Riptide Tryout Dates Announced!

Rachel & Scott Saunders

Are you interested in joining the Riptide Swim Team? Tryout dates are now available for the 2022–2023 season!

We are a YMCA and USA Swimming Team located in Central New Jersey, sponsored by the Raritan Valley YMCA in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Our purpose is to provide all participating athletes with the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential, consistent with their level of commitment and motivation, within an atmosphere of spirited competition, positive attitude and self-image, and superior sportsmanship.

Our philosophy is to help swimmers achieve their goals. We are here to help you, not the other way around! We help kids of all ages become great swimmers while also helping them become great people who reflect the YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.


For more information about our team, please click here.

For more information about our upcoming tryout dates, please click here.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a tryout?

A tryout is an evaluation done by our coaching staff to identify which group would be best for your child to practice with. Each swimmer is different, and we do our best to place all of our swimmers in the appropriate practice group for the season. However, practice groups are not final and coaches may adjust practice groups based on swimmer performance during the first few weeks of practice.

Space on our team is limited and spots are filled on a rolling basis. Practice groups may close once filled, so your best opportunity to make the team is to attend one of our earlier tryout dates!

Does my child need prior swim team experience to attend a tryout?

Riptide welcomes all swimmers who are interested and dedicated to pursuing swim at the competitive level. To try out, older swimmers must be able to swim several laps of at least three out of four of the competitive strokes (Freestyle, Breaststroke, Backstroke, Butterfly). Younger swimmers (ages eight and under) must be able to swim two laps of at least two of the four competitive strokes using a legal stroke pattern.

What forms do I need to bring to the tryout?

Registration paperwork will be available at the tryout. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tryout time to complete the necessary paperwork and to prepare for your tryout. 

What does my child need to wear/bring to tryouts?

All swimmers should arrive ready to swim with his or her swimsuit on, as changing facilities may not be available. Swimmers should bring swim goggles, a towel, and a water bottle. A swim cap is also recommended.

What should I expect the day of tryouts?

When you arrive at the pool, please wait for our coaching staff to address the group. They will instruct each swimmer where to go to begin his or her tryout. There will be a brief informational meeting for the parents, presented by our Riptide Parent Board, while your child is in the pool. We ask that you allow our coaching staff to attend to your child's swim evaluation, while you focus your attention on learning more about the Riptide swim team.

You are free to leave after your child's tryout, and you will be contacted within one week of your tryout date to inform you if your child is able to join the team at this time.

Who can answer my questions about tryouts?

If you have a question regarding tryouts, please email us at [email protected] and your question will be directed to the person who can best provide the answer.