About the Guppy Program
The 2021 Guppy Program practice sessions have been filled. If you have already arranged an evaluation with the Guppy Coach, not to worry: you are on our radar! For all others: private and group swim lessons are available! Lesson times and costs vary among coaches. Swim coach contact information will be posted inside the pool house and on the swim team bulletin board.
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 Mosby Woods swim team!
Qualifications needed: 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.
Evaluations: All new Guppies must demonstrate these skills to swim team coaches before participating in the program. For the 2021 season, the dates for evaluations occurred during the first week of June.
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.
Practice Dates and Times: This year will look slightly different from previous years, as we adjust to provide a safe, fun, and comfortable environment for our youngest swimmers while also meeting Virginia's COVID guidelines.
The Guppy program runs for five weeks, beginning on June 14 and ending on July 23. Guppies will have the opportunity to participate in a Lollipop Meet to finish out the season.
At this time, in order to meet COVID safety regulations and provide quality support for the Guppy swimmers, practices will be held in small groups throughout the morning, Monday - Friday.
What Practice is Like: During practice, our little swimmers will work on introductory stroke mechanics with coaches in freestyle and backstroke.
Lollipop Meet: The Lollipop Meet is an opportunity for our Guppies and new swimmers ages 8 and under 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.
For additional information about the Guppy program, please contact the Guppy Program Coordinator, Eliza Selander, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not Ready for Guppies?
Private Lessons: Private and group lessons will be available this summer, but as we have gotten used to throughout a year of COVID adjustments, that availability is subject to change. Contact information for swim coaches who offer private and group lessons will be posted in the pool house and on the swim team bulletin board. Prices for these lessons vary by instructor, depending on their level of experience.