Swim Groups

The Hutchinson High Tides offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of the Hutchinson High Tides to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities.

Please call Coach RJ (320) 583-9182 to schedule a tryout, or email  him at coachrj@hutchhightides.com to request for more information.


Tigers  

*Offered Through Hutchinson Parks & Recreation

 

These swimmers should have some swim lesson experience, (completed and passed Red Cross Level 3) and should be comfortable enough in the water to swim a width of the pool. The focus of this group is to teach basic stroke technique in freestyle and backstroke, and introduce elements of the breaststroke. Instructors will work with swimmers to assist them as they learn correct stroke skills and rhythmic breathing techniques. Swimmers will advance through Tigers when they demonstrate basic freestyle and backstroke leg and arm movements and proper rhythmic breathing techniques. This is NOT a pass/fail course. It is natural for children to swim TWO sessions of Tigers before advancing to the Sharks program. Coaches will communicate with parents at the end of the Tigers session and make recommendations for future programming.

Register through Hutchinson Park & Recreation 320-587-2975


Sharks 

*Offered through Hutchinson Parks & Recreation

Swimmers should demonstrate mastery of the skills from our Tigers program to enter the Sharks group. This includes development of proper stroke technique and starts and turns. Swimmers will continue to improve on their stroke skills in freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke. Butterfly stroke will be introduced. Block starts and flip-turns will be introduced in this group, but the focus will still be on teaching the basic skills and techniques necessary to continue each child's swimming development. This is NOT a pass/fail course. Swimmers will be asked to join High Tides competitive swimming program based on readiness and the assessment of the coaches. MOST children will swim in the Sharks program a MINIMUM of two sessions before advancing to the High Tides Bronze program. Coaches will provide feedback to each child's parents at the conclusion of the Sharks session and make recommendations for future programming at this time.

Register through Hutchinson Park & Recreation 320-587-2975 

 


Bronze  (12 & Under)  

 

This group meets 3 days a week - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Bronze Program Expectations

  1. Have Fun
  2. Learn how to be part of a team
  3. Work on all 4 competitive swim strokes
  4. Learn how to read the pace clock
  5. Learn the joys of competitive swimming without the expectation of competition

 


Silver (All Ages)

Silver Program Expectations

  1. To learn how to be part of a team and practice both respect and integrity
  2. To learn the process of goal setting and to celebrate success
  3. To practice for the benefits associated with fitness and experience
  4. To develop a sense of self in the water
  5. To become familiar with and work towards stroke proficiency
  6. All athletes are EXPECTED to be on time and in the water at the start of practice with lane lines in and equipment ready.
  7. To have fun and learn the joys of competitive swimming without the expectation of competition

*While participation in competitive swim meets is not REQUIRED, it is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED.

 


 

Gold 1 (Ages 9-12)

Full Competition Season
Gold 1 designed for the serious swimmer who is interested in achieving athletic success in our sport at a state, zone and national level setting. These swimmers will be seriously committed to our sport and are looking to prolong their athletic success and swimming career after the completion of high school. 

Disclaimer: Being part of the Gold 1 program does not mean that you cannot participate in other extracurricular activities. If you have other activities such as church, music, other sports that infringe on the duration of High Tides practices, talk to Coach RJ, as he is flexible in allowing excused absences for justified events or activities. A great example of this is: Many swimmers missed dryland or were late to practice in spring, due to track. This is acceptable, as long as it is cleared with Coach RJ in advance.


Gold 1 Program Expectations

  1. To incorporate and practice all of the expectations laid out for the Silver swimmers.
  2. Athletes are expected to attend 90% of all practices. All athletes are EXPECTED to be on time and in the water at the start of practice with lane lines in and equipment ready. (Note: excused absences are allowed if it is pre-approved by Coach RJ. Examples may include: church, music lessons, other sports, etc)
  3. To attend team designated functions and meets, including but not limited to applicable regular season meets and Championship Meets.
  4. To be a team leader and demonstrate skills that will contribute to team success. Such skills include, but are not limited to, respect for coaches and teammates, integrity and pride for team.
  5. To develop and maintain skills necessary to practice and compete at a high level and strive to convert coach critique into stroke efficiency always.
  6. To set and assess season goals. Each swimmer must have a meeting with Coach RJ and must strive to achieve the agreed upon goals all season.
  7. To be a leader and never settle for last year’s bests.
  8. To be engaged at practices, ask questions for clarity, swim with a purpose and strive to be the best version of you every day.
  9. To communicate with coaches (this includes: absences, tardiness to practice, injury prevention and awareness, etc.) and respect each coach equally.
  10. To take personal responsibility for your individual season and for the trajectory of the team’s success.

 


Gold 2 (13 & Over)

Gold 2 Program Expectations

  1. To learn how to be part of a team and practice both respect and integrity
  2. To learn the process of goal setting and to celebrate success
  3. To practice for the benefits associated with fitness and experience
  4. To develop a sense of self in the water
  5. To become familiar with and work towards stroke proficiency
  6. All athletes are EXPECTED to be on time and in the water at the start of practice with lane lines in and equipment ready.
  7. To have fun and learn the joys of competitive swimming without the expectation of competition

*While participation in competitive swim meets is not REQUIRED, it is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED.

 


Maintenance (13 & Over) 

*Swimmers may choose up to 3 practices per week.

Full Competition Season
The Maintenance Group follows the same practice calendar as the Gold group.  Maintenance swimmers only attend 3 days/week.  Swimmers in this group have the same expectations as the Gold 2 Group, however cannot commit to 5 days of practice per week.  

 


Platinum (13 & Over)

Swimmers are highly committed to swimming as their primary sport.  Training is geared towards preparing athletes to reach the highest level of competition in USA Swimming. For the Platinum group all swimmers need coach approval.  Coach RJ reserves the right to include any swimmer he feels has the physical and mental ability/development.  This may include swimmers close to the age cut off who have qualifying swim times such as zone or 13-14 champ times.  In such cases, swimmers will be included by coach invite only.  Consistent attendance at scheduled Platinum practices is expected unless prior arrangements are made with Coach RJ.

Practice Calendar