How do I join the team?
Just email Coach Kile to schedule a quick 10-minute swim evaluation for your child. This will allow us to place your swimmer in the practice group most appropriate for age and ability. Then swim with us for a week for free! This will give you and your swimmer a chance to evaluate CA to see if we are a good fit for you and your schedule. At the end of your free week, just go to the CA website and use our convenient online registration.
What are "practice groups?"
CA has a number of different groups that practice at various times and pools. The groups differ based on the swimmer's age and ability. Placement into a practice group is made by the coaches to allow for the most successful experience for the swimmer. Coaches will move a swimmer to the next level practice group as soon as the coaches believe that the swimmer is ready.
Where do you practice?
The competitive team holds practice at four locations: USC (downtown), Columbia College (north Columbia), Top Spin (Lexington), and Drew Wellness (downtown).
What are short course and long course seasons?
The swim year is divided into two seasons: short course season (late August through March) and long course season (April through July). During short course season swimmers compete in a 25-yard pool. During long course season, they compete in a 50-meter pool. The long course season is shorter in duration, but it is critical in helping your swimmer improve over the summer. Swimmers who participate in long course season set themselves up for greater success over the next short course season. The team takes a two-week break at the conclusion of long course season (in the middle of August).
How is CA organized?
We began in 1997 as a professionally staffed 501(c)(3) non-profit year-round competitive swim program. We are structured as a head coach/CEO-run and volunteer parent Board-supported swim club. The Board of Directors is composed of parent volunteers who administrates the "dry side" of the team while the Head Coach and coaching staff administrate the "wet side." Click HERE to read more about our vision, mission, and history.
How many meets do we have to swim in during the year?
As many as you would like. We generally schedule one meet per month. The championship meets are in February/March (short course state and sectionals, Palmetto Championship) and in July (long course state and sectionals). While the coaches would love every swimmer to participate in every meet, they understand that sometimes this is simply not possible. Also, some meets do require qualifying times.
Are all the meets travel meets?
No. CA usually hosts at least 2 short course meets as well as 2 long course meets. While we do have travel meets, most of these travel meets are in-state and a relatively short drive from Columbia (often under 2 hours). For our away meets, we try to identify a hotel where we can stay together as a team and receive a discounted room rate.
Who are the coaches?
We have the best group of USA Swimming certified coaches in the Midlands. In addition to passing coaching exams through USA Swimming, USA-S certified coaches must maintain current CPR and lifeguard credentials as well as background checks and Athlete Protection Training credentials. All have competitive swimming backgrounds (club, high school, and college), and they love to help your swimmer grow, develop, and succeed in the sport of swimming. Click HERE to read about our coaches in detail.
What is Deck Pass?
Deck Pass is an online platform that tracks swimmers’ times and rewards them with digital incentives. USA Swimming members can track their best times, set goals, check their IMX scores, and earn digital patches for their achievements. All swimmers can track their times via the log book as well as set personal goals. Deck Pass also allows swimmers to connect with friends and family. It is free for both USA Swimming members and non-members. Click HERE to read more about Deck Pass.
What is Safe Sport?
USA Swimming is committed to fostering a fun, healthy, and safe environment for all its members, and in 2010, it formally implemented a comprehensive Safe Sport program to respond to and prevent instances of abuse and misconduct within the sport of swimming. Since then USA Swimming Safe Sport has worked tirelessly to educate members, put policies in place, and empower LSCs and clubs to create the best possible environments for all members. Click HERE to learn more about Safe Sport.