The University Hills Narwhals is a summer swim team that is part of the Irvine Swim League. The team is open to all University Hills children age 5-18 as of June 1 of each year. This season, weekday practice sessions, held at Coltrane Pool between 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm, will begin June 2 and conclude August 7. Swim meets are held on Saturday mornings at pools within Irvine (two plus Time Trials will be held at Coltrane).
Though Narwhals coaches help swimmers improve their strokes and turns, this is not a "learn to swim" group. Children must be water-safe to participate, i.e., they must be able to get across the pool safely on their own without the use of a flotation device.
The Narwhals is a 100% volunteer organization. Parent participation, essential for the operation of the team and swim meets, is required. Parents are asked to earn volunteer points by working shifts at swim meets, with each shift lasting approximately two hours. Each family registering one child is asked to earn 5 volunteer points. Families registering more than one child are asked to earn 6 volunteer points. (Signups for volunteer slots will open up on this website at 9 pm on April 8. For more information, there will be a parent meeting at 7 pm on April 7 at the Community Center).
Registration fees and team swimsuit costs are as follows:
age 5-14: $230 per swimmer (plus $50 ISL fee) = Total of $280
age 5-14 sibling discount of $30 = Total of $250 for each additional child
age 15-18: $130 per swimmer (plus $50 ISL fee) = Total of $180
(cannot combine with sibling discount)
A team swimsuit is required for all Narwhals swimmers. Costs are as follows:
Female Suit $50
Male Jammer $35
Male Brief $30
When registering, you will be asked to choose a swimsuit size. You can use this sizing chart to assist you in choosing an accurate size. Please note that you will also need to add the swimsuit to your cart during the check out process.
For your convenience, we can accept payment via check or credit card. However, please note that a non-refundable processing fee of 30 cents plus 2.95% of the transaction amount will be assessed for credit card payments.
To register, you must do the following:
1. Register online by clicking the "Home" button above and then "Online Registration." Set up the account for the adult and then add member(s) for the children. Remember that you will also need to add the swimsuits to your cart during the checkout process. Select either pay by credit card (see above) or pay by check (see below).
2. After registering online, you must submit documentation for any NEW swimmer to Dropbox:
OPTION 1 (PREFERRED): IUSD AERIES WEBSITE OR APP (instructions provided here). This one document will verify the new swimmer's age AND residence.
OPTION 2: one (1) age verification document and two (2) residency verification documents. Acceptable documents include:
3. Pay your $100 volunteer deposit, check payable to UHills Narwhals. This is a refundable deposit which will be returned if you complete all your volunteer assignments. To submit your deposit, you can either stop by the ICHA office during working hours and leave it in an envelope in the Narwhals box (just ask the staff where it is), or mail the deposit to Uhills Narwhals, c/o ICHA, 1083 California Avenue, Irvine, CA 92617. Note: if you did not pay your registration fee by credit card, please also include your registration fee in the same envelope, but you must write two separate checks, one for the registration fee and one for the $100 deposit.
Your registration will not be complete and activated and your space on the team confirmed until all documents and payments have been submitted and accepted.
Refund requests will only be considered under the following circumstances:
If a swimmer withdraws prior to the season start;
If a swimmer is deemed by the head coach to not be water safe;
if, within the first week of the season, a previously unknown medical condition is identified which interferes with swimming.