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Swim Team Groups


The Highlands Swim Team 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 swim team's 8 & under developmental swim group. Criteria for each swim team group are listed below.

General Swim Team

  • Minimum of 5 years old
  • Able to swim unassisted, recognizable 50-meter freestyle (face in the water, breathing side to side, arms exiting the water)
  • Able to swim unassisted, 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 on 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 can look forward to:

  • Swimming freestyle in Monday night "B" meets, starting with the June 17 Monday meet
  • Pre-season practices twice/week (Tuesday and Friday)
  • Two regular season practice options:
    • regular WHOMPERS practice time (10:30am - 11:30am), OR
    • All Ages Early Bird practice (7:45am - 8:30am)



For families looking for a learn-to-swim program or a pre-team program (or for those swimmers who do not yet meet the WHOMPERS criteria), please see our non-Swim Team options for Highlands members. Check-out the Swim School and Private Lessons tabs on the home page.

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