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New Swimmer Registration

For all new swimmers (for siblings of a returning swimmer or former members wanting to return to the team, please email for more information), registration will be in person at the Arden Park Community Center, located at 1000 La Sierra Drive, on Saturday, February 1, 2020


Registration Steps and Requirements

1.  Come to February 1, 2020, New Swimmer Registration Day at the Arden Park Community Center.  Confirm with the Registrar there is a place on the team for your new swimmer.

2.  Register online with the AP Dolphins and pay fees by credit card. Computers and assistance will be provided.  An active credit card on file is required at the time of registration.  

3.  Register online with the Northern California Swim League at and pay fees online. (For new 6 & Under and 7-8 age group swimmers, please wait until your swimmer has passed the readiness assessment, as the NCSL fee is non-refundable).

4.  Bring a copy of your swimmer's birth certificate to registration. We will need to keep a copy of the birth certificate.

5. Participate in the New Swimmer Readiness Assessment and demonstrate the minimum safety requirements have been met (see details below).

Once all of the above has been completed, you will be officially registered with the Arden Park Dolphins swim team and your TeamUnify account will be activated.  If registration is not complete, swimmers will not be able to participate in swim team activities, including swim practice. 


The registration schedule will be as follows:

7:30 a.m. - Registration Sign In Opens

7:30 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. - Returning swimmers / siblings of returning swimmers AND who are Arden Park residents,

7:45 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. - Returning swimmers / siblings of returning swimmers who are NON Arden Park residents,

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. - New swimmers who are Arden Park residents,

8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - New swimmers who are non Arden Park residents.


Parents may come at any time on February 1 to sign-in for their registration time period.  If you miss your "priority" registration time period, you forfeit your priority and will be asked to sign in for the time of your arrival. 

Swimmers will be added to the team on a first-come, first-served basis, as long as there is room in the age group.  Once the maximum number of swimmers has been reached, a waiting list for that age group will be maintained.  Please see the "Waiting List" information below for more information regarding the waiting list procedures and priority.


Please bring the following with you to registration:

  1. A photocopy of the new swimmer’s birth certificate for the team to keep.
  2. Credit card for Arden Park Dolphins registration fee.
  3. Credit card to pay NCSL registration fee. (New swimmers 9 and under, please wait until your swimmer has successfully completed the swimmer readiness assessment.)
  4. At least one form of proof of Arden Park residency (cell phone bill, utility bill, tax statement) if coming during Arden Park resident priority registration times.

Please note that NO payment will be requested until the Registrar is able to confirm that the new swimmer has a place on the team.  Additionally, all new swimmers will be required to demonstrate their safety in the pool by participating in a swim safety assessment. If a registered swimmer does not pass the safety assessment, a full refund will be issued.  Safety assessment details can be found below.


Waiting List and Order of Priority

Over the years, the Arden Park Dolphins Registrar has maintained a waiting list whenever an age group fills to capacity during registration.  Often, those on the waiting list do end up on the swim team before the season officially starts.  However, some will remain on the waiting list for the entire season.  Following is the order of priority in which new swimmers will be added to the team as well as how a waiting list will be maintained for each age and gender group:

  1. Siblings of a returning swimmer who are Arden Park residents,

  2. Siblings of a returning swimmer who are non-Arden Park residents,

  3. New swimmers who are Arden Park residents,

  4. New swimmers who are Non-Arden Park residents.

The waiting list will not carry over to the next season.


If a new swimmer is placed on the waiting list, they will be contacted by email once they have a confirmed spot. Full registration must be completed within 48 hours of being contacted.  Failure to complete full registration within 48 hours of being contacted will forfeit your spot on the team and the next person on the waiting list will be contacted to complete their registration.  If a place on the team is offered and declined, the swimmer will lose his or her place on the team or waiting list, the open spot will be offered to the next swimmer on the waiting list, and the swimmer will not be carried on the waiting list to the next swim season.


Readiness Assessment and Swim Team Requirements

The first priority of the Arden Park Dolphins is the safety of all swimmers.  Therefore it is imperative that all swimmers be confident, secure, and independent in the pool.

All swimmers new to the Arden Park Dolphins, ages 9 and under, will be asked to demonstrate their safety and ability in the pool.  Readiness Assessments will take place in March at the Arden Park pool during the March Swim Clinic (specific dates and times to be provided at a later date).  Swimmers need to come prepared to get in the pool and show the Coaching Staff the following:

  1. Each swimmer must be able to swim at least one-half of the length of the pool without assistance.  A coach will be in the water with the swimmer but the swimmer may not have help from the coach, hold onto the lane lines or side of the pool, or use a kickboard or “floaties”.  Swim goggles and swim caps are highly recommended and encouraged.

  2. Each swimmer must be able to swim one full length of the pool with minimal assistance from a coach, lane lines, or the side of the pool.  Once reaching the half-way mark unassisted, the swimmer may touch the lane rope or side of the pool but must start swimming again after catching his or her breath.  The swimmer must complete the full lap of the pool in a reasonable time and cannot stop and wait on the line rope or side of the pool. Time standards may apply.

  3. Each swimmer must be able to get in and out of the pool from the side (rather than at a ladder) without assistance.

  4. If the Coaching staff determines that a swimmer has met the above criteria after completing the Readiness Assessment, then the swimmer will have a probationary period of up to one month during which time the coaching staff will evaluate the swimmer’s practice abilities and readiness for the swim team.  This includes following the direction of all coaches, understanding and completing the drills assigned, completing the required laps safely, and paying attention when requested.

If the Coaching staff feels a swimmer is not ready to participate on the swim team for any reason, the swimmer will be asked to try again next season.  All registration fees for that swimmer will be refunded.

Most swimmers who complete the Readiness Assessment and Probationary Period go on to fully participate as a swim team member.

Please be aware that swim team practice is designed to develop and refine swim strokes.  Each swimmer is expected to have a working knowledge of all swim strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly—6&U swimmers need only know freestyle and backstroke) and swim practice should not be considered “swim lessons” for the purpose of being introduced to swimming.  Swimmers will be expected to demonstrate independence during practice and an ability to follow the instructions of the coaches.  Swimmers should come prepared to be able to swim at least 5 to 6 laps during the first half-hour of practice.