Interested in joining the Mako Sharks Swim Team?



Initial Steps to Joining our Team.


    ☑️   Schedule a Swim Assessment.  Contact our Head Coach at [email protected] to reserve your place at  

              one of our assessment dates.


    ☑️   Complete the Online Registration. 


    ☑️   Submit a Sports Physical. Provide the team with a copy of your swimmer's current Sports Physical by

              emailing [email protected]


    ☑️   Attend the Registration Meeting. Contact Attend the Mako Sharks' 2022/23 Season Kick-Off Meetin in August. 


    ☑️   Order the Team Suit. Use our Apparel link to order a Mako Sharks' team suit and any other team appareal.  


    ☑️   Obtain Equipment. Use our Equipment link to find a list of all equipment needed for the season.


    ☑️   Attend Practice. All practices begin 22 August 2022!


What are the Team's minimum requirements?

Swimmers must demonstrate a minimum proficiency of swimming 50 Meters unassisted in at least (2) of the (4) basic competitive strokes.


Are swimmers required to travel to away meets?

No, the Mako Sharks do not require swimmers to travel to away meets.  We offer travel meets as a way to increase competitive opportunities, to serve as a great way to explore Europe, and to help swimmers become acquainted with other athleates from across the European Forces Swim League ("EFSL").  Mako Sharks are expected to attend all HOME meets and we ask that swimmers strongly consider attending the EFSL Southern Division Meet at the end of the season. 

Where does the Team travel?

For the 2022-23 swim season, the Mako Sharks will travel to the UK, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and several locations within Italy. 

My child has previous experience as a competitive swimmer, what do I need to do?

All incoming swimmers, regardless of level of experience, need to be assessed by our coaches prior to joining the team. The assessment will ensure proper placement in the appropriate practice group.  Prior to your assessment, you may send our Head Coach your swimmer's most current times. We love experienced swim families; about 1/4 of our swimmers arrive to Vicenza from another swim team!


I am concerned about the volunteer requirement, are there alternatives?

Please reach out to our Volunteer Coordinators, Fara McKinley and Marcia Stephens, who will help you meet the goal.  The Mako Sharks Swim Team is wholly run by volunteers.  From our coaching staff to our team administrators and meet volunteers, the success of our team is predicated upon the commitment of our volunteers.  We firmly believe that there is a role for everyone based upon their skills, abilities and availability.  If you have extenuating circumstances (younger children, single parenting, disabilities, etc.) and struggle to meet the requirement, please contact one of our Volunteer Coordinators who will work with you to find creative ways to contribute to the team.  


I Have a High School Athlete who Wants to Play a Fall Sport, Can He Join the Team in the Winter?

Yes, absolutely!  High School students who play a Fall sport may join the Mako Sharks beginning in November.  Our High School swimmers are also eligible to earn either a Junior Varsity or Varsity Letter through a Memorandum of Understanding between DoDEA and the EFSL.