The Guppy Program is an option for young swimmers who have moved beyond swim lessons but are not yet ready for the rigors of swim team. Many of our former Guppies have moved on to successfully contribute to the Raiders swim team!
To be eligible for the Guppy Program, swimmers should be between the ages of 5 and 8 years, and they must demonstrate their ability to jump off the side of the deep end and swim unassisted from one side of the deep end to the other, a distance of about 10 meters.
All new Guppies must demonstrate these skills to swim team coaches before participating in the program. For the 2018 season, the dates for evaluations are May 31 or June 1, beginning at 4 p.m. (You do not need to attend both dates.)
When you arrive for your evaluation, look for the Guppy Program Coordinator, Eliza Selander, who will be signing in kids and parents near the round tables between the snack shack and the diving boards. Please email her in advance if possible at email@example.com, so that she knows to look for you too.
For safety purposes, swimmers will be evaluated one at a time, and a swim team coach will be in the water at all times during evaluations.
The Guppy program begins the week of June 18 and ends the week of July 16, culminating in the Lollipop Meet on Sunday, July 22.
The Guppy program runs for five weeks. There are two practice schedule options for Guppies:
Monday-Friday 9:00-9:30 a.m.
Tuesday-Thursday 5:30-6:00 p.m.
During practice, our little swimmers will work on introductory stroke mechanics with Raider coaches in freestyle and backstroke. Some Guppies may even progress enough to participate in a Developmental (Monday night) meet in July, but only at the invitation of Raider coaches.
The date of the annual Lollipop Meet will be Sunday, July 22. The Lollipop Meet is an opportunity for all of our young swimmers, ages 8 and under (including all Guppies), to demonstrate the skills that they have gained over the summer for their family, friends and older swim team members. The meet includes 25-meter races in kickboard, freestyle, and either backstroke OR breaststroke. Mark your calendars now!
For additional information about the Guppy program, please contact the Guppy Program Coordinator, Eliza Selander, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not Ready for Guppies?
NVSwim Kids: If your swimmer is not quite ready for Guppies, our pool management company, NV Pools, will be offering morning swim lessons via its NVSwim Kids Program . They will offer 3 full sessions (2 weeks, 8 classes) and 1 mini session (1 week, 4 classes). Lessons usually run Monday through Thursday, with Fridays reserved for make-up days if cancellation occurs. If you need more information about the NVSwim Kids Program, please visit the NVPools website at www.nvpools.com/pool-management/swim-lesson-program.
Private Lessons: Several swim coaches and lifeguards also offer private swim lessons. The head lifeguard or the Raiders head coach, Danny Brosnan, are the best sources for available instructors. Prices for these lessons vary by coach, depending on their level of experience.