Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between year-round swimming and summer swimming?
Year round swimming provides the opportunity for swimmers to practice and compete August-July each year.  This longer season allows for more chances to set and achieve goals each season. Year round swimmers develop a knowledge of the sport that allows them to develop a long term focus toward improvement. The year round swimming community is more focused on sharing individual success and accomplishments

What are the benefits to year round swimming?
All year round coaches are USA swimming certified coaches and the head coaches of McCallie/GPS Aquatics coach swimming as their profession.  Technique is our primary focus with all of our Age Group swimmers.  Having a professionally certified staff and smaller groups allows us to teach our swimmers effective technique.  Conditioning is added as swimmers advance through our groups.  Having a staff that has coached Olympic swimmers, state champions, dozens of All-Americans and Top 16 swimmers gives swimmers on McCallie/GPS Aquatics the advantage of years of knowledge and experience.

Do I get a discount for having more than one swimmer?
Yes, We give pricing breaks to families with three or more swimmers.  These pricing breaks work as followed:

1st Swimmer USA Registration + McC/GPS Registration + Monthly Fee
2nd Swimmer USA Registration + McC/GPS Registration + Monthly Fee
3rd Swimmer USA Registration + McC/GPS Registration + 1/2 Monthly Fee
4th Swimmer + USA Registration + 1/2 Monthly Fee

 **The 1st swimmer will always be the most advanced swimmer in the family, so the 1/2 price would be for the lowest group swimmer. 


How does the billing work?
When registering your swimmer(s), please pay the registration fees only.  At the beginning of the month, you will be billed for the previous month swam.  Please return the top portion of the statement with a check as soon as possible.  Make separate checks for all uniform orders, meet entries, goggles and fins due to the fact that this money goes into different accounts.

How do I sign up?  
You can join McCallie/GPS Aquatics online!  Click the "Registration" button on the left sidebard and follow the instructions.


Do I have to start in August or can I join anytime?  
That's the great part about year-round swimming - you can join any time through the year!  However, due to our billing, it works best if new swimmers join at the beginning of a month.


Do I need to give up other sports?
No!  It is a misconception that your must quit other sports if you join year round swimming.  Swimming enhances performance in just about every sport and cross training can often be beneficial to swimmers.


Do we have to join USA swimming?
McCallie/GPS Aquatics is a member of USA swimming and all of our swimmers must be registered with the governing body.  USA swimming provides our insurance coverage, as well as other services (website, rules, etc).


What group will my child be in?  
We will use the 1st week to place our swimmers into the right group, based on abilities.  We would rather your child start in a lower group and move up (not start in a group that is too hard and have to move down).

If my swimmer starts in one group, when can he or she move to the next level? 
We will move swimmers up anytime through the year.  After the first month, we try to have people move up at the beginning of a month.

How many practices a week are required?
We do not require practice attendance during the school year.  To get the maximum out of the program we encourage our swimmers to attend the practices that are offered.

Are meets required?
All of our swimmers are expected to attend the local meets.  As a swimmer advances through our program, participation in out of town meets is encouraged.  Competitions give the coaches a tangible way to measure improvement and help direct the focus of the group's practices. The younger age group swimmers typically compete in local and hosted meets, while the more advanced swimmers travel to various out of town competitions, as well as the local and hosted meets.  

What equipment do we need?
Each swimmer will need a suit, goggles, and a cap.  Each group will use fins at least once a week. Each pool has a supply of fins (but not all sizes), kick boards, paddles and pull-buoys for the swimmers to use.  If you would like to purchase equipment through the club, the McCallie location has fins, googles, and practice suits available. McCallie/GPS Aquatics has a wide variety of products for sale on the McCallie/GPS Team Portal provided by our supplier Swim and Tri.


How do I sign-up for a meet?
You can "Commit to Attend" or "Decline" through our on-line meet registration.  Declare which days (or sessions) that your swimmer(s) will be at the meet.  The coaching staff will then enter swimmers in appropriate events for the specific days or sessions.


What do we need to wear at swim meets?
The only uniform required at swim meets is a team cap.


Do we really need to be at the pool for meet warm-up?  
Yes!  Each swimmer should check with their group's coach to find out what time warm-ups will start.  The coaching staff designs warm-ups to help each swimmer swim to their potential at the meet.


What can parents do to help our kids swim faster?
Providing unconditional support for your swimmers will create an environment where your child is not afraid to fail or succeed. Support the coaches so your child knows who to listen to for swimming instruction. A long term view to swimming improvement will help both the swimmer and parent get through the tougher times in swimming.


What can I do to help at a meet?
The meets that McCallie/GPS Aquatics hosts are very important to our club!  A lot of work goes into putting on a successful meet. The money generated from the meets goes towards helping the club keep our fees lower. Online volunteer signup is available a couple weeks prior to a hosted meet.  Most volunteer jobs can be learned quickly, so you do not need any experience, from hospitality and concessions to timing and clerk or course. Also, each team is required to have officials. A team can never have too many certified officials. If you are interested in officiating please get in touch with Coach Roger Dahlke.


What kind of suit do we need?
Girls need a one piece competition style suit and boys will need either a competition jammer or a speedo.  McCallie/GPS Aquatics has team suits available through our team's Swim and Tri portal. Please click on the Swim and Tri logo on the left sidebar.


Can we take a month off during the season & what do we need to do to inform the billing office so our bill is correct?
We encourage our swimmers to swim throughout the entire season, but we are aware that it is impossible to do everything.  You can take off during the season. Invoices will post to your account the 1st of each month for the previous month.  Swimmers not attending practice for a month should not have an amount posted on the invoice.