Do you have to be a fast swimmer to make the team?

No. The Sharks are open to anyone with an interest in swimming, who can meet the minimum requirements. Although some swimmers go on to swim in college and at national meets, many others will simply have a lot of fun, get great exercise, and compete against other swimmers at the same level as themselves. Unlike other sports, there are no “bench warmers” in swimming.

What are the minimum swimming requirements to make the team?

The swimmer should be able to swim one length of the pool freestyle (with rotary- or side-breathing) and backstroke to join the pre-competitive group.

What if I can’t decide if my swimmer belongs on the team?

Many times this is a question of desire rather than ability. We love to have new swimmers join and promise to develop them in a positive, nurturing environment. All new members are invited to join us for a try out period and then the coach will help you decide. Both sites have seen many successes over the years, but everyone to start somewhere!

How often should my swimmer attend practice to get faster?

  • Pre-Competitive: 1 x per week
  • Development 1: 1-2 x per week
  • Development 2 & 3: 2-3 x per week
  • Age Group 1: 3-4 x per week
  • Age Group 2 & 3: 4-5 x per week
  • Senior 1: 2-3 x per week
  • Senior 2: 4-5 x per week
  • Senior 3: 5-6 x per week

Is NCAT too competitive?

The program is designed to provide the opportunity for all interested swimmers to participate in competitive swimming at whatever level they choose. It is the goal of this program to provide the opportunity for those who want to be recreationally competitive and also the opportunity to pursue the highest levels of swimming!

Are meets required?

Our introductory groups allow swimmers to learn the skills necessary to compete in an instructional environment. Once a swimmer is "meet ready", we do require a certain level of competitive participation. Most participants enjoy swimming in meets once they get over the initial anxiety. It is also a great social time for the swimmers and parents - a time to celebrate all of their hard work and to bond as a team.