Junior Novice

The Junior Novice is designed to offer your child an opportunity to acquire new skills and confidence in the water before joining our competitive team. The skills are introduced in a fun, caring atmosphere with a low student to teacher ratio to ensure every swimmer gets the individualized attention needed to learn.

This program focuses on the development of Freestyle, Backstroke, and Breaststroke as well as the introduction of Butterfly. Proper body position, body roll, rhythmic breathing techniques are all introduced.

The focus of this program is skill acquisition in an environment that fosters a love of the sport. Participants who successfully complete this program are prepared to join our competitive Jr. Developmental group. 

Spring Schedule


  • Dry Land ~ 5:00-5:20PM
  • Swim ~ 5:20-6:15PM 


  • Swim Only ~ 5:30-6:30PM
Summer Schedule ~ June 5-August 5
  • Dry Land ~ 7:45-8:15AM
  • Swim ~ 8:15-9:15AM


  • Swim Only ~ 9:15-10:15AM

COSTS & COMMITMENTS: The Junior Novice Groups: $110.00/Month.

$125.00 PDSC Team Registration fee which includes team shirt & cap. 

USA Swimming Membership:  Either Premium Membership $82.00 or Flex Membership $30.00.

  • 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.

Meet Entry Fees per any meet entered throughout the season.


REQUIRED GEAR: Cap and Goggles

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Junior Novice Criteria 

The Junior Novice group is the entry-level group for new swimmers ages 9-12. New swimmers must demonstrate they are completely safe in deep water. Able to swim 2 x 25 yards of freestyle* and 25 yards of backstroke*. 

*Proper freestyle requires exhaling with the face in the water and turning the head to breathe with alternating arms. 
*Proper backstroke requires being comfortable on back in the water with alternating arms. 

Practice is offered three days per week. 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.


Goals of The Junior Novice Group

  • Swim 3 x 100 of Freeestyle. 
  • Swim 2 x 50 of Backstroke and Breaststroke.
  • Swim 2 x 25 Butterfly.
  • Kick 12 x 25 flutter kick with kickboard.
  • Perform all turns and push-offs efficiently.
  • Perform track start and backstroke start effectively.
  • Athlete is motivated to listen to coaches and try to improve.
  • Courteous to other swimmers in pool.
  • Athletes know their attitude affects how they swim and how others around them swim.
  • Develop consistent practice attendance.