First Time Swim Parents

Question:  What does my child wear for their first practice?

Answer:  Make sure your child has a sporty swimsuit which for girls is a one-piece suit with no frills or ties.  For boys, this is a speedo or jammers


You will need a pair of swim goggles (without a nose cover)


Swimmers with long hair should wear a cap. The board will have the Team Cap for sale $5 at practices.


Options for purchasing equipment can be found online at, or visit Personal Best in Montgomeryville or D J Sports in Coopersburg.  


Question:  Does my child need a competition/team suit?

Answer:  Yes!  Personal Best will be at Menlo on June 7th to allow your child to get sized for their competition suit.  You will need to try on before their scheduled practice time because they need to be dry.  

*It is encouraged to get the team suit; however, if you do not purchase one, they must have a black swimsuit, previous team suit or high school swim suit for swim meets.


Question:  My child has never been on a team before.  Do they have to try out?

Answer:  The coaches are on deck at all times and work with the children on their strokes.  They will be in the pool in their designated practice group (Black, White, Green) and then they will also be in a certain lane given their speed and/or level.  The first two weeks, the coaches make sure that children are safe AND able to swim freestyle (even without perfect stroke) at least one length of the pool.  If for some reason they cannot after two weeks, the coaches will recommend swim lessons for one more year before joining the team and you will be refunded.   


Practice groups are determined by the coaches. They take into account experience, age and ability.


Swimmer's Times - Check your swimmers times HERE


As our swimmer's compete for the season it is helpful to know the official times of the races they are swimming. In swimming a good gauge of improvement throughout the competitive swim season is what we call 'Time Drops'. As our swimmers continue to work on stroke technique, endurance, turns, starts and finishes at practice they should start to see their times improve as the season progresses. Time Trials is where we establish a base line time. At our BuxMont dual meets, swimmers will have the opportunity to improve their times as they race. Times in events are how swimmers qualify for championship meets (C, B, A champs. Standards are attached).  We keep our PACs swimmer's times up to date on the following site. Times should be available 24 hours after each dual meet. Feel free to check in on your swimmers times.


Helpful tip - Make sure you are on Pennridge Swim Team. You can search by ATHLETE. You can page through our 2021 roster, OR you can select the first letter of your last name for a quick search.


We hope this will be as great of an experience for you and your child as it has been for all of our families!