pm on weekdays, on Saturday morning and Sunday
What about swim meets?
On average, we have one meet per month. A typical meet is
Saturday and Sunday, either in the morning or the afternoon,
depending on the age group. All meets are local except for one
travel meet and the State Championships.
Do you have to participate in meets?
Although you always have the option to scratch out of a meet, we
strongly recommend for all swimmers to participate. Swim
meets provide a great opportunity for coaches and swimmers to
evaluate progress and determine the next steps in
development. At meets, your child will learn about goal
setting and that hard work produces rewards (fast swims), which
leads to a feeling of accomplishment and higher self esteem.
How do I register?
We are pleased to offer electronic payment processing and
registration. The process is simple for both new and returning
members. You'll get access to your own private account that will
enable you easily declare for swim meets, sign-up for jobs, see
your children's swim times histories, maintain your own contact
information, and more.
New swimmers need to be evaluated before you can start the
registration process! Please call Coach Bernard at 598-7064 to
schedule an orientation/evaluation.
Where can I find more information such as fees and training
www.worthingtonswimclub.org or contact Coach Bernard by
phone at 614-598-7064 or by e-mail at