Age Groups


Sharks Aquatic Club

Age Group Training


The Sharks Aquatic Club offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of the Sharks Aquatic Club to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities.

The Sharks Aquatic Club is a year-round competitive swimming organization. We are members of U.S.A. Swimming, North Carolina Swimming, the Blue Ridge Swim League, and the Western Carolina Swim Association. Our members train for competition. As a member, your child will be placed into a practice group specifically designed to best meet your child's needs and abilities. Our trained coaching staff will determine the training group that best suits your swimmer. Below you will find a list of present groups and their descriptions.


Reef Sharks- $45 Per Month

Reef Sharks are 7-9 year olds (with some exceptions) who are looking for a fun activity to add to their routine.  They should be able to swim 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke, and have a basic idea of how to do breaststroke and butterfly.  While these swimmers are introduced to competitive swimming, they work on learning good habits, making friends and enjoying the sport!  Reef sharks practice two days per week, and participate in swim meets on a limited basis.


Hammerhead 1 - $55 Per Month
This group is generally 8-11 year olds (with some exceptions), and places a heavy emphasis on stroke technique, turns, starts, as well as basic training techniques, and fun! The skills swimmers are encouraged to have before entering this group are a length of backstroke, freestyle with bi-lateral breathing, and legal breaststroke and butterfly. Hammerhead 1 is offered four one-hour practices per week, and should choose any three. Hammerhead 1 is offered swim meets on a monthly basis.


Hammerhead 2 - $60 Per Month

This group is generally 9-12 year olds, and have been on the team at least one year.  They are still preparing for the Tigersharks group, and are offered more one-hour practices (4 per week) than Hammerhead 1.  These swimmers should participate in swim meets they are eligible for.


Tiger Sharks- $65 Per Month

Generally 11-13 year olds (with some exceptions), these swimmers continue to learn and practice proper technique in all competitive strokes, starts, and turns. Swimmers are introduced to interval training, and begin to compete on a regular basis. The Tigershark group is offered practice five days per week, and swimmers are encouraged to attend four, for 1¼ hours each practice.  They should also participate regularly in swim meets.


Mako 1/ High School- $70 Per Month
Swimmers in this group are either moving up from Tigersharks, or joining our team after High School season and wanting to stay in shape through out the summer. In this group, swimmers will get the conditioning they need in order to have a successful high school season, as well as the training they need to move up to Mako 2. They are generally 13-15 years old. Swimmers will be introduced to dryland and goal setting. This group practices four days a week for 1.50 hours a day, and swimmers are encouraged to try to attend 3 practices a week. 


Mako 2- $85 Per Month

Swimmers in this group generally range in age from 13 through 15 years old. There is a continued emphasis on swimming with proper technique as more advanced training techniques are introduced and refined. Swimmers are introduced to dry land training, as well as goal setting. Regular attendance at both meets and practice is encouraged. The Mako 2 group is offered five 1.75 hour practices per week, and is encouraged to attend all five.


Senior 2- $105 Per Month
Swimmers in this group are high school age and committed to training at the State, Regional, and National level. Swimmers must show the ability to train and race at the highest levels possible, be fully committed to the sport of swimming and be able to commit 100% to the full practice & meet schedule for the entire year. Swimmers must show a high level of attendance and commitment in the Mako 2 group before progressing to this group. Practices are two hours Monday-Saturday with additional dryland, and practices in the morning as needed.