Bronze Group






      Coach Julie                                Coach Hannah                     


About the group

San Clemente Aquatics Bronze Group is an introduction to competitive swimming for youth interested in developing endurance and technique to advance to our competitive USA Swim Team. 

Swimmers in this program will learn the basics of being part of a swim team: dives, turns, reading the pace clock, circle swimming, and understanding workouts and sets.

A Try-out is required to join this program. Try-outs are by appointment only!



Try-out dates (by appointment only!)

To Schedule an Appointment:  Email  Please include your child's name, date of birth, swim experience (if applicable).  


Once your child has completed a tryout and is approved to join the team, you can register your swimmer  on our website: SCA Member Registration.



Expectations / Required skills  Bronze is our beginner level for swimmers 11 and younger.  Swimmers ages 5-8 must be able to swim 25 yards freestyle with side arm breathing, 25 yards backstroke and be familiar with breaststroke and butterfly.  Swimmers ages 9 & older must be proficient in breaststroke as well as freestyle and backstroke.  All strokes must be legal, continual and unassisted. 


Attendance and Participation  Swimmers are encouraged to attend all practices offered each week.  Swimmers are encouraged to swim two meets per year.  

Service Hours :  There are service hours assigned to this group.  

Monthly Dues and Start Up 

$100/month dues + $72 Southern California Swimming Annual Registration + $100 SCA Team Registration Fee + $40 Annual Swimmer Fee.  First month including start-up fee's will be $312 and then $100 thereafter.


  • Boys:  jammers or briefs, goggles.  Cap optional
  • Girls:  1-piece competition suit, googles, cap (required).  Hair must be completely inside cap
  • Swim training fins ("Tritan" fins are preferred).
  • Board shorts, trunks, rash guards not permitted.
  • All swim gear can be purchased through SCA team vendor, CAS.

Monday/Wednesday 3-4 pm at the Vista Hermosa pool.


Criteria to Move from Bronze to Silver Groups

Complete 50 yards Freestyle and 25 yards Backstroke. 

Work in a group environment and follow coaching directions

Be on time for workouts 90% of time

Complete 25 yards Breaststroke with a legal kick.

Swim five (5) x 50 yards freestyle.

Legal 100 IM with legal turns and start and finish.

Demonstrate streamline during practice 100% of the time.

USA Swimming dive certified.

Able to read the pace clock

​NOTE: a 6-year-old who is being considered for a move to Silver must ALSO have a minimum of THREE 5-8 Blue times.


The coaching staff will make all group level assignments. Training ability, performance, maturity, commitment of both the athlete and the parents, and social group will all be taken into account when making this determination. Be assured that the coaching staff considers every athlete very carefully. 


Even if the athlete makes all the standards for consideration, the athlete may not be moved into the next practice group. Conversely, the coaches may invite an athlete that has not made all the standards to be placed into a higher group. This could be for a variety of reasons including but not limited to physical, mental, or psychological maturity, commitment of the athletes and parents, social group etc. Ultimately it is the sole discretion of the coaching staff where to place an athlete. If you have a question as to why your athlete was placed in a certain group please ask the coach and we will certainly discuss it with you.