The swimmer’s commitment to Surfside Swim Team means swimming three to five times per week, year-round, and participating in swim meets with the team.


Each swimmer is responsible for the following:

  • Check the "Events" and 'Workout Info" pages for meet and workout updates.
  • Work out three to five times every week.
  • If you miss a workout, check for any notices or information you may have missed.
  • Make an honest effort to improve both swimming technique and endurance.
  • Arrive at workouts on time with all your equipment (practice suit, goggles, towel, kick boards, buoys, and fins).
  • Compete in swim meets, particularly if recommended by your coach.
  • Follow your coach’s directions during meets and workouts.
  • Complete paperwork and forms necessary for meets and submit before meets.
  • Get to meets in time for pre-meet warm-ups (usually one hour before start time).
  • Wear team suit at meets and practice suits for workouts.
  • Keep locker rooms clean; turn off showers. No food in locker rooms.
  • Participate in Surfside Swim Team functions.
  • Communicate with your coach! Ask for help to become a stronger swimmer. If you do not understand, ask your coach to explain.
  • Keep track of your times - Check on 'My Meet Results' regularly. 

You should keep separate records for USAS and SCAA. Each meet entry requests the swimmer’s best times for events. If you do not have a time from another meet, enter "NT" (No Time). It is important to fill in a time if you have one from a prior meet. If you do not, you will compete with other swimmers who do not have previous times and may not be of the same ability level as you, and you may not be eligible for ribbons or trophies.

  • Leave valuables at home. Surfside Swim Team is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Lend a hand! Help set up and take out lane lines and pool covers, clean up pool area.

Swimmers should have the following equipment:

  • Goggles
    All swimmers must have goggles. The pools are chemically treated to keep them sanitary and exposing your eyes without protection during workout can cause redness and pain.
  • Kick Boards
    All swimmers should have their own kick boards and bring them to every workout.
  • Fins
    All swimmers should have fins. Please purchase swimmer fins rather than boogie board fins--swimmer’s fins are specifically designed to work the legs.
  • Pull Buoys
    All swimmers should have their own pull buoys.
  • Caps
    keep hair out of your face when you are swimming, reduce chemical damage to the hair, and decrease drag in the water.
  • Swim Snorkels
    Some coaches will request your swimmer have their own swimming snorkel, which is different than a scuba snorkel. These help swimmers with head/body alignment. 

Equipment can be found at various sports supplies stores. See more information on the FAQ page here. Be sure to mark all equipment with the swimmer’s name in permanent marker to help lost equipment get back to the swimmer.


Swimmers at Surfside are assigned to one of four training groups. Each swimmer's assignment is based on the individual's demonstrated skill, maturity, and dedication. While the groups are not specifically age delimited, younger swimmers tend to move into the beginning practice groups while older swimmers tend to train in the more advanced groups. Our training groups are:

  • C - Group: Beginning level swimmers with little or no prior competitive swim training.
  • B - Group: Swimmers with some competitive swim training.
  • A - Group: Swimmers with more competitive swim training.
  • Seniors: Swimmers with extensive competitive experience.

Minimum Group Requirements

C - Group:
Practice two to three times per week.
Listen to your coach.
Practice hard.

B - Group:
Practice three times per week.
Practice hard and listen to your coach.
Compete in at least two SCAA dual meets each season and SCAA Champs.
Compete in one USAS meet every six months.

A - Group:
Practice four to five times per week.
Compete in at least two SCAA dual meets each season and SCAA Champs.
Compete in at least one USAS meet every six months.
Practice hard and listen to your coach.

Practice four to five times per week.
Compete in at least two SCAA dual meets each season and SCAA Champs.
Compete in all available USAS meets in which the team participates.
Practice hard and listen to your coach.
Help new swimmers at workout and at meets.

Moving Up

Moves from one group are subject to approval by the Head Coach. Swimmers are assigned to practice groups based on specific guidelines to determine where the swimmer can best develop. Swimmers are not promoted on the basis of time in place, rather on ability and dedication. All swimmers will swim in a group that best fits their abilities. Although group reassignment is rare, no group assignment is permanent. A swimmer assigned to one group may not swim with a different group without prior coach approval.

Minimum group requirements:

To move up from C's to B's:

  • Time: 50 yards Freestyle, non-stop, under 0:50
  • Basic Skills: Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly
  • Ability: Keeps up with the group

To move up from B's to A's:

  • A set of ten 100 Free on 2:00 interval and a set of five 100 IM on 2:30 interval
  • Good Fundamentals--Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Starts, and Turns
  • Basic Skills--Able to use pace clock at practice
  • Ability--Keeps up with the group
  • Discipline--Regular attendance at workouts and meets
  • Maturity

To move up from A's to seniors:

  • Time: 100 Freestyle under 1:20 and 100 Individual Medley under 1:30
  • Superior Fundamentals: Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Starts, and Turns
  • Ability: Keeps up with the group
  • Commitment: Works out at least four times per week. Participates regularly in meets
  • Maturity