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Winter Swim Programs

Winter Swim Programs

We have found that there are many benefits to our kids participating in a year-round swim program, including maintenance or increase in fitness levels, stroke development, speed, and confidence with starts, turns, and finishes. In addition, they benefit from the social interaction with other kids and learn discipline and resilience.

Another benefit of a winter swim program is faster and stronger Sharks in the summer.

Many local clubs offer a vast range of programs, including stroke development and competitive programs.

You can choose morning or afternoon workouts. We suggest a minimum of 2 days per week to maintain fitness. Older kids should swim more than 2 days per week if it fits into your schedule.

We've contacted several programs and have included info below. We'll add to this list as we hear back from other clubs.

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Machine Aquatics

Since 2001, Machine Aquatics has provided a safe, positive and productive environment for swimmers of all ages and abilities. From their youngest Micro Machines to their NCAA and Olympic Trial Qualifiers, they encourage their athletes to live and train with vigor.

Machine offers a once a week, non-competitive program for stroke development at Tuckahoe, Tyson’s Sport and Health, Audrey Moore and Madeira for $740 (plus $130 registration fee). This is a 36 week program available to swimmers 6-13 years old.

Machine also offers beginner and intermediate swim classes (private and group), and with their new two lane 25 yard pool they are able to offer young swimmers additional opportunities. Go to their web site to learn about lessons and competitive swimmer stroke, start and turn analysis.

For swimmers who are interested in a competitive program, Machine offers a variety of programs, from their 8 and under Micro Machine, Age Group (9-12 years old) and Senior groups (13 and over) ranging from two to ten practices per week.

Machine offers an evaluation workout to all new swimmers. To take advantage of this offer, please contact Alison Galbraith.

As of July 10, Machine's afternoon and evening programs at Madeira, Oakmarr, Tuckahoe, and Tysons Sport & Health had several offerings in all age groups. You can see the descriptions here.

 

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NCAP

Nation’s Capital Swim Club was started in 1978 and has grown to one of the premier clubs in the United States. NCAP ranks first in the nation in USA Swimming’s Club Excellence Program and was one of just 20 clubs awarded Gold Medal status.

NCAP offers a variety of programs at different sites across DC, Maryland, and Virginia including Tysons Corner and Claude Moore which are two of the closer sites to Vienna. For a list of all NCAP sites, click here.

You can learn more about the Tyson’s Corner site here.

All groups require a tryout before registration. The coaching staff will place swimmers in the appropriate group for their skill level. There is no need to sign up for a tryout in advance.

Tyson’s Corner also offers a Development Stroke School program. For more information regarding that program, click here.

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York

As of July 5, there was availability in all of York's swim programs.

York offers programs at several locations, including Oak Marr RECenter and Renaissance Pool in Falls Church.

You can find complete information here. If you have questions, call 703-536-6338 or email kristin@yorkswim.com and she will steer you toward the program that's right for your family.

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The FISH

The FISH focuses on increasing endurance through distance swimming and on stroke mechanics. They have several locations, including at Spring Hill RECenter. They typically require a tryout to determine the best program for your children.

Find out more about their winter swim programs here.

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Water Wolves

YMCA members should look into swimming with the Water Wolves, which meets at the YMCA in Reston. They have a huge selection of programs, both competitive and simply developmental. They compete with other local Ys. They will require an evaluation before you can place your swimmers in a group. Find out more about the different programs here.