Fall Swim 2022

Fall Swim is a conditioning- and technique-focused program with no swim meets. We are thrilled that for the 2022 season, we can offer a Fall Swim program for tadpoles (pre-team) as well as swimmers ages 8 & Under (team ready), 9-11, and 12 & up! 


The fall swim season is open to children ages 5-18. We do sometimes accept 4-year-olds into the tadpole program, if they meet the assessment criteria.

All NEW 8 & Unders, or swimmers who have participated as tadpoles, but have not yet been told their swimmer is 'team ready' must register for an assessment before we can complete their registration onto the team. There is a $10.00 fee for the assessment. In the event that your child is assessed as "ready" for the team, we will move your child into the 8 & Under group and apply the assessment fee toward the registration fee.

If your swimmer is assessed as 'tadpole ready' we will complete their registration into tadpoles as space allows. Registration into sessions is given based on date/time of registration for the assessment. Qualifications to be Tadpole ready are as follows:

  • Able to join group activities unaided
  • Able to follow instructions in a group
  • Deep water safe (confident)
  • Able to swim with a few arm strokes approximately 10 yards

Qualifications to be 'team ready' for 8 & Unders:

  • All of the above tadpole ready criteria, plus able to swim 25 yards of the pool with consistent side breathing

Since the pandemic, we have had an increase in inquiries about program readiness for swimmers ages 9 and above.  In general, we do not require assessments for swimmers ages 9 & Up, however, we also know that many kids are currently behind in their swim skills due to pool closures over the 20/21 years.  We want our program to be a good experience for all kids who participate.  If you are not sure your 9, 10, or 11 year old meets the team ready criteria, we recommend registering into the group that represents their age and then signing up for an assessment (there will be a sign-up genius link at the conclusion of registration).  Coach Marie can better advise on proper placement once she sees your swimmer in the water. 

If your child can't make any of the scheduled assessments, please register for the Assessment Group anyway, and then contact Coach Marie ([email protected].


PLEASE NOTE:  The below schedule was updated as of 8/10/22, based on goals stated by COM to ensure no organization lost time from the 2021 schedule (the program with the most time did lose 30 minutes of time over 2021) and an additional goal to not ask any group to go passed an evening time that they did not want to go past.  So, while Tidalwaves is pleased to have picked up 2 hours and 15 minutes more of weekday time this Fall, there remains unused time at the COM facility of 1.75 more hours simply because COM prioritized an earlier end time for the 2 other programs over more participation for our 'Access for All' program or even a later start time so that more kids would have time to get to our program from school.  It should also be noted that the total number of participants for Tidalwaves' Fall program is greater than the sum of participants for the other 2 programs.  We still have more advocacy work to do! Please click here to help us let COM know who is being left out of participation based on their current rental priorities

Fall swim is held at College of Marin, Kentfield, Monday - Sunday. With practice time seven days a week, we have been able to come up with a practice schedule that offers each group at least 4 - 6 practice opportunities a week. Swimmers may come to as many or as few practices within their group as they would like.  If a group has several lines in the below table, it is only because the times vary depending on the day.  This schedule is a bit of a Tetris game!

Program Dates:  9/6/2022 - 11/12/2022

 Tadpole Session 1A M, Th 3:45 - 4:15 $280
  Sat 2:00 - 2:30  
Tadpole Session 1B Tu, F 3:45 - 4:15 $280
  Sun 2:00 - 2:30  
Tadpole Session 2A M, Th 4:15 - 4:45 $280
  Sat 2:00 - 2:30  
Tadpole Session 2B Tu, F 4:15 - 4:45 $280
  Sun 2:00 - 2:30  
Tadpole Session 3A M, Th 4:45 - 5:15 $280
  Sat 2:00 - 2:30  
Tadpole Session 3B Tu, F 4:45 - 5:15 $280
  Sun 2:00 - 2:30  
8 & Unders M, T, Th, F 3:15 - 3:45 $280
8 & Unders Sat, Sun 1:15 - 2:00  
9 - 11's T/Th 3:45 - 4:30 $280
9 - 11's W 2:00 - 2:45  
9 - 11's F 3:45 - 4:30  
9 - 11's Sat, Sun 12:15 - 1:15  
12 & Ups M, F 3:45 - 5:00 $280
12 & Ups W 2:45 - 4:00  
12 & Ups Sat, Sun 11:00 - 12:15  
Practice Group    Days   Time    Cost  

Fall '22 New 8 & Under Assessment Schedule

August 27, 2022 11:00 am 1:15 pm Sat $10 (to be applied to registration fee)
August 31, 2022 2:00 pm 4:15 pm Wed $10 (to be applied to registration fee)
Assessment Date     From Time     To Time  Day    Cost   

You will be asked to Signup for an assessment time slot at the conclusion of a successful assessment registration via a Sign-Up Genius link.  If, as many people do, you go by the Sign-Up Genius link that will be on the 'Registration Success' page, please email, [email protected] and request the link be sent to you. 

What to Expect

For tips about what to expect at practices, including what to bring, how often to attend, pool rules, and more, see Practice Tips.

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How to Sign Up

Registration for Fall swimming will open on August 15, 2022 at midnight.  Priority for program registration is based on date/time of registration submission, including registration for an assessment if the swimmer is a new 8 & under.