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How do I register?
Registration is easy! New families can to come to our Sign Up Meeting or click HERE to email our Head Coach Alex Lindstrom.

How much does the season cost?
Fees vary with practice level. They will be posted before registration opens.

Where is the Mantas team located?
We practice at a variety of pools in the Mankato area including Minnesota State Mankato, East & West High Schools and Gustavus Adolphus College.  In the summer we practice at Tourtellotte Pool in Mankato.

Is the team part of a school?
No.  Mantas Swim Club is a  non-profit competitive swim club, associated with USA Swimming, open to all levels of ability. 

What is the USA Swimming Membership?
It is required that all swimmers have a current USA Swimming membership. This membership not only supports swimming throughout the country, it also provides accident and medical insurance for every swimmer and every club. Each swimmer is covered at any organized practice and at every competition that is USA Swimming sanctioned.

What forms of payment can I use?
Cash/Check, Visa, or Mastercard

Is there a trial period available?
We offer a free two-week trial for new swimmers.  Swimmers will need fill out the the required USA Swimming forms in order to participate in the one-week trial.  Please contact Coach Lindstrom for more information.

How well does my child have to swim to join Mantas Swim Club?
Because we are not "swimming lessons" we ask that a child can "swim" one length of our 25-yard pool safely and without assistance. The stroke does not have to be perfect or even pretty. We will fix that!

Do I have to "try out" for the team?
No. We hold in-the-water evaluations for level placement to ensure swimmers are put in a practice group that best suits their age and ability.

How long is the swim season?
Swimmers are encouraged to swim all year, but there are two "seasons". Short Course season starts in mid-September and ends with the State meet in early March. During the Short Course season, the swimmers compete in 25-yard pools. Long Course season starts in April and ends with the State meet in early August. Many of the meets during Long Course season are held in 50-meter pools. We register swimmers for one season at a time.

How many days a week does my child have to practice?
We understand that families are busy. We offer practice opportunities 4-6 days each week.  Coaches encourage swimmers to attend as many practices as possible in order to make the most progress throughout the season. Monthly practice calendars are posted on the website.

 What volunteer opportunities are there for me as a parent?
Mantas Swim Club is a parent-run, volunteer organization. We rely on families to participate in our fundraising activities throughout the season. These can include:

  • Hosting swim meets in June and July 
  • Volunteering at our home swim meets
  • Obtaining sponsorships from area businesses

What equipment will I need for practice?
You will need a swim suit. We recommend a one-piece suit for girls and tight swimming shorts (jammers) for the boys. You will also need a pair of goggles and a swim cap. After the season starts, coaches may ask swimmers to purchase a set of fins or other equipment.

Are swim meets required?
Swim meets are not required, but they are strongly encouraged. They are the best way to measure your improvement, and they are lots of fun.

How do I know what swim meets are coming up?
The season meet schedule is posted on our website.

How do I sign up for a swim meet?
Click on the Events/Meets tab and select meet you want to sign up for. Most meets are Saturday and Sunday. You can choose to swim one or both days of any meet.

Do swim meets cost extra?
Yes. Fees vary by meet. Posted meet information includes meet fees. Swimmers are usually charged per race a fee of $2.00-$5.00.

How do I know my child is ready to participate in a swim meet?
Your coach will let you and your child know when they are ready to swim at a meet. Meets are a learning experience and kids are encouraged to participate as soon as they feel comfortable.

Do I get to choose the events my child swims at a meet?
If you choose to do so, can request events for each meet.  All requested events need to be evaluated and approved by the Coach prior to each meet.

What is the required team uniform?
Mantas requires a team cap.  We encourage swimmers to purchase a team suit.  Team warm-ups and other apparel are optional.  Apparel orders are available at the beginning of each season.  Suits, goggles and other gear can be purchased by clicking on the Pure Blue Swim logo located along the left side of the website.