Thank you for your interest in Excel Swim Club! We ask that all new swimmers try out to ensure that they will be able to safely participate in practices. This is a swim team, not lessons. Swimmers need a baseline level of ability in the water in order to participate.


Swimmers may be exempt from the tryout if they have participated in another USA swim team or summer league team (GSSSL, Seattle City League, YMCA, etc). Swim lessons, even pre-competitive ones, do not fulfill the requirement but are still highly encouraged!


The tryout requirements for 10 and under are as follows:


  1. Swim a 25 freestyle and demonstrate the ability to side breathe.
  2. Swim a 25 backstroke.
  3. Show a basic understanding of breaststroke and butterfly. They do not have to be performed perfectly, we just want to see that swimmers recognize both strokes.
  4. Show comfort swimming in the deep part of the pool.
  5. Swimmers should pick any of our workouts and arrive 5-10 min early for the assessment. Please let [email protected] so we can give the coach a heads up.


Coaches have the final say in whether a swimmer is ready or not at any level. Safety is our number one priority and we want to make sure swimmers are in an appropriate setting and have a good experience!