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Welcome to Highlands Swim!


Each season the Highlands Whomping Turtles look to continue our turtle traditions, and make new memories for all of our wonderful families, from the newest 5 and 6 year old Whompers to the most seasoned NVSL veterans. We encourage all Highlands members to participate in Swim Team activities regardless of level of experience. Learn-to-swim with our supportive and fun-loving coaches, develop swimming skills with our organized practices, have a blast with all the team swimmers at Monday night “B meets,” and get crazy to support the “A Meet” competitors at NVSL meets on Saturday mornings. And don’t forget the weekly Pancake Breakfasts after morning practices on Fridays, Bagel Mondays, after-practice Art & Crafts, Friday night pep rallies for the entire family, and all of our other social events for the team!

The Highlands Swim Program is open to swimmers of various skill levels, ages 5-18 who are members of Highlands Swim and Tennis Club. Depending on their swim skill level, swimmers will either join the general swim team or swim team's WHOMPERS Group, which is the club's 8 & under developmental swim team group. Criteria for each swim team group are listed below.

General Swim Team

  • Minimum of 5 years old
  • Able to swim unassisted a recognizable 50-meter freestyle (face in the water, breathing side to side, arms exiting the water)
  • Able to swim unassisted a recognizable backstroke one 25-meter length of the pool without flipping on to their stomach
  • Comfortable in the water, separate easily from their parents, and able to handle a 60-minute practice

Swim Team - WHOMPERS Group

The WHOMPERS Group is the 8 & under developmental group within Swim Team. The WHOMPERS Group practices in our lower pool (which is shallower) and has coaching staff in the water to help our youngest swim team members.

  • Minimum of 5 years old
  • Able to swim unassisted 25-meter freestyle (face in, breathing however they need to, but able to put their face back in the water; arms must exit the water as the face is in the water)
  • Able to comfortably float on their back unassisted for 10 seconds
  • Able to separate from their parent easily and handle being in the water for a 60-minute practice

All 8 & Unders registered for Swim Team will be assessed by the coaches to determine placement in General Swim Team or Swim Team's WHOMPERS group. Assessments will occur in May. WHOMPERS may advance to the General Swim Team Group when they are able to meet the General Swim Team eligibility requirements as outlined above and at the discretion of our coaching staff.

At the 8 & Under assessments, swimmers who do not yet meet the criteria for WHOMPERS will be switched to the Highlands' 5-week Swim School. At the decision of our coaches, swimmers in Swim School who progress to meet the Swim Team WHOMPERS criteria may move up to join WHOMPERS at any point in the season.

WHOMPERS may swim freestyle in Monday night "B" meets, starting with the June 17 Monday meet.



Highlands Swim School

For Highlands members looking for a learn-to-swim program or a pre-team program, the Highlands Swim School is a great option. Swim School is led by the club's Developmental Swim Director, Kelli Morris Larkin, and coached by our own Highlands swim team coaches. We are excited to expand our Swim School program in 2024 to include both a pre-season session in May and an evening option during the regular season (June - July). 

For descriptions of swim school groups, please see the Swim School Tab on the home page: HERE.

Private Swim Lessons

If Swim School is not a good fit for your family, you may consider private swim lessons. For those doing Swim Team or Swim School in July, private swim lessons are also a great option for kids to maintain and further their skills during the month of August. Private Swim Lessons are given by Highlands Swim Coaches. Lessons are scheduled directly with the coach and are 30 minutes in duration. Price per lesson will depend on the level of coach. If your swimmer is interested in Private Swim Lessons (both Swim Team and non-Swim Team lessons), please send an email to [email protected]. Include your swimmer's age, gender, a brief description of this/her swimming level, general or specific skill(s) swimmer would like to focus on during the lesson, a general day/time availability, and the parent's name and contact information. Responses to the private lesson account will be sent after the pool opens in May. 

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