KMSC offers several practice groups with professional coaching to all levels of swimmers. 

Success in the sport of swimming is measured differently for each swimmer. While one athlete may progress quickly, others will see slower progress over a longer period of time. This is normal and has more to do with the physical and emotional maturity of each swimmer.

Therefore, KMSC swimmers progress through each level at their own pace. Once swimmers have moved beyond the Bridge Program, coaches will conduct evaluations within practice to determine who is ready for the next practice group. Evaluations are typically held a few times per season.


PRACTICE GROUPS

KMSC SWIM SCHOOL
 
Children who are ready to learn to swim begin in the Marlin Swim School, a part of the nationally-recognized SwimAmerica program. Our professionally-trained coaches provide the latest and best instruction for proper swimming technique. Each student benefits from our goal-driven, technique-oriented curriculum that paves the way to enjoy swimming for fun, fitness, or competition.  To learn more about the Marlin Swim School, please click here.
 
Once students have completed Station 6 in the Marlin Swim School, they are invited to join KMSC’s Bridge Program.
 
KMSC BRIDGE PROGRAM
 
The Pre Prep and Prep levels make up our Bridge program. Here, children can take their newly developed swimming skills further. The Bridge program is an introduction to the swim team, though competitions are not required. 
 
PRE PREP (ages 4-12)
Practices are offered at the Lighthouse two days per week for Pre Prep swimmers in small class sizes. Swimmers will continue to fine-tune their freestyle and backstroke, while also beginning the basics of butterfly and breaststroke. Coaches will also help children develop good listening skills and understanding behavioral expectations on a swim team. Pre Prep swimmers are encouraged to learn about competitive swimming through our Marlin Mini Meets, held 3-4 times per season at the Lighthouse. 
 
Enrollment is month-to-month. Once your child is in a Pre Prep group, he/she stays until you withdraw or until the child moves up to Prep. We understand children at this age are excited to try a variety of activities. To withdraw, simply email us through the Contact Us link on our homepage by the 23rd of the month prior to when you wish to withdraw.
 
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: Goggles, kickboard, and long training fins, labeled with child’s name
FUNDRAISING/VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS: The Booster Club does not require fundraising or volunteering for Pre Prep families. However, if your child participates in a Marlin Mini Meet, parents are expected to volunteer as all help is needed.
 
PREP (ages 5-12)
Once swimmers have mastered skills in Pre Prep, they move to our Prep group, which also meets two days per week for 30 minutes per class. As with Pre Prep, class sizes are limited. Coaches continue to build on drills used in Marlin Swim School and Pre Prep to fine-tune freestyle and backstroke, while introducing new concepts in butterfly and breaststroke. Additionally, basic competitive swimming skills such as streamlining and diving are explored. Coaches continue to work with children on building their listening skills, displaying respect for coaches and teammates, and concepts such as taking turns and completing “sets” in practice.
 
Swim meets are not required, though we encourage children to learn more about competitive swimming through our Marlin Mini Meets, held 3-4 times per season at the Lighthouse.
 
Enrollment is month-to-month. Once your child is in Prep, he/she stays until the child moves up to Onyx or withdraws. To withdraw, simply email us through the Contact Us link on our homepage by the 23rd of the month prior to when you wish to withdraw.
 
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: Goggles, kickboard, and long training fins, labeled with child’s name. 
FUNDRAISING/VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS: The Booster Club does not require fundraising or volunteering for Pre Prep families. However, if your child participates in a Marlin Mini Meet, parents are expected to volunteer as all help is needed.
 

 
KMSC SWIM TEAM TRAINING GROUPS
 
ONYX
Onyx is a transition from the KMSC Bridge Program into the competitive swim team. Swimmers move out of Prep when they have begun to master the skills of all four competitive strokes, including the often difficult-to-learn breaststroke kick. Coaches will continue to smooth out each swimmer’s technique, as well as introduce flip turns and other skills that will prepare them for competition. Practices are offered four days per week for 45 minutes each. Swimmers are encouraged to attend a minimum of three practices per week.
 
Swim meets are an important part of the swim team experience, and as such, we encourage swimmers in Onyx and above to attend local competitions. Marlin Mini Meets are offered 3-4 times per season at the Lighthouse as a great way to learn about competitive swimming. 
 
Enrollment follows our swim team policy, which means that families must give 30 days’ notice via email to withdraw. 
 
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: Goggles, kickboard, and long training fins, labeled with child’s name. An Arena team suit is required for swim meets outside of Marlin Mini Meets.
FUNDRAISING/VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS: The Booster Club requires families in Onyx and above to meet our annual fundraising or volunteering requirements. Read more under the Boosters tab . Also, all families who participate in a Marlin Mini Meet must volunteer.
 
SAPPHIRE & IVORY
 
SAPPHIRE: Swimmers in Sapphire will continue working on technique through new drills. Additionally, they will focus more on skills that will benefit them in competition, such as backstroke flip turns, open turns, and diving. Sapphire is a bridge between Onyx and Ivory, and often, these swimmers work alongside their teammates in Ivory for part or all of practice. Sapphire practice is offered four days per week for one hour each. Sapphire swimmers are encouraged to attend a minimum of three practices per week.
 
IVORY: Ivory coaches aim to further transition swimmers in the competitive stage of swimming. Training focuses on technique as the priority, which creates a foundation for life-long success in the sport. Swimmers will build on their pace clock skills and begin to tackle longer sets. Practice is offered five days per week for one hour each. Ivory swimmers are encouraged to attend a minimum of three, though four is ideal.
 
Sapphire & Ivory swimmers are strongly encouraged to participate in swim meets, ranging from Marlin Mini Meets to local meets to an occasional out-of-town meet. Enrollment follows our swim team policy, which requires families give 30 days’ notice via email to withdraw.
 
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: Goggles, mesh equipment bag, kickboard, and long training fins, labeled with child’s name. An Arena team suit and KMSC team cap are required for swim meets outside of Marlin Mini Meets.
FUNDRAISING/VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS: The Booster Club requires families in Onyx and above to meet our annual fundraising or volunteering requirements. Read more under the Boosters tab . Also, all families who participate in a Marlin Mini Meet must volunteer.
 
PURPLE
 
Athletes in Purple represent age-group swimmers who demonstrate a desire to train for competitive swim meets, are beginning to attend practices regularly, and exhibit positive practice habits. Coaches dedicate practice time to developing technique, building endurance, and learning racing strategies. Practices are offered five days per week, for 75 minutes each. Swimmers are strongly encouraged to attend a minimum of four practices per week.
 
Participation in swim meets at this level should be regarded as a reward for each swimmer’s dedication and commitment to training. Swim meets allow our athletes to get to know their teammates better, understand how the skills we work on daily translate in a race, and, most importantly, have fun. Marlin Mini Meets are occasionally open to Purple swimmers, and several local and out-of-town swim meets are available. All Purple swimmers who qualify for our end-of-season championship meets — Division II and OKS State Championships — are expected to attend these team events. 
 
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: Goggles, mesh equipment bag, kickboard, snorkel, and long training fins, labeled with child’s name. An Arena team suit and KMSC swim cap are required for swim meets.
FUNDRAISING/VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS: The Booster Club requires families in Onyx and above to meet our annual fundraising or volunteering requirements. Read more under the Boosters tab . Also, all families who participate in a Marlin Mini Meet must volunteer.
 
SENIOR DEVELOPMENT (age 11+)
 
Swimmers at this level are making the transition from age-group swimming to senior-level swimming. These athletes have already demonstrated a commitment to practices and are expected to attend often as they prepare for competitions throughout the short-course and long-course seasons. Senior Development athletes, who must be at least 11 years old, have high performance goals and are focusing on their transition to the senior team. Practices, which range from 90 minutes (weekdays) to two hours (Saturdays and holidays/summer), are offered six days per week. Depending on the time of season, dryland may also be offered to enhance each swimmer’s overall training. Swimmers are encouraged to attend a minimum of five practices per week.
 
Swim meets are an important part of the Senior Development group, for several reasons. Athletes at this age are social and enjoy spending time poolside with friends and teammates. Swim meets give them the opportunity to socialize while also chasing their goals in the pool. Participation at local and out-of-town swim meets in strongly encouraged, and athletes who achieve qualifying times to higher-level meets are expected to attend.
 
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: Goggles, mesh equipment bag, kickboard, snorkel, paddles, pull buoy, water bottle, and long training fins, labeled with child’s name. An Arena team suit and KMSC swim cap are required for swim meets. Swimmers ages 13 and older should discuss with their head coach whether a tech suit is necessary.
FUNDRAISING/VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS: The Booster Club requires families in Onyx and above to meet our annual fundraising or volunteering requirements. Read more under the Boosters tab. 
 
SENIOR GROUPS (age 13+)
The Senior group is broken down into three groups, which all train on the same schedule. 
 
SENIOR
Athletes in the Senior level have attained a higher level in swimming that requires intense training and a strong commitment to the sport. Participation in all practices and swim meets is encouraged to help swimmers reach their goals. Practices range from 90 minutes (mornings) to two hours for most weekdays plus Saturday mornings. Swimmers are encouraged to attend the maximum number of practices recommended by the head coach. This recommendation will vary based on each swimmer’s age and goals. Additionally, many swimmers at this level are also representing their high schools in competition. They will work with our head coach to put forth the best possible training plan.
 
Senior-level swimmers are strongly encouraged to attend swim meets recommended by the head coach. Swimmers who qualify for high-level meets, such as OKS Championships or KMSC Pro-Am, are strongly encouraged to attend.
 
SECTIONAL 
These athletes have achieved at least one qualifying standard for the Region VIII Speedo Sectional Championships held during both the short- and long-course seasons. Sectional swimmers have already displayed a strong commitment to their training, and this commitment and dedication is an integral part of continued improvement in the sport. Additionally, Sectional swimmers are working toward moving up onto the national scene, working toward Futures and Junior Nationals. Swimmers are expected to attend all practices offered, based on the recommendations of the head coach, and attend all meets outlined by the head coach.
 
NATIONAL
Swimmers at the National level have qualified for National level competitions and have their sights set on U.S. Nationals and Olympic Trials. Success at this level is achieved through dedication, persistence, and commitment to every aspect of the program. Swimmers are expected to attend all practices as recommended by the head coach and compete at all meets outlined by the head coach.
 
SENIOR GROUP EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: Goggles, mesh equipment nag, kickboard, snorkel, paddles, fingertip paddles, pull buoy, short fins, bands for stretching, water bottle, and long training fins, labeled with child’s name. An Arena team suit and KMSC swim cap are required for swim meets. Swimmers should discuss with their head coach whether a tech suit is necessary.
FUNDRAISING/VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS: The Booster Club requires families in Onyx and above to meet our annual fundraising or volunteering requirements. Read more under the Boosters tab .
 

HIGH SCHOOL STAY-IN-SHAPE PROGRAM
 
The HS Stay-in-Shape program, offered at the Lighthouse only, is an excellent program for middle- and high-school swimmers who want to stay in swimming shape during the off-season or who do not want to make a commitment to full-time club swimming. Practices are offered two days per week. Swimmers receive professional instruction with emphasis on improving and maintaining good technique in all four competitive strokes. Swimmers are not required to compete in swim meets, but may choose to do so.
 
Enrollment in month-to-month. Swimmers who wish to take a break or withdraw should notify the club via email by the 23rd of the month prior to the break. 
 
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: Goggles, kickboard, and long training fins. 
FUNDRAISING/VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS: The Booster Club does not require any fundraising or volunteering for HS Program families. However, they welcome your participation.