Winter Swim Schedule and Registration Details! Registration Opens October 25th.

Liz Foley

Finally!  Winter Swim Schedule and Registration Details.  Please read on...oh, and YES, we do swim in the rain!  The only time we cancel practice due to weather is if there is lightning and in that case we wait until we know for sure...shortly before practice is scheduled to begin.


What Are the Dates for Winter Swim 2021/22?

November 8 - February 18.

What is the Cost?

Cost for this roughly 14-week program is $460.

Where is the Program Offered?

Practices held Monday - Friday are held at Redwood High School.  Saturday practices (Nov 13, 20 and Dec 4, 11, and 18 only) are held at College of Marin, Kentfield. Please note that parking at COM requires a permit even on Saturdays unless you park in the dirt lot to the right of the facilities lot. The dirt lot is free.  Permits can be purchased at the parking lot kiosk. Ticketing is random. Park without a permit at your own risk.

When Does Registration Open and How Do I Register?

Monday, October 25th at 12:01 am! To register, please go to the website and, if on a computer, click on the Registration link in the upper left-hand corner of the website. If on a phone, scroll down until you see the button labeled "Registration" and click on that! No one will receive an email telling you that registration is will just be open at 12:01 am.  

Only registration groups for which your child's age as of November 8th will be available for you to register into. Please select the appropriate registration group unless your swimmer is a NEW swimmer aged 8 or younger. In that case, please select, "NEW 8 & Under assessment".

Please Note:  Our programs have been filling up quickly over the past year.  We do expect some registration groups may fill within 24 hours.

How Are Registrations Prioritized?

For Winter swim all registrations are on a first-come-first-served basis, meaning those who get their registrations in earliest have the best chance of getting into the program. Those registering for a NEW 8 & Under assessment, will be prioritized based on the date/time they registered for the assessment. 

I Have a NEW 8 & Under. How Do I Register?

Just like everyone else, follow the "Register link" on the website.  When you get to the question that says, "Register to this group" please select, "NEW 8 & Under Assessment". All swimmers NEW to Tidalwaves are required to have an assessment prior to completing their registration for the "Team Level" 8 & Unders.  The cost of the assessment is $10. After the assessment, we will reach out to you with the results of the assessment and complete your registration.  As we normally have more swimmers sign up for assessments than we have room in the program, once we reach out to complete your registration we need a very quick "YES" or "No" response so that we can move on to fill the remaining spots in the program.  Thanks in advance for knowing your schedule, knowing the practice schedule (listed below), and knowing that you want to participate in the program!

At the conclusion of registering for an assessment (on the 'Registration Success' page), there will be a sign-up genius link.  Follow the link to sign up for an assessment time slot. Please reach out to [email protected] if you go by the link too quickly when registering!

When Are Assessments?

Assessments will be held:

  • Saturday, November 6th between 12:15 pm and 1:15 pm
  • Sunday, November 7th between 12:15 pm and 1:15 pm  

New 8 & Under registrations are prioritized based on a combination of registration date/time and assessment date. Making the earlier assessment date will improve your chances of getting a spot in the program.  Assessments last approximately 15 minutes and Coach Marie will assess no more than 4 swimmers at a time.

What Does Coach Marie Look For in An Assessment?

To swim in the "Team Ready" 8 & Under group, your child must be:

  • Able to swim 25 yards of the pool with consistent side breathing
  • Able to join group activities unaided
  • Ready to learn new skills in a group setting

I Have a NEW 8 & Under Who Was Assessed But Who Has Not Yet Participated. How Do I Register?

You do not need to have your child assessed again if Marie has already said the swimmer is 'team ready'. Please just register directly into the 'Returning 8 & Under' group. As a reminder, we do not offer a tadpole level option in the Winter.

My Child is 9, 10, 11, 12, etc. But Is NEW to Tidalwaves. Does S/he Need an Assessment?

No. Please just register directly into the group. Most do just fine and can keep up.  If Coach Marie sees that the swimmer is struggling too much, she will reach out directly and we will provide a full refund or help situate the swimmer in a more appropriate group.

My Child is 9-11 years old. How Do I Know If s/he is 'More or Less Experienced'?

Generally, a swimmer is considered 'More Experienced' if s/he has swum at a 'team level' for 2 or more years.  This is just a general guideline though and if you are unsure, please reach out to Coach Marie ([email protected]) and ask for her guidance.

How Many Practices Can My Swimmer Attend/Week?

As many or as few as your swimmer would like.  Reservations are not required.  Take advantage of the flexibility we are now able to finally provide again and come as you like.  Coaches recommend 2-3 days a week to get the most out of the program.

Are There Any Meets in Winter Swim?

No.  Our Winter swim program is a technique and conditioning-focused program designed to welcome new swimmers, as well as help returning swimmers, continue to improve in the off-season.  Tidalwaves' Marin Swim League competition season begins February 28th and goes through July 4th weekend.  During the competition season "team ready" swimmers can compete locally in up to 10 swim meets (in a non-Covid year).

What Is the Winter Practice Schedule?

Apologies for the if/then logic in the schedule this session.  Trust us, we'd rather just have one schedule too! Also, please note that the change in schedule on Wednesdays and Fridays is due to a new dismissal schedule at Redwood on these days. Please also note that from February 7 - February 18th we only have pool time on M, T, Th, the schedule is correct.

The No Swim days Are a Little Hard to Read on the Schedule, Can you re-print Them?

Sure!  No Swim Days During Winter Swim:

  • Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat Nov 24, 25, 26, 27 (Thanksgiving)
  • December 24 - Jan 3 (Winter Break)
  • January 17 (MLK day)