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Read Mountain Swim Team FAQ

Do I have to be a member of Read Mountain Swim Club? If so, how do I do that?

Membership on our swim team does require membership to the Read Mountain Swim Club. There are single and family memberships available. (Children who swim on our team must be registered as part of a family membership.) It is very easy to sign up!

Go to readmountainswimclub.com or call (540) 966-4115 for more information.

Do I have to buy a special swim suit?

While you do not have to have a special swimsuit, our coaches do encourage our members to wear solid navy (or mostly solid navy) swimsuits. Many swimmers wear Speedo suits, but you are not limited to that brand. Swimoutlet.com and the Swim Shop on Brambleton Avenue are excellent resources for swim apparel. If you decide to have the Read Mountain logo added to your swim suit, you may take it to the Swim Shop and they will add the logo for a flat $5 fee. Please see our website for deadlines for logo additions.

Is there an age limit to who can swim?

Swimmers must be able to swim the length of the pool unassisted, but there is no specific age limit, either young or old. 

How do swim meets work?

Swim meets are a lot of fun! Swimmers arrive at our pool at 5pm for warm-ups; meets begin at 6pm. At each meet, your swimmer will swim two strokes, unless he or she is participating in a relay event or needs to swim an event in the “open” portion of select meets. Your coaches will give you more information on these topics as needed.

7-8 year olds swim first, then 6 & unders, then 9-10’s, and on up. Once each age group swims one stroke, we start all over again. Meets last about 2 ½ -3 hours; the strokes we swim each night can be found on our website as well as the RVAA website.

If you are not volunteering at a swim meet, you are welcome to leave when your swimmer has completed his or her events for the evening.

Do I need to volunteer at swim meets and team events?

Parent volunteers run each meet and parents are required to volunteer a certain number of meets per season. We handle our volunteer signups with a website called SignUp Genius; signing up is free and it is an easy way to track your volunteer shifts throughout the season. As we get closer to the start of the season, we will know exactly how many slots each family will need to fill and we will open up the sign up website.

Descriptions of volunteer jobs are available here

What can I expect at the Parent Meeting?

The parent meeting will cover many of the topics listed here. It provides an opportunity to meet the coaches and the swim team board of directors. We will discuss volunteer requirements and the jobs available, practice schedules, and meet dates. All of the information from the parent meeting will be posted on the team website. The parent meeting will be held Tuesday, May 1st, at Bonsack Baptist Church - Bonsack Hall at 7:00pm.

How do I register?

Registration is very simple and is completed on our swim team website. You can register anytime, from your computer, tablet, or mobile device. Registration begins March 19 and continues until June 9, 2014. We offer online registration to allow you the convenience of registration on your schedule, rather than a one-time, specific day registration.

You will have to register separately with the Roanoke Valley Aquatic Association, as well as join the Read Mountain Swim Club. Links for these organization may be found here:

Click Here to go to the Read Mountain Swim Team registration page

How much does it cost?

          2018 Fees

1 swimmer      $ 90

2 swimmers    $155 ($77.50 each)

3 swimmers    $220 ($73.00 each)

4 swimmers    $285 ($71.25 each)

5 swimmers    $350 ($70.00 each)

Who are the coaches and members of the swim team board?

A list of coaches and board members may be viewed here

What is the City/County meet? When and where is it? What might I expect at that meet?

The City/County meet is held at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center at the conclusion of the season. Click here for directions to the meet location. This is the championship meet and all swimmers should plan to participate. It is a 2 day event, held Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21, 2018. 10 and under swimmers compete in the morning session and 11 and over swimmers compete in the afternoon sessions.

Parents and swimmers will set up in a designated team area and “hang out” until swimmers are called to Clerk of Course. Swimmers should bring something to do, towels, extra clothes, and swim gear. Parents should bring chairs, snacks, drinks, etc. Concessions and swim apparel are available on site, as well.