This page is designed to answer all of your common questions. If your question is not answered here please the swim team manager or ask the coach!
Do the Garner Dolphins Participate In the TSA Program?
Yes, the Garner Dolphins swim under Tarheel Swimming Association (TSA) rules. TSA sets up our meet schedule and settles any disputes that may arise. Each team has a TSA representative at the meet. The Garner Dolphins TSA Representative is Tina Hutchins. You can learn more about the Tarheel Swim Association at their website.
Do we have to be a member of the Heather Hills Pool to Join?
Yes, TSA rules state that in order to swim for a summer league team, your family must be a member of the resident pool. For more information on joining the Heather Hills Pool / Garner Swim & Rec. Club, please visit Heather Hills Club Website.
When is My Child Ready for the Swim Team?
Any child who expresses an interest in the swim team is encouraged to come out and attend several practices. If you are unsure if your child is ready for competitive swimming, the team coaches will be glad to evaluate your child's swimming ability and advise you as to the suitability of the swim team for your child.
Swim team is not swim lessons. Although each swimmer will improve their swimming skills through competitive swimming, the swim team is not staffed to provide a great deal of individual instruction to small children. To be a member of the team, each young child should meet a minimum skill level (they do not have to be good swimmers). The pool does offer swim lessons if needed.
As a general rule, 6 and Under age group swimmers should be able and willing to jump from the side of the pool, go under water, and come up swimming (moving) unassisted. Age group 7 & 8 swimmers should be able to dive (sort of) from the starting blocks and swim the length of the pool without assistance or stopping. Swimmers ages 7 to 18 should be able to swim unassisted before joining the team.
If the coaches feel that a child is not ready for the swim team, they will talk to the parents and suggest individual swim lessons for the child before returning to the team. The coaches will make the final determination of a swimmer's suitability for the swim team.
Where are the directions to the pools for away swim meets?
You can find the pool that we swim at on the home page under the Pool Locations Tab.