8 & Under Advanced

Please note that all our programs are currently filled and under a modified schedule due to COVID restrictions. New swimmers, please register for our waitlist.  

The 8 & Under Advanced program is designed to develop the skills needed to be a competent competitive swimmer. Racing starts, turns and IM transitions are introduced in this group. The four competitive strokes will continue to be refined. In addition to acquiring and refining skills, the swimmers in this group will also receive level-appropriate endurance and sprint training throughout the course of each season.


The focus on developing the competitive strokes, additional physical skills and strength needed to excel and grow in the sport will prepare these young swimmers for competitive Age Group swimming. The swimmers in this group will have the opportunity to compete in local and statewide competitions.

Swimmers who have successfully mastered the skill sets required in the 8 & Under Program will progress to the Junior Developmental Age Group program.

The 8 & Under program is offered three (3) days a week and practices for one hour and two dryland training sessions per week. The swimmers in this group will have the opportunity to compete in local and statewide swim meets.

  • T/Th/F 4:00-5:00pm
  • T/Th 5:00-5:30pm - Dryland Training 


COSTS & COMMITMENTS: This program costs $105.00 a month. Annual USA Swimming membership is required to participate in this program: Either Premium Membership ($70) or Flex Membership ($20). Note Flex Membership allows members to compete in only two swim meets per year, and may be upgraded to the Premium Membership at any time. 

There are no additional fees or family volunteer requirements to participate.

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8 & Under Group Criteria

Swimmers must be able to complete the following:

  • Swim 25 yards of freestyle
  • Swim 25 yards of backstroke
  • Swim 25 yards of breaststroke
  • Able to jump into water.

There is no attendance requirement for this group, but athletes will improve more quickly, and make more friends (which will make them want to come more!), the more often they attend practice. It is recommended to come to at least two for regular improvement. Practice duration is one hour.


Goals of the 8 & Under Group:

  • Swim a 100 IM legally (regardless of time) 
  • Swim 50 yards of each stroke
  • Do a flip turn
  • Kick 4x25 @ :35
  • Push off and streamline to flags with dolphin kick
  • Acquire a basic understanding of the pace clock
  • Swim a 200 freestyle with flip turns (regardless of time)