Mudskippers + Developmental Seahorses

Las Trampas offers two different programs for our pre- swim team children:

MUDSKIPPERS + DEVELOPMENTAL SEAHORSES

 

2022 Program Dates: May 31 - July 12

Monday through Friday

TENTATIVE PRACTICE TIMES

 

PLEASE READ THIS INFORMATION THOROUGHLY BEFORE REGISTERING VIA THE LINK BELOW.

NEW FAMILIES: PLEASE VIEW THE NEW FAMILY MEETING RECORDED ZOOM IN ITS ENTIRETY.  YOUR REGISTRATION WILL BE APPROVED AFTER YOU HAVE VIEWED THE RECORDING.

Key Dates for the Mudskipper & Developmental Seahorse programs: 

  • March 19: Assessments, 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM.  If you are unsure whether your swimmer is ready for Swim Team, vs would be better placed in Mudskippers or Developmental Seahorses, please attend Assessment Day.  More details and Signup HERE.
  • March 22: Registration opens to returning LTST famlies. 
  • March 24: Registration opens to new LTST families.
  • Registration will close when the program reaches maximum capacity.  Please be advised that this program typically reaches capacity quickly.  Please see information below regarding adding your child to the Waiting List if the program is full when you attempt to register.
  • May 31: Placement Day.  Each child will have a designated assessment time on May 31 (we'll send a Signup Genius).  During the assessments, the Coaches and Directors will confirm that each swimmer safely meets the minimum requirements of the programs, as well as determine which group is appropriate for each swimmer's ability level.  These evaulations are very low-key.
  • June 1: Swimmers begin attending practice with their assigned practice group, as identified during the Assessment.
  • June 30 - July 4: No practice; Independence Day Holiday Break 
  • July 6: Last LTST Home Swim Meet (Developmental Seahorses are invited to swim in an exhibition race of 25 Freestyle)
  • July 12: Mudskipper Debut (final day of practice for the Mudskipper and Developmental Seahorse programs).  Families are encouraged to attend and cheer on their Mudskippers / Developmental Seahorses!

 

MUDSKIPPERS

Mudskippers is a pre-swim team program.  Mudskipper participants can expect to have fun, meet and make friends, and work on swim skills, strength, and endurance necessary to become an LT Seahorse.  The shared goal of the Mudskipper program is for swimmers to complete 25 yards freestyle without stopping.  
 
Mudskippers receive instruction from 14-18 year old LTST swimmers, under the supervision of the Mudskippers Head Coach. The instructor to swimmer ratio will vary daily but is typically 2-3 swimmers per in-water coach.
 
Is your child ready to be a Mudskipper?
 
1. Must be at least 3 years old as of June 15, 2022
2. Is comfortable in the water and enters pool voluntarily
3. Is able to float on front and back with support
4. Is able to exhale underneath water surface (i.e., blow bubbles)
5. Is able to kick on front and on back with support
6. Typical age range for Mudskippers is 3 to 5 years old.
The Mudskipper season culminates in a Mudskipper Debut on Tuesday, July 12th where Mudskippers show us what they have learned!  Friends and family are invited to this event. Coaches will be in the water to lend a helping hand if needed.

DEVELOPMENTAL SEAHORSES

Our Developmental Seahorse program is designed for those swimmers who have met all the qualifications for a Mudskipper and are swim safe, but are not yet able to swim a full 25 yards without stopping to tread water, hang on the lane line, or hold onto a coach. 
 
Is your child ready to be a Developmental Seahorse?
 
1. Has prior swimming lesson experience
2. Is able to jump into deep water and return to wall
3. Is able to submerge to a depth of 3-feet and retrieve an object
4. Is able to swim (any style) at least 5 yards unassisted
5. Can approximate at least two of the four competitive strokes (typically freestyle and backstroke)
6. Typical age range for Developmental Seahorses is 4-6 years old.
 

The goal for our Developmental Seahorses is to gain the confidence and skills enabling them to join the swim team for the last Home meet of the season, which will be July 6th, 2022.  With parent approval, Developmental Seahorses will swim against each other in one exhibition event (race) at that Home meet.

Developmental Seahorses also participate in the Mudskipper Debut on July 12.  Families are encouraged to attend and cheer for their swimmer!

There are no volunteer requirements for families with just Mudskippers/Developmental Seahorses, and costs for both programs are the same.

PROGRAM COST

Program cost: $350 per swimmer. Additional credit card processing fee applies to all charges.  Registration is required for each swimmer before entering the water. 

Registration opens March 22, 2022 for RETURNING LTST FAMILIES

Registration opens March 24, 2022 for NEW LTST FAMILIES

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR MUDSKIPPERS / DEVELOPMENTAL SEAHORSES

Registration in the Mudskipper / Developmental Seahorse programs will be limited in order to maintain a safe coach-to-swimmer ratio.  Our youngest and least experienced swimmers need small groups and ample space to learn and practice their developing skills.

If the Mudskipper / Developmental Seahorse programs have reached capacity upon your attempt to register, please add your name to the Mudskipper / Developmental Seahorse Waiting List.  If a spot in the program becomes available, we will notify the Waitlisted families in order.  Each family will have 24 hours to respond before we move to the next family on the list.