What Is the “Shark Pups” Program?
The Shark Pups program is designed for kids who are comfortable in the water but not yet ready for swim team. It is a program that guides the children through the first stages of stroke development. Overall, at the end of the program, it is hoped that the child is water safe and/or on the right path to water safety, independent swimming for given distances and comfortable in the water.
Is My Child Ready For Shark Pups?
Keep in mind that every child makes progress at different rates. That is to be expected, and does not reflect future ability. A child who learns slowly at an early age may very well leap frog her friends by the end of a session. I would suggest that if your son or daughter feels comfortable simply being in the water, they will do fine. Please note that parents are not allowed in the pool with their children during this program. The instructors are very experienced and will provide the necessary supervision to ensure the children’s safety. Kids should be a least 4 year olds.
Each Shark Pups Session consists of about 16 - 25 minute classes. Classes will typically run Monday-Thursday each week. During some sessions we have two Shark Pups classes back to back. For those sessions, swimmers will be assigned to the first or second class by the coaches to make certain that each swimmer is in the right group and receiving the proper level of instruction.
Instructors are in the water with swimmers and we also have platforms that allow the swimmers to stand in the water. We try to keep the ratio around one instructor to 4-5 swimmers. Instructors are always in the water with their group.
Shark Pups Sessions cost $160/swimmer and there is a $20 discount for swimmers who attend multiple sessions.
Shark Pup 2018 schedule:
March 5 - March 30 Monday – Thursday except week 4 which has classes Monday-Wednesday and Friday. 5:30, 6:00 starts (Start time pending availability and swimmer age/level)
Session 2 – April (16 classes)
April 2 - May 3 Monday – Thursday 5:30, 6:00 starts (Start time pending availability and swimmer age/level)
No class the week of April 9-13.
Session 3 - May (16 classes)
May 7 - June 1 Monday – Thursday 5:00, 5:30 starts (Start time pending availability and swimmer age/level)
Monday-Thursday weeks 1-3, Tuesday - Friday week 4.
No class Monday May 28
Session 4 - June (15 classes)
June 5 - June 29 Weeks 1,3,4 Monday – Thursday Week 2 Monday,Tuesday, Friday due to SRHS graduation. 5:00, 5:30 start (Start time pending availability and swimmer age/level)
Note: Shark Pup sessions may have two classes back to back (5:30-5:55 and 6:00-6:25 for example). For those sessions, swimmers will be assigned to the first or second class by the coaches to make certain that each swimmer is in the right group and receiving the proper level of instruction.
If you have any questions please email the Shark Pups Coordinator.