October SHARK BITES! (Little Nibbles of Very Important Information)

Lou Manganiello


(Little Nibbles of Very Important Information)

  • Angel & Leopard SHARK Make-up on Saturday, October 15th! We are offering a Make-Up CE lesson for Angel and Leopard SHARKS this coming Saturday, October 15th! These makeup lessons will be at 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, and 10:30 am!
    • You can schedule a Sand SHARK makeup by talking to Coach Louann (to see which opposite day and time is best for your swimmer)!
    • Angel and Leopard SHARK make-ups MUST be scheduled by emailing Coach Shirley ([email protected])!
  • High School Swimming Championship Season is Here! The FHSAA (Florida High School Activities Association) Swimming and Diving Championship Series begins next week with the District Championships, followed by the Region Championships, and concludes in November with the State Championships. GO SHARKS!!!
  • SHARK and Halloween Costume Races on Friday, October 28th! General Warm-up is 5:00 pm. Sand/Leopard SHARK warm-up at 5:15 pm. The races will start at 5:30 pm. Please watch for the signup announcement later this month! Start getting your "water-durable" costumes ready for this exciting "not-to-miss" annual event! Details will be in the RACES announcement!
    • IMPORTANT: Parent VOLUNTEERS are a vital part of our SHARK Races! Please use the job signup during the commitment process for your swimmers(s). Without the proper number of volunteers, we cannot have SHARK Races!
  • NO Practice on Monday, October 31st! For our Angel, Leopard, Sand, Bull, Blue, Mako, Hammerhead, or Dusky SHARKS! It will be too SCARY to be in the water that day/evening!
  • Our" Fall Back" Schedule Starts on Tuesday, November 1st!!! We return to our regular practice and lesson schedule on Tuesday, November 1st!
    • All CE Classes (Angel, Leopard, Sand & Bull SHARKS) after 5:00 pm remain the same!
    • Blue SHARKS will return to their M/W & T/Th 5:30-6:30 & 6:30-7:30 pm.
    • The Great White SHARKS will return to their 3:30 pm start time.
    • The Dusky/Hammerhead SHARKS will return to their 7:30-8:30 pm practice time.
  • Additional Earlier Angel & Leopard SHARKS Classes! Along with our "Fall Back" schedule, we will bring back our 3:30, 4:00, & 4:30 Angel & Leopard SHARKS, depending on enrollment requests! If you're interested in your Angel or Leopard SHARK moving to one of these earlier classes, please email Coach Shirley ([email protected]) by Wednesday, October 19th, to request a possible change!
  • Thanksgiving Week Schedule!
    • Regular practice and lesson schedule on Monday (11/21) and Tuesday (11/22)
    •  A Special "Turkey Shoot" practice/lesson on Wednesday (11/23)
    • No practices or lessons on Thursday (Thanksgiving Day)
    • Limited practice schedule on Friday (11/25) and Saturday (11/26) - TBA!
  • We keep the water temperature at a minimum of 84 degrees throughout the winter! On those rare occasions when we have frigid air days, we will provide "Cold Weather Make-up" Days for our Angel and Leopard SHARKS!
  • Coaching/Teaching Positions are Available! If you or someone you know is looking for part-time work, we will soon have available a few coaching positions (both in and out of the water)! They must love kids and the water! Some swimming experience is necessary but not required.
  • SoFlo! South Florida Aquatic Club (SoFlo) is the name of the club our competitive swimmers participate with while racing in United States Swimming-sanctioned competitions. More information is available by talking with Coaches Issy or Lou or clicking on the SoFlo tab at aksharks.com!
  • Remind App – for Lesson & Practice Status for Weather! Information about signing up for our Remind app is available at aksharks.com!
  • Billing/Invoice Procedure:
    • Full payment on your account is due on the 1st of each month! 
    • Your monthly payment guarantees your spot in our Program! If payment is not received, a swimmer on our extensive waiting list will be given the place.
    • Your official Invoices are available on the 1st of every month by signing into your online account! Your invoice includes all payments received through at least the 25th of the previous month! If you paid after the 5th of the last month, the late charge was added to your account! If you have any questions regarding your balance, please see Coach Shirley at the pool OR email her at: [email protected].
    • The Autopay system charges on the 1st of each month! If you registered for autopay on the 1st or after, your account will not receive the credit, and you must bring (or mail) payment!
    • You are REQUIRED to notify us IN WRITING by the 25th of the PRIOR month if you will not be swimming in any given month! Please use the "contact us" page at aksharks.com by the 25th of the month to notify us in writing!
    • Please take advantage of our auto-pay methods! See our website for details!
  • All our Continuing Education ("CE") and Swim Team (AquaKids SHARKS) groups have SHARK names. On our websites, we list the scientific name of each shark (group) and the shark's size (not the size of the group).
    • ANGEL & LEOPARD SHARKS are Coaches Sarah, Shirley, and Kevin's groups, that swim in the shallow end of lane 6!
    • SAND SHARKS are Coach Louann's groups who start from the starting block end of lane 6!
    • BULL SHARKS are Coach Garrett's group's swim in Lane 1 (closest to the bleachers)!
    • BLUE SHARKS are Coach Issy's group's swim in Lanes 2 and 3! Coach Fabi will be taking over the Blue SHARKS in November!
    • MAKO SHARKS are Coach Issy's group who usually practice in Lanes 3, 4, & 5!
    • HAMMERHEAD & DUSKY SHARKS swim with Coaches Issy and Garrett in Lanes 1-6!
    • GREAT WHITE SHARKS are Coach Lou's group who practice in Lanes 2-4!
    • WHALE (& BASKING) SHARKS are adult groups who practice in the morning & noon times!
  • Please watch our "What's New" section at aksharks.com for the latest information and announcements!

*THANK YOU for being a member of our Program!