FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do you offer lessons?

Yes, swim lessons and dive lessons

How old does my child have to be for SWIM or DIVE lessons?

Participants must be 5 years old by 1 August of the lesson year

What is the class size for SWIM lessons?

TWSC is committed to focused swim education

Classes are organized so that the ratio of instructor to student is 1:2 to ensure that goal

When are SWIM lessons available / how do I select when to come?

First, choose a SESSION:

There are TWO sessions available:

Session 1 runs June 3rd through June 13th

Session 2 runs June 17th through June 27th  

BOTH sessions run Monday through Thursday during the noted dates

Second, choose a TIME SLOT:

Each session has MULTIPLE time slots:

9-9:30 am, 9:30-10am, 4-4:30pm, 4:30-5pm

Choose the session time slot that works best for you & your child

Each session costs $80

You may sign a child up for BOTH sessions… your cost would be $160 ($80 per session)

What does my child need for SWIM lessons?

Swimsuit (one piece preferred for girls)

Towel

You may want to bring a small snack & drink for AFTER their session

What is the class size for DIVE lessons?

Again, TWSC is committed to focused dive education

Classes are organized so that the ratio of instructor to student is 1:8 to ensure that goal

What does my child need for DIVE lessons?

Swimsuit (one piece preferred for girls)

Towel

Yoga mat for deck work

What is deck work? Work outside of the pool prior to being on the board/in the     

water…generally core body exercises and stretching

You may want to bring a small snack & drink for AFTER their session

Some divers prefer to have a chamois (see the suggested equipment list) to wipe down between dives which, helps them stay warm(er)

When are DIVE lessons available / how do I select when to come?

There are TWO sessions available:

    Session 1 runs May 7th through May 28th and, is from 6 – 8pm

    Session 2 runs July 9th through July 30th and, is from 6:30 - 8:30pm

    BOTH SESSIONS are on TUESDAY ONLY

Each session costs $75

You may opt to register for BOTH sessions 🡪 your cost would be $150 ($75 per session)


What is the master’s swim?

The masters club is for swimmers ages 18+ who desire lap swim opportunities

You do NOT have to be a “master’s” level swimmer!  You just have to be able to swim the length of the pool safely

A coach will be on-site to assist with stroke education and exercise plans

What is CLUB SWIM and, how does it differ from swim/dive lessons and the master’s swim?

Swimmers participate year-round in what is called a long course and a short course

Club swim is considered COMPETITIVE swim

Swimmers are evaluated by USA Swimming certified / Tri West Swim Club head & assistant coaches and placed in the most appropriate “level” based on their swimming ability, age, and social developmental needs, and endurance level

There are four competitive swim group levels:

WHITE: beginning swimmer, ages 5-14 years                                                                                                        

 must be able to swim the length of the pool freestyle

BLUE: intermediate swimmers, ages 14 and under

must be able to handle 1-hour practices                                         

must have working knowledge of breaststroke/ butterfly/starts

BLACK: intermediate/advanced swimmers

must be in middle school or suggested, per coach’s evaluation                                                                                  

must be able to handle 1-hour practices

must know rudiments of legal strokes/starts/turns/finishes

GOLD: advanced / elite swimmers

must be in middle school or suggested, per coach’s evaluation                            

must be able to handle 2-hour practices

must know all four strokes/starts/turns/finishes

TRI WEST SWIM CLUB is a member of USA Swimming and as such, meets all requirements set forth to participate in competitive inter-squad and inter-team meets

What equipment does my CLUB SWIMMER need?

Suit girls: one piece, preferably navy blue in color for meets, any color for practice

Suit boys: jammer, preferably navy blue in color for meets, any color for practice

Speed suits: are permitted and, may deviate from the navy blue color

Swim cap: a club cap will be provided with opportunity to purchase additional silicone caps with swimmer’s name for meets, any color for practice

Goggles: minimum of one pair (a back- up pair highly suggested)

Towel (two are highly suggested)

Water bottle

Suggested additional equipment on additional form from head coach

*Label your swimmer’s items as much as you can

How do I register my child for SWIM lessons?

Visit us on-line at triwestswimclub.org

Click on Swim Lessons

How do I register my child for DIVE lessons?

Visit us on-line at triwestswimclub.org

Click on Team Registration and then the green Continue button

How do I register for MASTER’S SWIM?

Visit us on-line at triwestswimclub.org

Click on Team Registration and then the green Continue button

How do I register my child for CLUB SWIM?

First, schedule a coach’s evaluation

Our coaches and board members will assist in scheduling your swimmer’s evaluation

Evaluations are ~30 minutes

Second, visit us on-line at triwestswimclub.org to register

Click on Team Registration and then the green Continue button

Registration REQUIRES a copy of each swimmer’s birth certificate

This enables your swimmer to receive the benefits of USA Swimming including participation in USA Swimming swim meets

Forward a copy to triwestswimclub@gmail or, drop a copy at the pool desk with a member of the TWSC administration    

Registration includes:

Seasonal membership in USA Swimming = $35.50 per athlete

Seasonal registration fees for TWSC = $30 per athlete

Training group fees per the established fee schedule

May be paid upfront in one payment for a discount of $40 (if joined and paid by April 30th) per family

Those paying in upfront in one payment should also enter a credit card for potential future fees associated with meets

May be paid in installments per the respective payment plan

Those paying in installments must enter credit card information to permit automatic payment of monthly installments which, will occur on the 1st of each month

$20 off the total fee (if joined and paid by April 30th) per additional child on training group fees will be applied for a family with multiple swimmers participating in club swim

A family cap does exist for families with 4+ club swimmers, see a board member                                         

Hardship Scholarships

We believe in inclusivity which, means lending a financial hand to those athletes who have a proven financial hardship.

Please see a board member for information.

All information is held in the strictest confidence.

Does the multi-swimmer discount, upfront one payment discount, or family cap apply to SWIM/DIVE lessons or MASTER’s?

Unfortunately, no.

However, the USA Swimming membership and the TWSC registration fees are waived!

SWIM MEETS

An email will be sent when the meets are available for sign-up

Meets will have a sign-up deadline; email reminders will be sent TWICE before the sign-up deadline

You will sign-up for the days/sessions that your swimmer can attend

There is a fee for each event you sign your swimmer up to participate in

Coaches will marry the events with the swimmers

State & divisional meets DO require minimum time standards in each event

Feel free to add notes for the coaches when signing up

Meets are NOT required but are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED! This is an opportunity to see you swimmer instituting what they are learning while visualizing their improvements in both stroke progress and, efficiency.

ALL club swimmers are expected to attend our home meets. As an inclusive club, cheering one another on and celebrating our progress together is KEY to our success!

How can we get involved?

The TWSC is run by a parent board of volunteers

The program could NOT run without volunteers!

USA Swimming clubs are successful and continue to foster optimal club results because of their volunteers!

There are multiple opportunities for you to use your talents to support the swimmers, our mission of inclusivity, and our club’s growth!

Committees include:

Sponsorship/Fundraising: seek sponsorships and fundraise for club equipment, hardship sponsorships, etc.

Club/Outreach Promotion: spreading the word about our club, programs, etc.

Lessons: Promotional think tank for our lessons programs

Meet Planning: coordination of home meets the club hosts

Club Gear: coordination of club gear such as t-shirts, hats, fun apparel, stickers, etc. displaying our logo

Official’s Clinic

In order to HOST a meet and, to ASSIST with away meets that our club attends, USA Swimming officials are needed!

Participation as an official is a GREAT way to be more deeply involved in your swimmer’s sport as it allows you to learn and grow beside them

Officials so NOT pay admission to meets (bonus!)

Officials are fed during the meets (I mean, who doesn’t love a free meal?)

TWSC will reimburse fees incurred when you pay to become and, when you pay to renew as an official affiliated with our club

PLEASE CONSIDER SHARING YOUR TALENTS ON ONE OF THESE COMMITTEES!