1). What is a year-round program?
PEAK year-round swim programs are from September through July. Swimmers and coaches take a break the month of August. Practices start in the month September and then there is one meet per month from October through July. Generally, meets held June through August are qualifying only meets.
Year-round practices are held at the Robert I. Bickford Natatorium at Prince George’s Community College. During the summer months for age groups I and II practices are held at Pointer Ridge Swim & Racquet Club which is a 25 meter pool and all other groups at the New Carrollton Pool which is a 50 meter pool.
2). Practice arrival and equipment?
Swimmers should arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start of practice. Swimmers should bring their equipment bag along with designated pieces of equipment (i.e. kickboard, fins and etc...). At the beginning of PEAK's swim season, each Group will be given an equipment list and where to purchase. They should always keep in their swim bag: two pairs of goggles, towel and two swim caps. Female swimmers should wear one-piece suits and males should wear jammers or briefs.
Summer practices: mirrored goggles are best for blocking the sun. Also should have sunscreen and bottled water. Don't forget the equipment bag!
3). What to bring to a Swim Meet?
Arrival and warm-up times are provided in the meet entries. Swimmers should have packed in their swim bags: two pairs of goggles, two swim caps, a swimsuit, and towel, each clearly marked with your swimmer’s name. Other suggested items includes healthy snacks and bottled water.
4). Inclement Weather Conditions?
We practice even when it rains. We will cancel practice if there is lightning, torrential rain that impacts pool visibility, high winds or other hazardous conditions that could impact the safety of our swimmers. We will notify registered parents as soon as possible via email if practice is canceled due to inclement weather or for any other reason so please check your email regularly during the hours and minutes before practice begins. If practice is underway and these conditions occur, the coaches will direct swimmers to vacate the pool for 15 minutes and to return to the water if the conditions disappear during the 15-minute break. Please remember that you are always responsible for your swimmer during practices and that, if you are not present, your swimmer must be left in the care and supervision of another adult present at the pool.
5). Payment Options: (1). One payment due October 1st. (2). Three payments Oct1-Jan1-Mar1
(3). Eight payments Oct1-Nov1-Dec1-Jan1-Feb1-Mar1-Apr1-May1. There is no month-to-month payment plan. **Parents who have completed their payment will not be charged for summer practices.
6). Parent observation/Questions for coaches?
Only swimmers and coaches are permitted on the pool deck during practice. The coaching staff is available to answer any questions you may have after practice has concluded.
7). How Do You Determine Which Events My Swimmer Will Swim at a Meet?
The coaching staff determines a swimmer’s meet preparedness based on observations during practice. The Parents are only asked to select the Day(s) and Session(s) their swimmer will be available to perform the day of the meet.
8). What Should I Do If My Swimmer Cannot Attend Practice or Swim In A Scheduled Meet?
Please notify your swimmer's Coach as soon as possible in person, email, or text if they're unable to attend practice. When Meet Entries has been posted under Team Events of the website, you should login and "Accept or Decline" for your swimmer. The coach will provide a sign-up deadline for each meet.