What are the benefits of swimming?
Swimming is a wholesome, positive activity because no matter where you are in the swimming progression, the sport encompasses the fundamental elements that both parents and kids love. We believe that the core benefits of swimming include:
What equipment will I need?(2021 prices subject to change)
Shopping online at the Swim
Outlet has the best prices and selection. ARSC has an affiliate account with them so please use the links or banners from our website to access
their site. We also have our official team store where you can buy custom gear.
What is the practice schedule?
The swim season starts at the beginning of September and runs through the middle of August. Since the season is virtually year-round, practices are held Monday through Friday, from 6 pm to 8 pm. Practices are not held when schools are closed for the holidays but are still held during summer break. Unless there's a threat of lightning, practices are also held in the rain.
Is the pool crowded?
Absolutely not. We maintain some of the best swimmer to coach ratios in the area and it's one of the best features of our club. You will not be just a random swimmer that gets lost in the crowd because there is no crowd to be lost in. Our coaches and board members care deeply about every swimmer and ensuring there is a healthy balance for every swimmer to get the attention they need.
Is the pool outdoor and is it heated for the winter months?
Yes, as with most pools in Southern California, the pool is outdoor and is heated at about 78 degrees throughout the year. Winter swim meets do tend to be held at indoor venues.
What is the difference between each level?
Junior Riptides is geared towards the beginner or casual swimmer. Swimmers in the group are beginners who can swim the four competitive strokes and able to swim one lap without stopping. It is a great way for beginners to build a foundation and master all four swim strokes.
Bronze is geared towards novice swimmers who know the four stokes. This is where swimmers are introduced to practice drills and learn basic stroke technique. They also work on their strength, speed and endurance training.
Silver is geared towards intermediate swimmers. Within Silver, they are divided up by age group, young and old. The drills are more intense and the focus is on further improving technique.
Gold is geared towards advanced swimmers. Within Gold, they are divided up by age group, young and old. The drills are geared towards competing at the highest levels and technique is fine-tuned.
Platinum is geared towards junior olympic swimmers. Within Platinum, they are divided up by age group, young and old. The drills are geared towards competing at the junior olympic level and beyond.
How does a swimmer graduate from each level?
The coaches determine when a swimmer is ready to progress to the next stage and will make adjustments as necessary. Our goal is to help every swimmer reach their maximum potential.
Are swimmers required to compete at the monthly swim meets?
Swim meets are optional but strongly encouraged. Meet participation are also great family experiences. Competing at swim meets is a natural progression as each swimmer improves. It is a way to benchmark official times and set goals to improve upon those times. It is also a great way to build team camaraderie and sportsmanship. You will never know if you are the next olympic medalist unless you compete against others.
How do I join the team? Are there tryouts?
Yes, tryouts are available by appointment only. For the developmental program, swimmers must be at least 5 years old and will demonstrate one stroke. For the competitive program, swimmers must be at least 6 years old and will demonstrate the four competitive strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. To schedule an appointment for a tryout, please submit the contact form and we will follow up with you.
If you would like to be put on a wait list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.