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RIPTIDE Swimming 

“Inspire and develop life skills through perseverance in the sport of swimming"

We welcome all individuals with the willingness to learn and succeed at swimming and in life. To us, swimming is a lifetime sport and combines the development of mind, body, and spirit into one's personal growth and ultimate success. By striving for success in swimming each individual will face their own personal obstacles, such as: fatigue, boredom, disappointment and possibly even failure.

Through swimming we can help develop skills such as goal setting, discipline, respect and sportsmanship so each individual can learn to overcome obstacles set before them. These lessons in swimmer transfer into all of life's situations.

Training Groups:


WAVES:  Introductory group to competitive swimming, for those who are not sure if swim team is right for them. This group is for the swimmer with no previous (or very little) experience. They should be able to swim (1) one length of the pool freestyle and backstroke. This group will meet once a week, on Sunday, from 11:00 am-12 noon, from September to the end of February. They will compete at dual meets.

PREP This is for our very beginner swimmers 5-6 years of age. They will swim twice a week for 45 minutes. Working on freestyle and backstroke technique, as well as the basics of breaststroke and butterfly, will be the focus. They will swim USA and dual meets during the season, which will run from September to the end of February.

Transitional: This group is for ages 10 and over, who have basic stroke mechanics but have never been on a competitive swim team before. This group focuses on stroke technique of all four strokes and introduction to competitive swimming. They will meet 3 times a week for 1 hour and 15 minutes each. Recommendation for placement into any of the other training groups is made at the request of the transitional coach, with final approval of the head coach.  Their season is from September to the end of May.

Freshman:
This group is for swimmers  7-10 years of age. This group practices 3 times a week for an hour each.  All four strokes are introduced, along with starts and turns.  Swimmers are to be fluid in all four strokes before moving on at the encouragement of the freshman coach. Their season is from September to the end of May.

Sophomore:This group is for more experienced swimmers ages 9 and over., and they are fluid in all four strokes, as well as competitive experience.  The maximum age for the Sophomore group is 13. Stroke technique and conditioning for competitive swimming are emphasized. Sophomore swimmers practice 4 times a week 1 hour along with Parisi training 1 day a week.  They also have the opportunity for Long Course training in the summer.  Placement in this group is done thru evaluation by Sophomore coach and final approval of head coach. This group will swim from September to the end of May, with LC training available for the summer.

Junior: This group is for the more competitive swimmer 11 years of age and older. All aspects of swimming are emphasized, with more focus on technique refinement and enhanced training.  Dry land training is introduced 2 times per week, with additional Parisi training 1 day a week. This group practices 5 timer\s per week for 1 1/2 to 2 hours each. Placement is done by evaluation of Junior coach, recommendation of Sophomore coach and final approval of the head coach

Pre-Senior:
This group is for the more experienced swimmer 11 & older, training is more intense, still working technique but building endurance as well. Swimmers should have a minimum of 3 silver times to be considered for this group. Dry land training/Parisi are a part of the weekly training for the Pre Senior group, which meets up to 6 times a week for 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Placement is done by evaluation, recommendation of the Junior coach, with final approval of the head coach.

Senior:
This group makes a commitment to train at the highest level to achieve Gold and National time standards. Their practices in the pool and dryland will be challenging. Swimmers are required to attend practice 5-6 days a week for 2 to 2 & 1/2 hours plus dry land and Parisi.  They should have a minimum of 4 silver/gold times to be considered for this group. Attendance, dedication and commitment must be maintained to be in this group, plus be a great role model for all other fellow athletes. Placement is done by evaluation, times and approval of the head coach.

College:
Any College athlete interested in training and competing for the swim program are invited at the discretion of the Head Coach. At TAC, we believe the opportunity for our club swimmers to train with collegiate athletes is invaluable and welcome such athletes under certain guidelines and criteria.


Dryland:
The Sophomore, Junior, Pre-Senior and Senior groups are required to attend and participate in dryland. Dryland will consist of an array of exercises and drills to increase core strength and flexibility. Exercises will use equipment like medicine balls, cords,free weights, and natural body weight. All dryland regiments are done in a circuit format to allow each swimmer to develop strength and flexibility while being able to transfer such power into our daily practice regiments and competitions. Some dryland sessions will be under the guidance of our Parisi instructors, while the remainder will be conducted under the guidance of the primary coach.


Sophomores will do dryland 1 time per week.

Juniors will do dryland 3 times per week.

Pre-Senior and Senior groups will do dryland 4 to 5 times per week.

The Parisi Speed School will be conducting dryland on specific days and times for each group.