Thank you for your interest in San Clemente Aquatics.  We offer a program for competitive swimmers ages 5+ to 19 and a FitPrep program for those 12+. 


All swimmers in the competitive program must meet our minimum swim requirements according to age.  We are firm on the requirements.  If a swimmer is within 30 days of their birthday, we may require they meet the minimum swim requirements for this new age group.  If you would like to be added to a tryout list, please email our Team Administrator at 

[email protected] All swimmers (with the exception of FitPrep) must attend a tryout prior to being placed on the waitlist. 

Below are the minimum swim requirements needed to be considered for the swim team.

  • Ages 5-8:  swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards freestyle with side arm breathing and 25 yards backstroke.  All strokes must be legal, continual and unassisted. 
  • Ages 9-11:  swimmers must be able to swim 50 yards freestyle with side arm breathing, 50 yards backstroke, 25 yards breaststroke and 25 yards butterfly.  All strokes must be legal, continual and unassisted. 
  • Ages 12 & Over:  swimmers must be able to swim 100 yards freestyle with side arm breathing, 100 yards backstroke, 50 yards breaststroke and 50 yards butterfly.  All strokes must be legal, continual and unassisted. Swimmers must be able to complete proper turns as well as starts (dives) and finishes.

Competitive Swim Team is for swimmers ages 5-19 that can swim all four competitive strokes.  All strokes must be legal, continual and unassisted.  Depending on the age of the swimmer, at the evaluation the swimmer will be asked to demonstrate anywhere from 25-100 yards of each stroke.  These groups have minimum attendance requirements, swim meet requirements and service hours.

FitPrep is for swimmers 12 and older that can swim 200 yards Freestyle and 100 yards backstroke.   All strokes must be legal, continual and unassisted.  These groups have NO attendance requirement, NO swim meet requirement and NO service hours.  Please contact me if you are interested in this group. 


If you have swim team experience and have USA Swimming sanctioned times in the strokes listed as minimum requirements, please email me directly and you will be able to bypass the tryout. 


1. How do I attend a tryout?
Please email the following information to our Team Administrator (
sanclemente[email protected]

  • Swimmer Name 

  • Swimmer Date of Birth

  • If a swimmer is younger than 12, what strokes can they swim?

  • If a swimmer is 12 or older:  Can your swimmer swim legally all four competitive strokes?

  • Does your swimmer have any swim team experience?  If so, what team?

  • What does your swimmer want to accomplish with SCA?  For example, swim for fitness only, wants to be on team and compete, looking to swim in high school, etc.

2.  What if my swimmer cannot meet the minimum swim requirements?  We would recommend that you enroll in a swim lesson program prior to attending a tryout. 

3.  What do I need to bring to the tryout?  Swimmers should bring a swim cap (if they have hair past their ears), goggles, and a towel.

4.  Am I required to put in Service Hours or participate in Fundraisers?
Yes and No.  Some groups have a service hour requirement. This policy can be found under the Info page on the website.

5.  Can I start at any time?
Yes.  We are a year-round team that officially begins practices in September and finishes up the season in August.  That said, swimmers join the team regularly throughout the year, so you can start anytime.