Tadpoles Program

Tadpoles is our program for children ages 4 - 7 (some 8 year olds) who are transitioning from lessons to 'team ready'. These younger swimmers practice separately from the team and focus on developing proper body position, balance, arm stroke, kicking, and side breathing.

The Tadpoles program is meant to be a training ground for the swim team. The program goal is to get the kids comfortable and competent swimming 25 yards of freestyle with side breathing proficiency.  Backstroke technique is also emphasized and the beginning rythm of butterfly is also introduced.


To swim in the tadpoles program your child must be:

  • Deep water safe
  • Able to swim 15 yards with some arm strokes
  • Able to join group activities unaided
  • Ready to learn new skills in a group setting

An assessment for 'Tadpole Readiness' is required as part of the registration process.


The Tadpole program is offered at College of Marin - Kentfield in the Spring and Fall. 

Spring '20 Tadpoles Schedule

    Spring Tadpoles    2/24/2020   6/12/2020   T, Th, F          2:30 - 3:00pm    $575
Program   From Date   To Date  Days Time    Cost    

Spring '20 New 8 & Under Assessment Schedule

February 1, 2020 12:30 2:00 Saturday $10 (to be applied to registration fee)
Assessment Date     From Time     To Time  Day    Cost   

Anyone who registers for an assessment will have an opportunity to sign up for a 20 minute assessment time slot via Sign Up Genius as the last step in registration. If your child can't make the scheduled assessment, please register for the Assessment Group anyway, and then contact Coach Marie ([email protected]).

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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.

How to Sign Up

Registration for the Spring tadpole session opens January 2nd for Returning families and January 9th for NEW families.

If you are registering a NEW tadpole swimmer you must register first for an assessment. Enter the registration process and select "COM Assessment Group." At the conclusion of the registration process, there is a Sign Up Genius where you can sign up for an assessment time slot.  Assessments are usually offered a few weeks before the start of the program as well as immediately prior to the program start. 

If, after the assessment, Coach Marie determines that your child is not yet ready for the Tadpole program (that is, needs more lessons) she will advise you. There is a $10.00 fee for the assessment.  If your child is assessed as 'ready' for the Tadpole program, the $10.00 fee will be applied toward your registration fee. 

Registration for our Tadpole programs fill up quickly.  Priority for the program is based on registration date.  Register early to ensure your spot!

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]).