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Youth Programs & Eligibility


Swim Team: Swim team members must be able to swim a 25-meter lap of the pool in BOTH freestyle and backstroke in less than 60 seconds without touching the bottom or lane ropes.

8 & UNDER SWIM EVALUATIONS will be held during the first week of practice. Swim Team starts at age 6. If you have a 5-year-old who you think can pass the test, then please contact us to set up an evaluation.

IT IS MANDATORY THAT SWIMMERS SWIM A LAP OF FREESTYLE AND A LAP OF BACKSTROKE IN UNDER 60 SECONDS PER EVENT IN ORDER TO BE ON THE SWIM TEAM. If the swimmer does not yet qualify for the swim team, he/she/they can take private lessons or join pre-team until he/she/they are able to complete 25 meters in both freestyle and backstroke. Please ask Cailin or one of the assistant coaches to do a re-evaluation if/when you feel your swimmer is ready. The idea is not to stress anyone out! Just to be sure that your child is placed in the correct program. 

Pre-Team: Pre-team swimmers are able to float, get around the pool (i.e. from the diving board to the ladder) and are able to swim some freestyle and/or backstroke but are not strong enough for the swim team. The usual age range is older 5s to 7s and possibly some 8s. This program is for children that cannot yet swim freestyle and/or backstroke a full length of the pool (25 meters without touching the bottom or lane ropes) in less than 60 seconds. The pre-team provides that “critical stepping stone” for children to eventually move onto the swim team by strengthening all their swimming skills. The pre-team is not designed to take the place of swimming lessons. Supplementing the pre-team experience with swimming lessons will more rapidly improve a beginning swimmer’s skills. Pre-Team will practice with the swim team during select swim team times (TBD) with a higher swimmer-to-coach ratio and a more "hands-on teaching" approach. As the pre-team is a part of the swim team, there will only be one season-long session. Swimmers who are meet the eligibility requirements can move up to the swim team during the season. Please talk to the coach if you think your child is ready to try and pass the swim team test. 

Mini Cudas: The mini-cudas are the youngest swimmers, learning to blow bubbles, float, begin stroke technique, etc. The age range for this program is older 3s, 4s and 5s and some 6s.  A parent or caregiver must be on the pool deck at all times during the mini-cuda lessons. Requirements: Children should be comfortable being in the water and being apart from a parent or caregiver. If your child is not comfortable with one or both requirements, then please sign up for private lessons instead.

Dive Team: For children and young adults from 5-18 years old. No prior diving experience necessary. You can participate in both swim and dive programs. You don't have to choose one or the other!

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Carderock Springs Swim and Tennis Club - 8200 Hamilton Spring Court, Bethesda, MD 20817 - 301.365.2292