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Guppy Program

As a bridge program to the Raider swim team, the Guppy Program was started several years ago in order to offer an option for those young swimmers who have moved beyond swim lessons but are not yet ready for the rigors of swim team. We are pleased that 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, demonstrate their ability to jump off the side of the deep end, and be able to swim from one end of the deep end to the other unassisted. Evaluations of each swimmer to assess their readiness for the program will be held at the beginning of the swim team season to ensure that the Guppy Program is the correct level for your swimmer. (A swim team coach will be in the water at all times for safety purposes during evaluations.)

For the 2017 season, evaluations will be held on June 1st and June 2nd at 4:30pm. An evaluation is required before any swimmer can participate in the program so please contact the Guppy Program Coordinator to set up an alternative evaluation time if you cannot make one of these dates which will be arranged only if space is available. Generally, space is not available once Guppy practices have started.

Guppies start practice on June 26th, the first Monday after the FCPS school year ends, and finish on July 21st. Practices will be offered in the morning from 9:00-9:30am, Monday through Friday, and in the evening from 5:30-6:00pm, Tuesday through Thursday provided that swim meets do not require that Guppy practices are canceled. Swimmers can attend either morning practices or evening practices or some combination as your family's schedule demands. No minimum number of practices must be attended but the more practices that your swimmer can make, the more progress he or she will achieve over the summer. 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.

On Sunday morning following the last Guppy practice (Sunday, July 23rd for 2017), our annual Lollipop Meet will be held as 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 25M races in kickboard, freestyle, and either backstroke OR breaststroke. Set your calendars now!

If you need additional information about the Guppy program, please feel free to contact the Guppy Program Coordinator, Eliza Selander at

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

Private Lessons: Several swim coaches and lifeguards also offer private swim lessons.  The head life guard or the Raiders head coach, Aubrey May, are the best sources for available instructors. Prices for these lessons vary by coach, depending on their level of experience.

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