Any potential new swimmers to the team must come to a swim team tryout before starting Otters. This way a coach can see all your swimmers strokes, their endurance level, and let you know if they are ready for Otters or not. If they are not quite ready for Otters we can recommend some ways to help get them ready, and if they are we can tell you what practice group would be best for them to start out in.

At the tryouts we need to see knowledge of each of the four competitive strokes:  Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. Nothing has to be perfect, but we need each swimmer to be comfortable in the water, have some endurance, and be able to take corrections and feedback. We look for side breathing in freestyle with controled strokes, level body position in backstroke with controled arms. In breaststroke we are looking for the correct arms and kick, but maybe the swimmer cannot fully put them togther yet. In butterfly we are looking for the correct kick and arms as well, but maybe putting them together is not perfect.

Tryouts take 10-15 minutes and are done by an Otters coach, all tryouts are held at the Uptown location (tryout location does not determine where you practice).  If you find one that works for you please email us at, that way we can put you on the list for that date and notify the coach.


What to Bring/Know

  • Swimmers should come in their swim suits, ready to go
  • We do have a pay lot here, the first 20 minutes are free and after that it is $1, and it goes up every 1 hr and 15 min. There is also parking on the street, and in the neighborhood.
  • Otters will NOT accept new swimmers to the River and Sea groups in the months of February, March, and July so as to avoid disrupting the competitive postseason. The Preseniors and Senior groups will not accept any swimmers from December - March!
  • Novice Otters can start at the beginning of each month, as long as there is room in the practice group.



We have a pay parking lot that you can use, there is also parking in the neighborhood and on Hennepin.

The 20 minutes there is no fee, after the first 20 minutes it is a $1, and then goes up from there every hour and 15min.


Upcoming Swim Team Tryouts

All tryouts are held at the Uptown YWCA. When we have them, they are either on a Friday night following practice, or on a Saturday when we do not have a swim meet. On some Minneapolis school release days, we are also able to add them

Dates Time Location


6:45pm Uptown


12pm Uptown


12pm Uptown


6:45pm Uptown


6:45pm Uptown


6:45pm Uptown


6:45pm Uptown


12pm Uptown