History/Mission

The Westbrook Seals Swim Club is one of the oldest and most successful swim clubs in Southern Maine. Created in 1978 through the merger of the Portland Seals and the Westbrook Blue Fins, our original goal was to provide a top-quality, year-round swim program for the communities of the Greater Portland area.

Over the years this vision has become a reality, with a succession of championship swimmers. But the Seals program strives to provide all our swimmers with the opportunity to be their best. We want to produce world class citizens as well as world class swimmers.

The Seals Swim Club is a fully-sanctioned USA Swimming program subsidized by its members. The team operates eleven months out of the year and offers two seasons of training and competition. The team prides itself on offering quality coaching, and a motivating and supportive environment in which to train.

We provide swimmers with the opportunity to enjoy the sport of swimming, take their skills to a higher level, strive for true excellence and pursue their biggest dreams. But to start, a swimmer need only be able to complete one full length of the pool (25 yards) of both freestyle and backstroke without assistance to be considered for membership. We happily welcome new swimmers and their families to join the Seals.

The Seals and the sport of swimming involve a commitment on the part of the parent as well as the swimmer. Traveling to meets, training sessions, fundraising, volunteering at meets, long hours at the pool and an honest effort are all part of being a "swim parent." This is a true team effort that involves the commitment of the kids, the parents and the coaches as a community. We have lots of opportunities for parents to volunteer with the Seals.

Our coaching philosophy is simple. We want to challenge even the most elite swimmer while providing the support, discipline and attention a young swimmer needs. Our coaches are uniquely qualified to bring this philosophy to life.

The Seals Swim Club competes as a member of USA Swimming. This affiliation provides swimmers with the opportunity to compete at regional, national and international levels. USA Swimming meets are offered throughout each season, and both the winter and summer seasons culminate with a Championship meet. Swimmers are encouraged to swim in the fastest championship meets for which they qualify. Those swimmers who achieve the necessary qualifying standards will participate at the Maine State Championship, the Speedo Sectional Championship, the U.S. Open, or the U.S. Senior National meet. The SEALS compete only in USA Swimming sanctioned meets. USA Swimming is recognized as the highest level afforded to athletes available at the amateur level.

 
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