Swim Groups & Pools


BSC is divided into seven swimming levels, based on age and ability. New swimmers are evaluated and placed in the appropriate group. Several opportunities to test into the next group occur each season.  Two seasons make up the calendar year.  The Short Course season is held in 25-yard pools and runs from September to March. These practices and meets are held indoors.  The Long Course season lasts from April through July. During this time, practice and meets are held in 50-meter pools, which are frequently outdoors.

Learn to Swim

The BSC "Learn to Swim" program is designed to: 

1) improve your child’s swimming ability; 

2) increase your child’s confidence and independence in the water; 

3) alert your child to safety issues in aquatic environments;

4) prepare your child for entry into the world of competitive swimming.

Beginning Competitive

This group is for swimmers ages 5 - 10 that can swim at least 25 yards of front crawl and backstroke and are familiar with breaststroke.  We want them to be water safe, so if a coach is working with one swimmer all the other swimmers are safe being in the water. These swimmers work mostly on technique and some endurance to get ready for the next level.  This group meets 3 times per week (Tue, Thur, Sat) for 90 minutes each practice.


This group is for kids who are 8-11 years old and can do 50 yards of freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke and know the concepts of butterfly. The breaststroke does not have to be legal but they must be able to keep up with the group. This group practices on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays for 1.5 hours each practice. This group is NOT intended for swimmers entering 6th-8th grades.


This group is for kids that are 9-13 years old and can do the following sets in practice:  8x100 free on 1:45 and 5x100 IM on 2:00. These test sets are based on the minimum requirements to keep up in this group, and when a swimmer successfully completes these sets they must realize that they can now do the minimum of what it takes to train with this group. This group is significantly more demanding than Bronze Group. This group has practices on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday practices are for 2 hours and Friday and Saturday practices are for an hour and a half.

Junior High Prep

This group is for kids that are in 6th-8th grades. This group focuses on getting ready for the Jr. High swim season that is in February and March.  Swimmers in this group are usually new to swimming and work mostly on the basics of stroke technique, starts and turns. This group has practices on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays for an hour and a half.


This group is for kids that are 11-14 years old and can do the following sets in practice: 10x100 on 1:30 and 5x200 IM on 3:45.  Again, these sets are the minimum requirements to keep up with this group. This group is for very committed swimmers and they practice six days a week. The Gold Group practice schedule consists of 2-hour practices (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat) and a 1.5-hour practice on Friday.

High School Prep

This group is for high school swimmers who are getting ready for the high school season. It runs before and after the high school season in the fall and winter and it also runs through the summer season. This group emphasizes technique and building endurance for the high school season. Practice is offered Monday through Saturday.


This group is for swimmers 13 and older who can do the following sets in practice: 10x100 on the 1:20 and 5x200 IM on the 3:30. This group is for our most committed swimmers. It has practice Monday through Saturday for 2 hours each practice and in the summer has 2 practices a day, 4 days a week, for a total of 10 practices a week during peak training.


BSC currently enjoys the use of four local pools:

Bloomington High School North (NORTH) directions

Bloomington High School South (SOUTH) directions

Counsilman - Billingsley Aquatic Center (CBAC) directions

Indiana University Outdoor Pool (IUOP) directions