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New Parents

Welcome!  This page is dedicated to parents who are new to the sport of swimming.

Being part of a swim team is an amazing experience for both swimmers and their parents. Your child will learn about dedication, sportsmanship, and teamwork while building friendships in the pool. They'll get an amazing workout too!

We recognize that joining a swim team for the first time can seem a bit overwhelming. Once you build an understanding of the basics, it is actually easy to be a the parent of a swimmer. We hope the information we've compiled below will put your mind at ease and get you excited for your first summer with the Audubon Dolphins swim team. If you still have questions, we are here to help. Feel free to email us at any time and we will be more than happy to answer any of your questions.


Important Information for New Parents

  • Eligibility
    • The Norristown Area Aquatic Club is open to all swimmers from age 5 to 18, from beginners to Jr. Olympic qualifiers. The only requirement to join the team is that your child can swim one lap (25 Yards) of freestyle or backstroke on their own. 
    • If they are not quite able to swim 25 yards on their own yet, no problem. We have a program for them to join the team and continue to learn and grow until they can.  Please note, safety is our top priority, they will not be able to swim in a meet until they can swim a full lap independently.  Ask a club official or coach for more info.
  • Swim Practices
    • The most frequent question that new parents ask about being part of the swim team is "How many practices does my child need to attend each week?".  While this answer varies from team to team, we ask that swimmers do their best to attend at least 2 practices a week. If it is possible for them to attend more than 2, that's even better. The more practices they attend, the stronger and better they will become.
  • Swim Meets
    • Swim meets are typically held on weekends, beginning the 1st or 2nd week of October and go through 1st week of February for the Suburban Aquatic League (SAL) and Mid-March for USA Swimming.  
  • Championship Meets
    • Suburban Aquatic League (SAL) Championship Meets are normally held late January, into early February.   A swimmer must swim a minimum of 40% of their regular season meets to be eligible for a SAL Championship Meet.  Minimum qulaifying times are required by eligible swimmers to attend "A-Champions Meet" 
    • USA Swimming normally holds the Mid-Atlantic regional Jr. Olympics, Silver and Bronze Champs in early to Mid-March. Minimum qualifying times are required for Jr. Olympics and Silver Champs.
  • Parent Volunteering
    • Swim Team does not exist without the kindness and generosity of parents of swimmers volunteering help run meets and the club.  Very often these Jobs are some of the best seats in the house.  Everyone tries to make it fun also.  More information about volunteering is posted on the 'Volunteering' page of the site.
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