Introduction Group

Practice objectives: CIA Intro Group for swimmers of all ages, just out of swim lessons. No competitive experience is necessary.
The intro group is for swimmers just out of swim lessons who know both freestyle and backstroke. This group is intended to develop an enthusiasm for swimming!
  • Eligibility requirements:
    • Ability to do backstroke and freestyle.
  • About the group:
    • Butterfly and breaststroke will be taught in this group.
    • Swimmers will learn technique in all four strokes starts and turns, as well as basic stroke drills.
    • Group includes dryland training introduction.
    • 45-minute practices per week, which may include dryland training. 
  • Major goals:
    • Preparation for entry in the age groups. 
    • Basic use of pace clock: five-second intervals, etc.
    • Ability to complete knowledge of all four competitive strokes. 
    • Develop legal turns in all strokes.
    • Attend meets.
  • Advancement:
    • In addition to the coach's discretion, swimmers may advance based upon the completion of the CIA Introduction Set, as well as participation in at least one sanctioned swim meet.

Equipment required:

  • CIA team cap at practices and meets.
  • Well-fitting suit (such as jammers for boys and one-pieces for girls).
  • Team logo suit for meets.
  • Goggles.
  • One white and one blue CIA logo shirt (worn at meets).
  • Snorkels.
  • Fins.
All equipment and suits can be purchased from Elsmore Swim Shop.
CIA intro dues: $130/month
USA Swimming membership: $78/year
CIA registration fee: $100 season
Family discount: Families with three or more swimmers receive a discount on their swimmer dues. The registration fee for the third swimmer and additional swimmers beyond three is reduced by 50%. This reduction applies to the swimmer(s) with the least expensive dues.