2021 Summer Start Membership

Welcome to the Peters Township Swim Club "Summer Start" Club Membership information page!

We are currently accepting registrations for new members (based on a coach-conducted evaluation). For new members, coaches will determine your child’s readiness at a brief evaluation and your child will be placed in an appropriate practice group based on his or her age and skill level. Please email [email protected] for more information.

The "Summer Start" membership begins May 3rd through the end of July (the team is on break in August). This pro-rated membership is available only to new members*; it is not intended for swimmers who only want to swim in the summer. We are a year round swim club and annual membership registration/renewal occurs in late August. Those that start in the summer can continue in the fall with annual registration.

*A new member is defined as someone who has not been registered by PTSC with USA Swimming for at least 2 seasons.

Why take advantage of “Summer Start” membership?

This is a great option for younger or prospective swimmers who are “on the fence” about joining a swim club without the commitment of joining the team for a full year. In addition, the membership fees are pro-rated because of the shorter summer season so it is much more affordable to new members. Another advantage of the summer start membership is that the practice schedule is slightly more relaxed than the more rigorous practice calendar that gears up in the fall in preparation for more competitive swimming. As we patiently wait for the new 8 lane pool at the High School to be completed, practices for May 3rd - June 11th will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening at the Spencer YMCA in Bethel Park. Practices for June 14th - July 30th will be held in the morning at Valleybrook Country Club or in the evening at the YMCA depending on practice group assignment. 

We plan to participate in Summer League meets with other local clubs such as Mt. Lebanon, Upper St. Clair and Bethel Park.  These meets typically take place on Tuesday or Thursday evenings in June/July.  More information will be provided when available. These meets are geared for new swimmers and are very "low key" and fun! Participation is encouraged but not required. There are no additional fees associated with Summer League meets.

Minimum Requirements and Swim Level

Swimmer must be at least 5 years of age and capable of swimming one length freestyle of a 25 yard pool. Swimmers who are not quite ready for club membership may be interested in our Learn to Swim and/or Novice Swim Programs which are separate from club membership and offered at different times throughout the year. *** After a coach conducted evaluation, swimmers are divided into five practice groups based on age and skill level:

  • Nationals - high school swimmers
  • Makos - middle school and advanced younger swimmers
  • Orcas - transitional group preparing to move to Makos
  • Dolphins - more experienced younger swimmers
  • Piranhas - new and less experienced younger swimmers

Please visit the practice groups page for more detailed information on abilities, goals, and attendance recommendations.

The cost of the 2021 Summer Club Membership varies based on practice group as follows: 

National/Mako

Dues $330, USA Swimming Registration Fee $83, PTSC Registration Fee $25 (total: $438).

Orca

Dues $300, USA Swimming Seasonal Registration Fee $49, PTSC Registration Fee $25 (total: $374).

Dolphin

Dues $290, USA Swimming Seasonal Registration Fee $49, PTSC Registration Fee $25 (total: $364).

Piranha

Dues $280, USA Swimming Seasonal Registration Fee $49, PTSC Registration Fee $25 (total: $354).

***Our Learn to Swim and Novice Programs are non-commitment based swim programs designed for children ages 4 and up with the goal of teaching basic swimming skills from beginner through pre-competitive level swimming. If you have reached this page and are looking for basic “swim lessons” for your child, please visit the Learn to Swim page for more information.

One final advantage of joining our “summer start” program is that the traditional fees associated with year round membership are waived because of the shorter season. The volunteer, fundraising and non-resident fees that are waived for the summer start membership will be applicable to annual membership.  

Ready to Sign Up?

If your child has been evaluated and placed into a practice group by one of our coaches, please click here to enter the registration section. Once registered, you will be sent an email with additional information on your user account which will then grant you full access to the club website.

Thank you for considering Peters Township Swim Club.  We look forward to having you join the PTSC Family and are excited for another great season!