Swim Groups

The Elk River Rays offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of the Elk River Rays here to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities.



This is our entry level group. An athlete needs to be able to swim 25yds of any one stroke to enter this group.  


Age Group 1

From the Novice group, athletes move into this group. Athletes in this group focus mainly on learning four legal competitive strokes, having fun, and perfecting start and turn technique.


Age Group II

From the Age Group I group, athletes move into this group. Athletes in this group are usually at least 10 years old. This group is exposed to training for the first time while trying to prepare for the 200 Freestyle and 200 Individual Medley races. Competing at swim meets is highly encouraged at a rate of about once per month.


Senior Group

Minimum age for entry into this group is 11 years old. Athletes entering this group must display a desire to begin training on a more committed basis. Competition at swim meets is expected in this group. Training takes precedence over technique work for the first time in the athlete's development. Athletes in this group train for the 200 Individual Medley and 500 Freestyles.