My child is interested in trying out for the team.  What is the procedure and when can he/she try out?

Tryouts are held the last week of every month, Monday through Thursday at 6:30 PM.  It is not necessary to notify anyone in advance if your child wishes to try out. Simply come to pool at 6:15 PM on one of the designated try out days and check in with one of the coaches.  Try out days are also reflected on the calendar on the website.

What are the fees for my child(ren) to participate on the Pacifica Sea Lions swim team?

There are two monthly fees and one annual fee to participate on the PSL team.  Additional fees apply to enter swimmers to compete in meets (see FAQ about entering meets below).  

Monthly:  

  • To the City of Pacifica:  (Competitive team members) $75 per month plus a $5 sign-up fee for the first month.  (Pre-competition team members) $65 per month plus a $5 sign-up fee for the first month.  The City of Pacifica requires payments to be made directly to the City by mail or in person.

  • To the Pacifica Sea Lions Aquatics Club:  The Pacifica Sea Lion Aquatics Club Parent Board requires families to pay yearly dues to support the competitive aspect of the team.  These fees are broken up into monthly installments of $11 for pre-competition swimmers and $21 for competition swimmers. These fees are auto deducted from the credit card you put on file when your child(ren) join the team.

Annually:  All swimmers must join USA Swimming. Membership for USA Swimming is $73 per year.  This amount is also auto deducted from the credit card you put on file when your child(ren) joins the team.

Why are there multiple fees associated with participation on the PSL swim team?

The Pacifica Sea Lions Aquatics Club is supported by the City of Pacifica and the families of all swim team members.  Fees paid to the City cover items such as access to and maintenance of the pool, lifeguard staffing, and coach salaries.  Fees paid directly to the Club are used to provide additional compensation for our coaches, purchase new equipment for the team, and host events for team members, etc.

My child has tried out for the team and wishes to join.  What is the process to do that?

You need to create an account on pacificasealions.com.

To log on for the first time:

  1. Go to www.pacificasealions.com  and click on “Sign In”.

  2. Follow the instructions to “Reset your password” by clicking on the link provided.

  3. In the new window, enter the email address you provided when you signed up and click “Submit”.

  4. Password instructions will be sent to your email address and will guide you through the final logon process.

Is there an app for my phone that will enable me to access information about my account and my child(ren)?

Yes.  You will need your login/password from our website to access the online app which has a much better features related to standards comparison.  To get and use the app:

  1. Shop for “OnDeck Parent” from TeamUnify through the appropriate app store to match your device.

  2. Your user name/password is your email login/password from our website. Our alias is “psl” (lowercase). Follow the set up instructions. While the app will automatically refresh, use the “Sync” after you make any significant changes.

  3. Set the standards to compare under “Prefs”. Our specific standards are located under “PC”. For all the current standards, choose: PC 2013 SC Times (displays both “B” and “A” times), PC 2013 SC PRT and PC 2013 SC JO & FW (displays both JO and FW times). As soon as Long Course season starts, add the current year standards for Long Course. Make sure you SAVE your preferences!

  4. Click on Account home to view your swimmers. Click on your swimmer to view attendance, meet performance and best times. From best times, click on the specific event to view each performance, then on the tab show standards to compare. 

What organization is the PSL swim team affiliated with?

The team is affiliated with Pacific Swimming.  Pacific Swimming is part of USA Swimming.

How do I register and pay for my child(ren) with USA Swimming?

All swimmers must join USA Swimming. Membership for USA Swimming is $73 per year.  This amount will be auto deducted from the credit card you put on file with the team.

What is the difference between the pre-competitive and competitive PSL teams?

Generally speaking, the difference between the teams is skill level.  Since all team members are required to register with USA Swimming annually, pre-competitive team members can compete in meets.  Coaches work with pre-competitive team members to determine when it is appropriate to compete. Swimmers on the competitive teams are expected to compete at as many meets as they are able to attend.

What are my obligations as a parent of a PSL swim team member?

We expect all families of PSL team members to volunteer their time to help us run our swim meets (twice/year), time swimmers at other meets, run fundraising events, etc.  

My child no longer wants to swim on the team.  How do I withdraw him/her and stop automatic charges to my credit card?

Notify board@pacificasealions.com, coachmagda.mc@gmail.com, and schrivera@ci.pacifica.ca.us

My child needs to take a few months off from the team (due to injury, other commitments, vacation, etc.).  Can our account be placed on hold during that time?

Yes.  Notify board@pacificasealions.com, coachmagda.mc@gmail.com, and schrivera@ci.pacifica.ca.us  when your child will stop participating and when they intend to rejoin.

When does the PSL swim team practice?

The competition team practices Monday through Friday between the hours of 4:00 pm-6:15 pm. Specific practice time varies depending on individual's ability.

The pre-competition team practices Monday through Thursday from 6:15-7:00 pm.

There is no requirement that swim team members attend a certain number of practices.  However, the coaches encourage team members to attend as many days of practice as they can.  That is how the kids will improve.

Are there age and/or skill requirements for a child to join the PSL swim team?

Yes.  Children who wish to join the team must be between 5-18 years of age and be able to swim independently.  Knowledge of all four swimming strokes is encouraged, but not required, at the pre-competitive level. However, in considering whether your child should join the team, you should remember that this is a swim team, not swimming lessons.

My child(ren) has joined the team, but I am not receiving any emails from the Board or the coaches.  What should I do?

Contact board@pacificasealions.com to request access. .

How can I get involved and support the PSL swim team?

Volunteer at meets, participate on the PSL Parent Board, help with fundraising, cheer!

How do I know what meets the team will attend?

Each year, the coaches prepare a list of the swim meets our team is likely to attend.  It is reflected on the calendar on the team’s website.  

Where are swim meets held?

Generally speaking, PSL competes in meets held at pools in the Bay Area between South San Francisco and San Jose.  Many meets are held at our pool even if we are not the host team because other teams rent our facility to host their meet.

How do I enter my child in a meet?

The coaches will send out an email to team families when a meet opens.  The email will contain a link to the online system used by the meet host to enter the meet (generally either swim connection or fastswims).

What is the address for the team website?

www.pacificasealions.com

How will I receive information about meets, practice changes, team events, etc.

The coaches and/or the PSL Board will email the family email addresses on record with this type of information.  All communication regarding the team is through email.

Information is also available on the website once you are logged in.  You can:

  • Use the “Calendar” to plan for upcoming meets and events.

  • Check out the “Team News” for the latest accomplishments of our competitive swimmers. Did you get some great pictures from the last meet? Send them to board@pacificasealions.com to be included. Meet results are usually posted by the Wednesday after a weekend meet.

  • Use “Links” for shortcuts to enter meets, see current time standards and get more information from swimming specific websites.

  • From the left hand navigation bar, click on “My Account” to update your account information or to change or add an email address. 

  • Click on “My Meet Results” to view all your swimmer’s performances since September 2012. Use the filters to fine-tune the information you receive.

  • Be sure to check out the “Top Times” tab to see the three fastest PSL swimmers in each event. We’ve also added a tab that shows PSL Team Records…. Will your child hold this prestigious distinction for years to come?

What does the PSL Parent Board do?

The Board maintains the PSL website, plans fundraising and away meet travel, plans events for swimmers, allocates money to buy new equipment and other supplies for the team, assists the coaches with communication to families, communicates family concerns to the coaches, etc.

I want to get more involved.  When and where does the PSL Board meet?

The Board meets the third Wednesday of every month at 7 PM in the equipment room at the pool.