Why Learn to Swim?
The Piranha Swim Team promotes learning to swim as an introduction to the activity of swimming, but more importantly we believe all children need to learn to be safe in the water.
Water safety for children under 6 years of age
Drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1-5 in many places in the United States. One effort to combat this issue is to spread the need for water safety education. Research shows that children who learn water safety skills also reap benefits in overall cognitive, physical and emotional development and it may also save their lives!
When a child begins swimming on a team, they see benefits of the sport that they never realized before. We want to spread that message and make sure all parents know just how great the sport of swimming can be.
Here is what parents have told us about swimming;
- "Allows kids to see quick improvement, compared to other sports"
- "Builds self-confidence, self-esteem and focus"
- "She learned time-management and organization"
- "Helped my kid learn the value of winning and losing"
Our team has the commitment to offer only the very best within the swimming industry. We formed a team to share what we know to be true – swimming is the “best sport there is” and we want you to get involved. Swim to win, win for life! Engage your child in a life-time sport.
We offer two distincts level for our Pre-Piranha group.
Swimmers will learn basic skills of floating on their back, submerging their head, and coordinating movements in the water. They will become confortable jumping in the pool and will work towards swimming up to 10 yards.
Swimmers will learn basic freestyle and backstroke techniques. They will learn side-breathing before moving to the Novice group. Swimmers will be able to swim 15 yards of freestyle and backstroke before moving to the Novice Piranha.
Don't have time for full commitment to the sport but want your child to keep improving their strokes and endurance? Piranha Fit is the perfect program for you and them! Twice a week, our coach will adapt the workouts to your swimmer's level and make sure they are challenged.
The Piranha Swim Team is centered around four levels: The Novice, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each group represent their own particular level of participation and performance. These groups are for both swimmers who are competing, or would like to compete.
The Novice pillar is generally considered the entry point for swimmers and can be characterized by minimum expectations and participation. The focus is on swimming technique and training habits. This is an instructional level that focuses on the basic fundamentals of all four competitive strokes. Practice for this level is focused on refining techniques of all four strokes with emphasis on kicking, stroke drills, body position, starts and turns. The minimal requirement is to swim one length of the pool unassisted. In order to progress at a satisfying pace, we recommend a minimum of three practices per week.
The Bronze swimmer is expected to have a general mastery of all four swimming strokes as well as understanding practice behaviors like reading the pace clock and interval training. They are committed to attending three practices per week or more and must attend a swim meet monthly.
The Silver swimmer fully understands the basic nuances of training and attends a minimum of 4-5 practices per week and attends all meets assigned to the Silver groups.
The Gold groups are required to have the highest level of performance as determined by the coaching staff. Gold swimmers are expected to attend all practices scheduled by the coaching staff. The coaches will generally outline the minimum level of training skills that need to be mastered to be considered for the Gold group. They are expected to attend all competitions outlined by the coaching staff.
The word Masters was first applied to adults who participated in track and field and was later adopted in organized adult swimming. In swimming, Masters simply means 18 and older. You do not have to compete to train with our masters. When organized adult swimming started to become popular in the 1960s and 70s—the early years of USMS—the intent was that adults would swim to stay in shape. But early organizers knew that some adults would want to compete, so it is offered. About 25 percent of our nearly 60,000 members enter pool or open water competitions. The greater percentage of USMS members do not compete. We accept swimmers of all level. Masters coaches and swimmers don’t care how fast you are. In nearly every program, there are others of similar ability, or those who started where you are and have improved. Don't let your perceived ability, or lack thereof, hold you back. Although it is important to have a physical examination before starting any exercise routine, you don’t need to be in shape to start Masters swimming—Masters swimming will help you get there.