Swim Levels & Practice Times

Our Head Coach will evaluate swimmers, then place swimmers into the appropriate level based upon abilities, commitment, and goals. Regularly scheduled testing will be provided throughout the season, giving swimmers the opportunity to advance should they meet level requirements and expectations. All practice sessions will be held at the Williston Area Recreation Center (ARC). New swimmers will be required to attend a scheduled try-out prior to registration.

The Williston Sea Lions offers competitive swim training for swimmers of all ages and levels. It is the goal of the Sea Lions to provide specific training for all our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing them to the best of their abilities.

PREP TEAM
The Prep Team program teaches the basics of competitive swimming, including stroke development, starts & turns. All swimmers must be able to do 25 yards of freestyle with side breathing or 25 yards of backstroke. Swimmers must be good listeners and follow directions and enter the water without coaxing.  All new swimmers must be evaluated.  Practice sessions are 45 minutes and are offered weekly based on age group.
Prep Team (Ages 5-6):   Wed  3:45-4:30pm
Prep Team (Ages 7-8):   Tues/Thurs  3:45-4:30pm
Prep Team (Ages 9+):    Mon/Tues/Thurs  6:30-7:15pm

LEVEL 1 (8+) Mon-Thurs  6:00-7:00pm
Swimmers who have completed AT LEAST a season of competitive swimming, are competing in 50 freestyle and 50 backstroke with flip turns and developing competency in breaststroke and butterfly.   Swimmers in this practice group will start off the blocks and do flip turns.  Practice sessions will focus on stroke improvement through drills, starts and turns, and develop a training mindset. This group is working towards completing the IMR Challenge.  Level 1 swimmers are expected to attend 3-4 sessions per week and attend all home and dual meets (In Minot). 

LEVEL 2 (9+) Mon-Fri 4:30-5:45pm
Swimmers in Level 2 will have at least one year of swimming and are proficient in 100 free and back, 50 breast and fly.  Level 2 swimmers should show excitement for competitive training and competition, are eager to try new drills, and learning to set goals for training as well as competition. Level 2 swimmers will be working towards completing the IMX challenge and training towards the State meet.  Level 2 swimmers are expected to attend 4-5 sessions per week.  Swimmers should attend all home meets and at least 1 away meet.  Practice sessions include 1 – 1.25 hours of pool time and will be offered Monday through Friday.

LEVEL 3 (11+) Mon-Fri 4:30-6:30
Level 3 swimmers have at least one season of competitive swimming, should be proficient in 100 and 200 Freestyle and Backstroke, 100 breaststroke and Fly, and 200 IM.  Level 3 swimmers should be able to complete a 500 skimps in under 10 minutes, complete 10 x 100 at 2:00, 6 x 100 flutter kick @ 3:00 and complete 3 x 200 IM on 4:00.  Swimmers will be assigned to Intermediate or Advanced levels based on interval times, and physical and mental maturity.  Swimmers in Level 3 are training with a mindset for competition on the state and regional level.  Level 3 swimmers are on time for practice, swimming with set goals for improvement in practice and in competition.  Swimmers should attend 4-5 practices per week, all home meets and at least two away meets.  Practice sessions include 1.5 - 2 hours of pool time.

SENIORS (13+) Mon-Fri (4:30-6:30)
Swimmers who have at least one season of competitive swimming experience; are proficient in all four strokes, open turns and flip turns, are proficient in reading a pace clock and following stroke technique drills.  Senior Swimmers are skilled and experienced athletes committed to training and competing at a level in preparations for advancement to college level swimming.  Practice sessions will focus on technique in all four strokes, maximizing distance per stroke, pace work, and racing strategy.  Swimmers should complete a 500 skimps in under 10 minutes, complete 10 x 100 at 1:45, 6 x 100 flutter kick @ 2:45 and complete 3 x 200 IM on 3:30.  Swimmers are required to attend at least 5 practices per week, all home meets, at least two away meets, and consider regional meets.  Practice sessions include 1.5 - 2 hours of pool time.

Short Course PRACTICE TIMES:
Prep Team (Ages 5-6):   Wed  3:45-4:30pm
Prep Team (Ages 7-8):   Tues/Thurs  3:45-4:30pm
Prep Team (Ages 9+):    Mon/Tues/Thurs  6:30-7:15pm
Level 1 (Ages 8+):           Mon-Thurs  6:00-7:00pm
Level 2 (Ages 9+):           Mon-Fri  4:30-5:45pm
Level 3 (Ages 11+):         Mon-Fri  4:30-6:30pm
Seniors:                            Mon-Fri  4:30-6:30pm 

We look forward to having you join the Williston Sea Lions Swim Team and are excited for another great season!

Kindly,
The WSL Board & Coaches!

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Short Course Season (November - March)
Long Course Season (May - July)