Welcome to Highlands Swim!
Each season the Highlands Whomping Turtles look to continue our turtle traditions, and make new memories for all of our wonderful families, from the newest of Mini Whompers to the most seasoned NVSL veterans. We encourage all Highlands members to participate in Swim Team activities regardless of level of experience. Learn-to-swim with our supportive and fun-loving coaches, develop swimming skills with our organized practices, have a blast with all the team swimmers at Monday night “B meets,” and get crazy to support the “A Meet” competitors at NVSL meets on Saturday mornings. And don’t forget the weekly Pancake Breakfasts after morning practices on Fridays, Bagel Mondays, after-practice Art & Crafts, Friday night pep rallies for the entire family, and all of our other social events for the team!
The Highlands Swim Program is open to all swimmers of various skill levels, ages 5-18, and is broken into three distinct categories- Swim Team, Mini Whompers, and Swim Lessons.
Swim Team - The Highlands Swim Team is open to swimmers that are members of Highlands Swim and Tennis Club. Swimmers between the ages of 5 and 18 are invited to join the Swim Team. Swimmers must be able to swim unassisted a recognizable freestyle (face in the water, breathing side to side), one 25-meter length of the pool, swim unassisted a recognizable backstroke one 25-meter length of the pool, be comfortable in the water, and keep up in practice.
Mini Whompers - The Mini Whompers Developmental Swim Program is designed to provide a sound foundation in the proper technique of all four competitive strokes for swimmers five-to-eight years old. The Mini Whompers program focuses on correct breathing patterns, endurance, and provides an introduction to NVSL competitive swimming in a fun and positive environment. Swimmers in the Mini Whompers Developmental Swim Program must be able to swim unassisted the 25-meter freestyle. Mini Whompers may advance to the Swim Team when they are able to meet the Swim Team eligibility requirements outlined above and at the discretion of our head coaching staff. The maximum number of swimmers in the Mini Whomper program is fifty. The program is a six-week program running from June 15 through July 24, 2020 10:30am—11:15am Monday—Friday. There are no afternoon Mini Whomper practices.
Group Swim Lessons- Group Lessons are available in a small environment for Beginner level swimmers. Participating swimmer’s must be Highlands members. Coaches will work with the swimmers on developing confidence in the water, endurance and stroke development. There are 7 one-week sessions throughout the summer and will be limited to 15 swimmers in each class. The age requirement for Group Lessons is 4-8 years old. Group Lesson sign up can be found here. Registration opens for all sessions on May 1, 2020. After you register for Group Swim Lessons, please download and print the Acknowledgement and Waiver and turn into the Head Group Lessons Instructor at your swimmer’s first class.
Private Swim Lessons- Private Swim Lessons are given by Highlands Swim Coaches. Lessons are scheduled directly with the coach, are 30 minutes in duration, and range from $15-40 per session depending on the level of coach. If your swimmer is interested in Private Swim Lessons (both Swim Team and non-Swim Team lessons), please send an email to email@example.com, include your swimmer’s age, gender, a brief description of his/her swimming level, general or specific skill(s) swimmer would like to focus on during lesson, a general day/time availability, and the parent’s contact information.
***All 8 & under swimmers who were not on the Swim Team in 2019, must be assessed for the 2020 season. During the Assessment, swimmers will be referred to the Swim Team, Mini Whompers Developmental Program, Group or Private club swim lessons.
Your swimmer must be registered for the 2020 season in order to participate in Assessments. Please choose the group you think they most likely belong in- Swim Team or Mini Whompers. The Coaches will change your swimmer’s group if necessary after they are assessed. Registration will open on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at www.whompingturtles.org.
Please choose one of the five days offered for your swimmer to be assessed:
Sunday March 8, Sunday April 19, Sunday May 17 at the Tyson’s YWCA (8101 Wolftrap Road, Dunn Loring, VA) 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Tuesday, May 26 and Wednesday, May 27 at Highlands Upper Pool 4:30pm - 5:00pm