NEW SWIMMER PLACEMENT SESSIONS


Thank you for your interest in TYDE!  It is our mission to create leaders in and out of the pool with the focus on a positive swim experience for each team member.  For placement benchmarks and skill expectations, please see the Entrance Expectations below or visit our GROUPS PAGES for more information.

Swimmers new to TYDE (or those who have not been involved with TYDE for more than one year) are required to attend a TYDE New Swimmer Placement Evaluation prior to registration.  At TYDE Placement Evaluations, each swimmer's skills and abilities in the pool are evaluated for assignment to the TYDE practice group that best fits their demonstrated swimming level (this may include YMCA swim lessons).  This process is designed to place each swimmer in the practice group where they will be with others of similar age and ability.

ENTRANCE EXPECTATIONS:

Swimmers entering TYDE Prep Academy are required to demonstrate the ability to confidently swim:

  • Freestyle with strong arm pull and rotary breathing (breathing to the side) for 25-50 yards.
  • Backstroke (with body in a horizontal position parallel to the bottom of the pool) for 25-50 yards.
  • They are expected to have a teachable understanding of Breaststroke and Butterfly strokes.
  • Swimmers must be able to swim the length of the pool, with regular breaks, for the full practice time (45 minutes).

Swimmers entering TYDE Competitive Bronze level are required to demonstrate the ability to competently swim:

  • Freestyle with strong arm pull and rotary breathing (breathing to the side) for 50-100 yards.
  • Backstroke (with body in a horizontal position parallel to the bottom of the pool) for 50-100 yards.
  • Breaststroke and Butterfly strokes with very close to "correct" arms and leg movement.
  • Swimmers must be able to swim the length of the pool continuously, with regular breaks, for the full practice time (one hour).

At this time we are holding TYDE placements for the 2022-23 swim season by appointment only.  Please use the link below to register for a TYDE Placement Evaluation.  Swimmers new to TYDE must attend a Placement before registering for any program.

New Swimmer PLACEMENT EVALUATION SIGN UPS for 2022-23 Link

If you are unable to make it to any of the placement slots currently available, additional placement options may be posted after current registrations are processed and assigned to practice groups and locations.

  • Placements will be for the 2022-23 swim season with TYDE.
  • The new swim season will begin late August and early September based on group & level.
  • After placement, instructions will be provided about next steps for registration.

PLEASE NOTE: Placement Session recommendations are good for 60 days. If you do not enroll in a TYDE program within 60 days of the placement, we may require that the swimmer attend another New Swimmer Placement before joining TYDE.  Based on placement date, Prep Level-qualifiers may be deferred entry to the next Prep Academy session.  Bronze level-approved swimmers may start after all registration steps are completed.

Be sure to explore the TYDE website and learn more about our programs!

Video below provided as reference for correct stroke technique