Q: Where can I find
information about the various swim groups?
A: Click on the
'Age Groups' tab. There you will find details on each group
along with their workout schedule and monthly fees.
Q: What is a swim
A: The evaluation
is to determine an athlete's current swim ability so he/she can be
placed in the proper group. All four strokes will be
evaluated. Your swimmer should come prepared to swim with a
suit, goggles, and a cap (or long hair tied
Q: It appears there are a
lot of swim practices offered. Is it mandatory to attend every
A: No. Absolutely
not. SBSC is a flexible, athletic organization. Members are welcome
to set up a practice attendance schedule that works best for their
own lifestyle. Athletes who want to have a successful swimming
experience tend to participate with greater frequency. But this is
a personal choice based upon personal goals.
many families want to pursue a variety of athletic, academic, and
social activities. We don't want families to feel they need to
choose between swimming and another activity. Swimming is offered
as a year-round sport, so we will always be at the pool coaching
swimmers. We completely understand and support team members who
have other interests.
Q: Are swim competitions
A: No. Swim meets
are not mandatory, but they are fun and a great way to get "in" to
the sport. Coaches use swim meet participation to evaluate athletes
when considering move-ups to the next group. Some groups, like
Advanced Age Group, require consistent participation at swim meets
in order to be a member of the group.
Q: Are there
A: Because Santa
Barbara Swim Club is a non-profit organization, fundraising is
a crucial component to our ongoing success! SBSC requires an annual
club support contribution of $225/family. There are many ways to
offset club support, including business sponsorship and SCRIP
Swim meets are also
an additional charge and vary in cost per meet. These fees go
towards Southern California Swimming and the hosting swim
Q: Do we need to
volunteer at swim meets?
A: Yes. The
majority of the swim meets we attend are hosted by other teams. We
are assigned timing lanes based on the number of swimmers our club
has entered in the meet. Parents must sign up to time for each
day/session their athlete is swimming.
Although it looks
intimidating, timing is very easy! And you have the best seat in
the house to watch the swimmers compete.
For the meets Santa
Barbara Swim Club hosts (usually 2 - 3 per year), it is ALL HANDS
ON DECK. There are a variety of jobs available and it is a great
opportunity to meet other families on the team.
Q: Is your program year
A: Yes. We have
both short and long course season.
Q: What is your leave of
A: Leaves of
absence will be granted for periods exceeding 30 days. We do not
offer proration for a partial month leave of absence. Full payment
during vacations or leaves of less than thirty days is expected.
Club support obligation will remain in effect
during a leave of absence. Proration of club support may be
considered for leaves longer than 3 months (90 days). All leaves
must be requested in writing or via e-mail by
the 15th of the
month prior to the month you plan to take leave. You must receive a
confirmation prior to the first day of the month in which the leave
commences. All invoices must be paid in full prior to your leave of