Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When it rains, do we still have practice? A: Yes, we still hold practice in the rain. The kids are going to get wet anyway! The only thing that will stop a practice is lightning.
Q: Do I need to attend all practice session: A: No. We have practice available M-F or M-Th and you can attend as many practices as you want (swimmers limited to one practice session per day) There is no penalty for missing practice (except you don't get any better!)
Q: My swimmer is not a great swimmer, but she can swim, can she be on the team? A: Yes, as long as the swimmer can swim unassisted, she can be on the team. We will provide instruction for the strokes (like butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke.) However, Tidal Waves is not a learn to swim program. Swimmers should already be able to swim to participate on the team.
Q: When is registration? A: Registration is usually around the third week of March. An email will be sent to all addresses on file with the exact dates and times. This website will also be updated when the date is set. No registrations will be accepted after May 15th.
Q: How much does it cost? A: The regular season registration fee is $180. Off season registration is about $80.
Q: What does registration include? A: Registration is a one-time cost for the whole season. For the summer, we have practices 4-5 days per week for the whole season. You can come to as many practices as you want.We will have 6-8 swim meets and one practice meet (about 1 per week starting around the second week of May) All swimmers who particpate in at least half the meets will get a trophy at the end of the season.
Q: What should I bring to practice. A: A swim suit. Goggles and towels are optional, but recommended.
Q: Do I really have to volunteer? A: Yes! We need about 40 people to run a swim meet. People are needed to: set up, time, keep score, stage, announce, clean up, and other things. We require volunteers so that swim meets can be run smoothly and efficiently. If you have questions about voluntering, just talk to our volunteer coordinator.
Q: What time will practice be? A: For the summer we have practice sessions from 5:00-6:00 pm and 6:00-7:00 pm. For the off season, practice will be 3 days a week. Practice times vary in the off season.
Q: What are the trophy time standards? A: The trophy time standards are a goal that the swimmers can strive for. If they are able to get a "B" time or "A" time, they get a slightly larger trophy at the end of the season. For each level up, a larger trophy is received. This intended as a tool to help motivate the swimmer to improve; instead of just worrying about what place they get in a race.