Newport Penguins Team Readiness Guidelines

In order to join the competition Swim or Dive Team, a child must be able to complete the Team’s readiness guidelines set forth below.  These guidelines ensure the safety of all swim and dive team members. The readiness of any child is determined by the head coach only.

A Team readiness assessment using these guidelines will be made by the head coach for each potential new team member.  Children who are unable to meet the Team readiness guidelines are encouraged to take swim lessons to develop these fundamental swimming skills for future summers.    

The Swim Team’s readiness guidelines require that each child can

  • Swim one lap of the competition pool (25 meters) unassisted doing some form of a freestyle stroke.  Children must put their face into the water while swimming one lap.     

  • Hold his/her breath underwater for 5-10 seconds

  • Roll from his/her stomach to his/her back

  • Flutter kick with a kickboard

  • Get in the water at every practice (even when it’s cold!)

  • Jump into the water and bring himself/herself back to the surface

  • Tread water for 15 seconds

The Dive Team’s readiness guidelines require that each child can safely swim from the diving board to the ladder in the diving well.