About Us

The Monmouth Barracudas provide a safe community for athletes in the pool at practices, home meets and travel meet to work hard and empower swimmers to reach their goals. Out of the pool, the team collectively participates in community services and team functions which includes but not limited to baseball games, NYC Holiday Trips, White Water Rafting trips; Bowling/Arcade nights which builds upon the foundation fellowship and team values.

Monmouth Barracudas Swim Club - Our Mission

            Be united team, with one voice, and one vision

The Monmouth Barracudas Swim Club is Coach owned a year-round, competitive swim team offering high-quality professional coaching and technique instruction for all ages and abilities. Our team strives to equip each individual athlete with the skills and work ethic needed to best assist them in turning their skills into results. The Monmouth Barracudas values integrity, commitment, tradition, and community. Paul Buerck is our owner, CEO and Head Coach with over 35 years’ experience and countless successful athletes!


Our Community Philosophy:

The Monmouth Barracudas Swim Team believes in making a difference. Our swimmers have consistently gone above and beyond to make an impact in the lives of those who need help. In the past ten years our swimmers have raised over $100,000 as a team to help others in the community as well as charities such as Make Some Noise and Apple a Day which directly benefits children battling cancer.





Integrity- We ensure honesty and fairness in all our actions. We will strive to always do the right thing

Commitment- Swimming requires resilience in order to be dedicated to the development process of swimming. Setting goals and committing to exceeding expectations.

Tradition- Many have come before us, accepted great challenges and accomplished great things. We represent them in and out of the pool.

Community- Be a positive influence in the communities where we live, work, and swim.


Barracuda coaches are committed to developing prepared and focused athletes that excel in accomplishing their goals.  Our coaches encourage every athlete to achieve continuous improvement and success at his or her level of ability, from novice to the highest levels of competition. We have a wonderful experienced staff of twelve coaches.

As members of USA Swimming and New Jersey Swimming, Inc, our coaches are certified through the most comprehensive training and certification program for youth coaches of any sport in the United States. Our coaches continue to expand and improve upon their abilities through in-service coaches training, the utilization of GoSwim USA Swimming Technical Video Supplier, Northeast Regional swim clinics and Omaha Breakout Clinics.

We are a Certified Safe Sport team

Safe Sport is a program designed to respond to and prevent instances of abuse and misconduct within the sport of swimming. Like USA Swimming, we are committed to fostering a fun, healthy, and safe environment for all members.


What can a swimmer expect from the Monmouth Barracudas Swim Club?

Our swimmers can expect an opportunity to learn how hard work, discipline and dedication will affect their lives; both in the pool and out of the water. They will be challenged and encouraged by their coaches to give their best effort, in practice and in competition. Most importantly, our swimmers can expect to have fun. They will meet new friends, become proud of their achievements, and learn important skills that will help them flourish - in the pool and in life.

What does the Monmouth Barracudas Swim Club Expect from its Swimmers?

The Monmouth Barracudas Swim Club expects two things from our swimmers: participation and respect. We expect our swimmers to attend practice as much as possible and to represent their team at swim meets. We also expect our swimmers to treat their coaches, fellow teammates and other team's swimmers with the utmost respect.


How do I make the Monmouth Barracudas Swim Club travel team?

The Monmouth Barracudas offers the opportunity for swimmers to travel to different venues both in state and out of the state of New Jersey. It is our belief that travel is an important aspect of the sport of swimming as it excites swimmers to work towards specific standard time, allows athletes to understand the dedication of a collegiate swimmer and opens the door for new experiences for athletes. Qualifications for the travel team are a set time standard based upon the meets the team will be traveling to.

 Previous travel trips include but are not limited to:  Sydney, Australia, Honolulu, Hawaii, San Diego California, Orlando, Florida, Tampa, Florida, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Membership FAQ's

Please take a look at the below frequently asked questions as they will help answer any basic questions and help to become familiar with some of our policies regarding membership.  If you have further questions about membership, please do not hesitate to ask.


To join the Monmouth Barracudas Swim Club, your swimmer must have the knowledge and some proficiency with the front crawl stroke (Freestyle) as well as one other stroke. Swimmers should also have the maturity to participate in an hour-long practice for our 10 under swimmers and 2 hours for ages 11 and over.

An evaluation will be required for all new or interested swimmers,

  • Fall tryouts will be held August 6th at 6:15 pm at the Neptune Aquatic Center.

Any interested families/swimmers who are unable to participate in Tryouts or who are joining the season late can schedule an assessment with Head Coach Paul Buerck at [email protected]


The Monmouth Barracudas Swim Club has open registration all year long, although we do encourage registration before each season (Fall/Winter and/or Spring/Summer).

 Fall/Winter- Our Fall/Winter seasons are our peak competition season. The Monmouth Barracudas offers anywhere from 3-6 days in the pool with alternative lifting with our partners at Carbones Fitness depending on the swimmers' ability level and commitment level.Fall/Winter is the time swimmers build upon endurance, strength, and speed to ensure best results for the competition.

  • The Fall/Winter Season runs from early September through the Championships in March/April.TRYOUTS for the Fall/Winter season will be August 6th at the Neptune Aquatic Center.
  • We encourage everyone wishing to swim with us for the Fall/Winter Season to join us for the scheduled tryout date! ​

Spring Session - Our Spring Session is a 6-week skill set session whereupon swimmers further focus on technique and drills to improve their strokes. The Monmouth Barracudas ensures the swimmer is constantly and consistently developing new skill sets in a safe, engaging and fun environment. The final week of our Spring Session is dedicated to building upon team morality and utilizing the skill sets developed throughout the session. The 2021 Spring Session ended an Ice Cream Truck!

Summer Session- Our summer session is dedicated to the maintenance of the swimmers' endurance. We believe it is essential for swimmers to cross train in various ways throughout the summer while dedicating time to morning swim practices. The Barracudas train long course at the Deal Casino pool (long course meters).

The Barracudas offers up to 4 days a week swimming in the summer and 2 days lifting with our partners Carbones Training. Our team encourages and participates in local Ocean Miles to support our community partners and encourage swimmers to experience different types of swimming! Our coaches voluntarily participate in Ocean Miles to assist new swimmers in safely swimming the mile. We are hosting our OCEAN MILE ON JULY 31st in OCEAN GROVE!

  • ​The Spring/Summer season runs from mid-April through the end of July/early-August. Registration for the Spring/Summer season will be open in mid-March.
  • We will accept new registrations throughout the season as we realize some of our athletes participate in other activities throughout the year.

Please direct all inquiries about new member registration to Coach Paul at [email protected]


Upcoming Season Start Dates (all groups):

2021/2022 Fall/Winter will begin on September 13, 2021.

How do I register for the Monmouth Barracudas? What are the fees?

At tryouts, you will fill out our sign in forms and receive a packet.

Upon your decision to join, you submit your team registration forms and we will register your swimmer(s) in our registration system.

After attending tryouts, you will receive all team fees and payment schedules.



Fall Season Scholarship:

The club recognizes the need to provide scholarship opportunities for swimmers who fall below the federally set free and reduced lunch income scale.  The scope and duration of the scholarships will be determined by the current fundraising and financial condition of the club. Please contact Head Coach Paul Buerck for further information.

College Swimmers

Club members who continue to swim at the collegiate level are always welcome to return and train with the Monmouth Barracudas and the Senior group.  We encourage our returning swimmers to be role models for our developing swimmers by demonstrating leadership, commitment, and responsibility.  College swimmers must be registered athletes through USA Swimming and are responsible for all meet fees

Family Commitment Policy per Season

Why require a family commitment?  Monmouth Barracuda Swim Club coaches are paid, professional coaches. Volunteers perform all other club functions.  It takes a great deal of manpower to run our meets.  Without the revenue from our volunteer-staffed meets, all dues would need to increase by 20% or more.  Your volunteer hours enable us to keep a cap on our yearly dues while still providing an optimal experience for your swimmer.  All families are required to work our four home meets and four away meets as well as all championships!


Practice Equipment Requirements

As in any other sport or activity, swimming requires specific practice equipment as well as a team competition suit.. All team swimmers are required to purchase basic practice equipment, determined by their practice group.  Each groups equipment requirement can be found under our practice groups.

All Swimmers are required to have goggles, Kickboards, snorkels and paddles (age 11 over)

All practice equipment can be purchased at our tryout night August 6th or online at Ultimate Swim Shop.


Required and Optional Apparel


  • Competition Suit (Can only be purchased through the Ultimate Swim Shop On August 6th
  • Team Cap for swim meets (each swimmer will receive a team latex cap at the beginning of the season)
    • additional caps can be purchased year round and billed to the member's account
      • Latex Cap = $6
      • Silicone Cap = $12
    • Contact a Coach if a new cap is needed.
  • Basic Team Shirts (It is required that swimmers to wear Barracuda gear at swim meets)

Optional - Many swimmers have much more apparel than stated above.  The below items are optional, but we encourage all swimmers to have more than just the basic grey shirt as we require all swimmers to wear team apparel at swim meets.

  • We will offer a variety of different purchasing opportunities throughout the season also.  Items include embroidered hoodies, beanies, a variety of t-shirts, and other fun options and posted on our team store




Practice Schedules for 2021-2022 TENTATIVE SCHEDULE!

Our fall season will begin the week of September 13th

Group Harvard- Ages 8 and under – Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6:30-7:15pm

Group Yale- Ages 10/under – Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6:30-7:30pm and Saturday TBA

Group California- Ages 11/12 – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 6:30-8:00pm 0r 7 to 830pm and Saturday 8:30-9:30am Carbone Dryland: Monday 4:20 to 5:05pm

Group PENNSYLVANIA and MICHIGAN– Ages 13/14Monday, Thursday 6:30- 8:30pm and  Saturday 6:30-8:30am and Carbone Dryland: Tuesday 4:20 – 5:05pm. Other days TBA


Group Kentucky – Ages 14/17 – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 6:30-8:30pm and Saturday 6:30-8:30am.  Carbone Dryland: Friday 4:20 to 5:05pm


Group Hawaii – Coaches Selection only (need at least Florida 15/over Cut times) –

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 6:30-8:30pm and Saturday 6:30am – 8:30am. Carbone Dryland: Friday 4:20 to 5:05pm.      

** When High School season start, we begin practice 30 minutes later. Friday practices TBD and there may be some changes to some of the practice times!


Monmouth Barracudas Summer and Fall Schedule 2021-2022 (Team Events)






October 12th or 13th – SJAC NL Aquatic Center 333 Preston Ave Vorhees NJ TRAVEL MEET

November - TBA


December -14-16th – TBA

January 8th - ECCC ABBC Ocean City Aquatic Center – TRAVEL MEET

January 18th - TBA


**February 25th/26th– BRONZE CHAMPS 13 overs HOME MEET NAC.  ALL HANDS-ON DECK!

April 1st to 3rd or 8th to 10th – FLORIDA TYR CHAMPIONSHIPS TAMPA FLORDIA AGES 11 OVER Cut times

** Championship meets are NOT set!   MORE EVENTS TO BE ADDED!