New Swimmer Evaluations

Will my swimmer need to be evaluated?
All swimmers new to SNOW are required to go through evaluations to ensure they are ready for our program. This includes those interested in our Stroke Clinic, Summer League Prep, and Home School programs.

How long are evaluations?
We will run evaluations in groups of 1-5 swimmers. The swimming portion typically runs about 15-20 minutes, depending on the athletes' ability. Wait time to be evaluated may vary, depending on how many people are present. Please expect to be at the pool for at least 30 minutes. This includes time after the swim portion, so we can speak to families about swimmer group placement and program details.

What will my swimmer be asked to do?
Swimmers will need to be comfortable training in pool depths more than 10 feet, as both our Claude Moore and Ida Lee programs train in the deep end of the pool.
Swimmers will be asked to complete several pool lengths the following:

  • Freestyle (must be legal)
  • Backstroke (must be legal)
  • Breaststroke (must be legal)
  • Butterfly (must be legal)
  • Dive
  • Flip turn (Ages 9 & Over)
  • Kicking (with and without a kickboard)


When will I find out which program is best for my swimmer?
We will let you know immediately after the evaluation, and can also answer your questions about the program then.

What if my swimmer has competed previously with a USA Swimming team? Will they still need to be evaluated?
Potentially. Please reach out to Ross Hawks ([email protected]) with the following information:

  • Full swimmer name, age, and gender (We will be looking up their times in the SWIMS database)
  • Practices per week
  • Duration of practices per week, including dryland training
  • Average distance (yards or meters) per practice

If we find that the information you've provided is enough for us to accurately place your swimmer in one of our programs, they will not need to be evaluated.


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