8 and Under


Riptide 8 & Under

This group focuses on teaching the fundamental skills of all four competitive strokes, as well as learning technique through stroke drills, turn drills, start drills and games. A huge emphasis is put on learning while having fun. Basic dryland exercises are also introduced to increase coordination, balance and basic core strength.

Our 8 & Under Team will be offered two seventy-five minute practices on Tuesday and Thursday's and a sixty minute practice on Friday nights. Swimmers in this group range in age from five to eight years old and should attend 2-3 practices per week and compete in at least two designated meets per season.

The basic requirements for swimmers on the 8 & Under Team are as follows:

  1. Ability to swim 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke without stopping.
  2. Be able to swim freestyle with rhythmic breathing.
  3. Demonstrates good body position in the water while swimming freestyle and backstroke.
  4. Be able to do 25 yards of dolphin kick.
  5. Shows basic initial breaststroke technique.
  6. Demonstrates an ability to listen and follow directions from the coach.
  7. Shows excitement for swimming!
  8. Placement in this group is decided by the lead coach.

Equipment Requirements: Practice - long fins, short kick board, cap and goggles, water bottle (no glass), well fitted practice suit (no baggy shorts for boys). Meets – team suit, team cap, team t-shirt.

Parents must attend the 8 & Under Team Parents’ Meeting at the beginning of every season.


Dear Riptide 8 & Under Families,

Welcome to the 2017-2018 Short Course season at the Riptide Swim Team! 

On Wednesday, September 6th, there will be an All-Team Meeting for all Riptide swimmers from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The coaches typically meet with each group after the entire team meets at 5:30. I would like our 8 & under swimmers to actually meet BEFORE the 5:30 meeting. Let's plan to meet in the upstairs meeting room at 5:00 p.m. Parents are also welcome! After we meet at 5:00, the swimmers will sit in the bleacher area for the All-Team Meeting and should be done by 6:20 p.m.

On Saturday, September 9th, I will hold an 8 & Under Parents' Meeting 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. also in the upstairs meeting room. Please plan to attend. I will be talking about the season, practice expectations, upcoming meets, managing the website, and answering any questions you may have.

The season for our 8 & under swimmers begins Tuesday, September 12th. Our practice schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday and Thursday's 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday's 6:00 to 7:15 p.m.

Make sure you get familiar with our website's group calendar -

In addition, please note the equipment list:

  • long blade fins
  • small kickboard
  • cap & goggles
  • water bottle (no glass)
  • well fitting practice suit
  • meets - team suit, team cap, team t-shirt

In terms of communication, the best way is via email Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. If you have questions regarding billing, registration or fundrasing, please contact our billing department at

If you ever want to meet and discuss your swimmer, I am happy to schedule a conference anytime thoughout the year. Just email me to schedule a time.

As of today, we have 13 swimmers registered for the 8 & under group. I am excited to have Wendy Peterson assisting with the practices once again this season. Hope to see you all on September 6th. As always, if you have any questions, please email me.

Take care,

Coach Amy