Rapids and Riptides are full! Please email [email protected] or [email protected] to be added to the wait list.

The Cascades Rapids are excited to welcome swimmers 5-18 years old for our 28th summer of swimming!


Welcome Riptides! Our program is specially designed for swimmers from 5 to 7 years of age who have basic swimming skills, but need additional training to complete one length of the pool (25 meters) unassisted safely. The goal of this program is to prepare these swimmers for the Cascades Rapids 8 and under group. Swimmers must be 5 years of age by June 15, 2022. No exceptions.

The ultimate goal of the Riptides program is to prepare these swimmers for the Cascades Rapids 8 and under group. Additionally we work to:

  • Foster confidence in our young swimmers
  • Teach the fundamentals of freestyle
  • Build endurance to complete one length of the pool unassisted in a legal freestyle stroke
  • Introduce the basic skills of backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly
  • FUN!!


Are there tryouts? 

All Riptides will be required to sign up for 2 evaluations (see below).  

If my child is 7 and was a Riptide in 2021, are they still a Riptide?
If your child finished the season as a Riptide, we encourage you to sign up for the first date available for evaluation. If they have had any formal swim exposure or instruction since August 2021 and demonstrate the capability to move to Rapids, you will be notified at the evaluation.
Riptides is full; what do I do?
Send an email with your child's name, age, parent name and email address to  [email protected]. A waitlist will be generated based on the order of emails received. 
My child is on the waitlist. When will I hear something?
You may hear something as early as  June 1st! If a registered Riptide makes a move to Rapids during the evaluation process, you will be notified in waitlist order. You'll have 24 hours to register if offered the spot. 
Will parents be allowed on deck during evaluations and practice?
Riptides must have no more than one adult for supervision on deck. We ask that you limit sibling attendees to younger siblings. This is not the season for older kids playing ball on deck while waiting for their practice to begin! 
When will I know my child's exact practice time?
Groups will be formed based on ability. Riptides generally practice for 30 min. Sessions begin at approximately  7:30 AM and will run until approximately  9:00 AM. More information will be provided as soon as it is finalized. 
Can I request a different practice time?
We understand what a puzzle scheduling camps, multiple practices and summer life can be! Unfortunately, Riptide practice times cannot be switched. It is possible that based on changes in a swimmer's development they may be recommended for an alternate group once practices begin. Coaches will drive that decision.
What equipment is needed?
Cap, goggles, kickboard and fins. Team suits are NOT required for Riptides, however, no bikinis allowed. A simple one piece suit is best for girls and a "jammer" for boys. TEAM STORE FOR EQUIPMENT The only items available for order through the Cascades Rapids are swim caps. More information to follow.