Welcome to Irish Aquatics! On this page you will find information about our swim team and learn-to-swim lessons. Select one of the links below to go directly to that section.

About Us     

About Us

Irish Aquatics is a year-round USA Swimming member team providing competitive swimming opportunities for swimmers, both novice and experieced, aged 4 to 18 in the Michiana area, as well as learn-to-swim lessons. Our swimmers hail from South Bend, Mishawaka, Granger, Bremen, New Carlisle, Elkhart, Niles, Buchanan, and Edwardsburg among other cities. We encourage our swimmers to strive for excellence every day, both in and out of the pool. Our program is focused on teaching proper stroke techniques to give the swimmers a strong base to build from as they strive to improved as an athlete and a competitor. 
Mission Statement: 

Using the sport of swimming to cultivate passion, individuality, and excellence in each swimmer as a way to reach goals in the pool and in life.  

Vision Statement:
Swim: At Irish Aquatics, our team of swimmers, coaches and families truly embraces a love of all things swimming. Our coaching staff is dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of the sport and developing each swimmer throughout his or her career. Every member is valued and supported at every level and every member makes a difference. We strive to create a safe and positive learning environment in the pool where swimmers become dedicated, independent and goal oriented individuals who come together for the common interests of the team.

Fight: As a team, we fight to challenge ourselves in the pool and to do our best every time. As individuals, we fight for our beliefs and for others in our community. We encourage and motivate our swimmers to be proud of their accomplishments, both in and out of the pool- our classroom for teaching the skills required for swimming and life. 

Win: We understand that winning is much more than coming in first place, and we are committed to helping each individual grow in skill, character and physical development. We believe that our swimmers should celebrate every win, whether learning a new stroke or qualifying for a championship meet. As a team, we celebrate our milestones and support each other in all ways possible to achieve those "wins." Our top priority is to make each swimmer a champion in all endeavors. Across all groups, we strive to instill confidence, knowledge and strength in our members so that these pillars of character can be carried throughout life. 

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Swim Team Membership

Membership on the swim team requires payment of monthly training fees, a USA Swimming membership, a Fundraising Fee, and a parent volunteer requirement

All of our registration is done through our web registration system. Registration for the 2022-2023 season is open and will remain open for new registrations throughout the year.

Helpful Hints:
  • If you are wish to complete the 2 week trialdo not go through the online registration until the trial is completed and/or your swimmer decides to continue with the program. We will not charge you until after the trial. Please contact Coach Matt to set up a trial and fill out this form to register.
  • ​You will be able to make payments directly through the registration system via credit card or ACH. This will immediately be reflected on your account, which you can access by logging into the website with your username and password. Credit card transactions will be charged a 2.95% transaction fee and ACH transactions will be charged a $1.25 processing fee.
  • If you have an outstanding balance, you will be required to pay this as well when you checkout. Any credit on your account will be applied to what you owe for registration.  

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Training Fees

The monthly training fees vary by group. The fees are billed every month the swimmer is active. 
2022-2023 Season
Monthly Payments
8&U Beginner $50
8&U Intermediate
8&U Advanced
9-10 $60
Technique $90
11-14: High Performance
Senior (HS Swimmers) $145 
Senior (non-HS Swimmers) $120
* The Senior group registration for swimmers competing with their High School team will be the $145 billed over 3 months. After the short course season, the billing will be $120 per month for April through August. Swimmers not swimming with their High School team will be charged the $120 per month on the same schedule as the 11-14:Training and HP groups.

Dues  will be charged monthly in the first of each billing month. The first's month's dues and the per family team fees will be paid at registration checkout. 

The 2023 USA Swimming membership covers from September 1, 2022 - December 31, 2023. This membership is required and purchased directly from USA Swimming. You will need a link specific to IA to access this registration, which you will be directed to once you complete the team registration.

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USA Swimming Membership Options

A USA Swimming Membership is required for all registered members of Irish Aquatics. There are 3 options for membership as outlined below. The membership fee at any level is charged with registration, regardless of when any previous membership may expire.

Premium: The Premium Membership, previously termed the full-year membership, allows swimmers to participate fully in all practices and competitions offered by Irish Aquatics for the duration of the membership. This option is intended for swimmers who wish to compete in more than 2 sanctioned meets in the 12 months of the membership or plan to compete in the IN Swimming Divisional Meet, State Championships, Zones Championships, Sectional championship or national level meets. $85 for 2022-2023

Flex: The Flex Membership allows swimmers aged 12 and younger to participate fully in Irish Aquatics practices and participate in up to two sub-championship level meets for the duration of the membership (IN Swimming Divisional Meet, State Championships, Zone Championships, Sectional Championships and National level meets require the Premium Membership). This option is intended for those new to the sport, giving a more financially friendly option for those families as the swimmer(s) become acquainted with competitive swimming. At any point, the Flex Membership can be upgraded to the Premium Membership for $63. $30 for 2022-2023

Outreach: Any swimmer who is on a free or reduced lunch program or has Hoosier Healthwise insurance is eligible for a reduced rate on the full year membership. Documentation will need to be provided for this option. Please contact Coach Matt for more information or to register for this option. $5 for 2022-2023

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Discounts and Fees


Multi-swimmer discount: The first swimmer is charged full price, and each additional swimmer receives an additional 7% discount on monthly dues.
Season Family Cap: Dues are capped at $1,500 per family for the short course season and $1,000 per family for the long course season. The system cannot automatically apply this, but we will manually apply credits to your account if your family reaches this threshold. 
Alumni: IA alumni who are home for the summer and wish to train with IA will receive a discount on the Senior dues based on the number of years he/she was continually registered with IA. The swimmer will receive 10% off the total dues for each consecutive year he/she was registered with the club, up to a maximum of 80%. The swimmer must have participated through his/her high school graduation to be eligible for the discount.
Team Registration Fee: $100 per family charged at registration. 
Credit Card Processing Fee: 2.9% of each credit card transaction (the same fee the bank charges the Club).  
Meet Fees: Most meets have a per-event charge (usually $5) and all meets have a per athlete surcharge that varies in amount depending on many factors. IA also charges a $3 per swimmer surcharge to help offset the cost of relays throughout the season, which are always paid by the club. The meet fees will be billed to your account once the entries are sent to the host club. Meet fees must be paid to IA once the entries have been sent into the meet host, even if the swimmer is not able to attend.
Late Fees: Invoiced balances not paid by 11:59 PM on the second to last day of the month will be assessed a $10 late fee. It is the individual family's responsibility to check their account balance before the last day of the month to be sure that all invoiced balances are paid. Autopay is available via ACH or credit card, which will run on the 1st of each month and will include automatic payment of monthly recurring charges and and non-recurring charges in the billing period.

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  Volunteer Requirement 

IA hosts at least 5 meets each year. The revenue from these meets sustains a large percentage of our operating budget. There is a requirement of all registered families to participate in some volunteer role for each meet, even if your swimmer is not competing in that meet. Please see below for the required number of volunteer jobs each family is responsible to fill at each of the large invitationals. Volunteer signups are available online through the  Events  page. Information on meets hosted by Irish Aquatics can be found here.
Superstar Invitational: This is a 2 or 3 day meet in October around the time of fall break
Tim Welsh Invitational: The Tim Welsh Invitational is a prelim/final short course yards meet hosted the first weekend in January.
Jr. Superstar Invitational: This is a 1 day meet the first Sunday of February.
May Invitational:   The May Invitational is a timed final long course meter meet hosted at Elkhart Health and Aquatics May 12-14, 2023. 
Summer Spectacular:   The Summer Spectacular is a timed final long course meter meet hosted at Elkhart Health and Aquatics July 7-9, 2023.


Irish Aquatics maintains high standards for all of its coaches and instructors. Our goals is to provide the best coaching and teaching in the area. We recruit highly qualified coaches and encourage continued professional and personal developement for all staff members.

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Parent Advisory Board and Board of Directors

Irish Aquatics is a 501(c)3 non profit corporation and is run by its elected Board of Directors (BOD). The board meets each month, generally on the second Monday at Penn High School. All members are welcome at each meeting and encouraged to be involved in team activities and fundraisers. 

Matt Dorsch, Head Coach
Jessica Browning, President
Kathryn Scarlett, Treasurer
Amber Grundy, Secretary
Maria Carlson, Board Member, Official's Chair
Kelly Ball, Board Member
​Steve Barnes, Board Member
Jennifer Weeks, Board Member
Training Groups

Our swim team program is broken down into 5 training groups. The groupings are based on age and also on ability or performance. The groups are as followed: 8&U Beginner, 8 & Under Intermediate, 8 & Under Advanced, 9-10, Technique, 11-14:Training, 11-14:High Performance and Senior. More information about each group will be posted below soon. 

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Learn to Swim Lessons

We are proud to offer a learn-to-swim program for the Michiana community. We utilize 2 hotel pools to teach the lessons: the Hampton Inn at Heritage Square and the Hilton Garden Inn at Saint Mary's College. Our usage of these facilities is at typically low usage times by hotel guests. For more information on swim lessons, please visit the Learn-to-Swim page on this site.