Seymour swimming signing up athletes

Seymour Swimming is a competitive swimming organization, used as a beginning program for higher level groups such as the middle school and high school teams.

The head coach for Seymour Swimming is David Boggs. Boggs has coached champions at the state and national levels, 13 high school All-Americans, as well as an Olympian.

Dennis Bowers, 1999 Seymour graduate and two-time high school All-American swimmer is the assistant coach.

The program is divided into three ability levels: minnows, dolphins, and sharks. Most swimmers start with the minnows, the beginning level.

You need to know the basics to be in this group, freestyle and backstroke, be able to stand up in 3½ feet of water and not be afraid to put your face in the water.

Minnows will be taught the correct technique in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.

This group practices from  5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Practice times will change to 8:20 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. Monday to Friday when school is out, and practices will be conducting at the Shields Park Pool.

The summer season ends the middle of July.

Seymour Swimming is a not-for-profit organization, partially funded by the Park and Recreation Department. Since the organization is only funded partially by the city, there’s a fee structure based on your ability level.

The fee for minnows, the beginning level, is $150 for the summer season plus a USA swimming membership fee of $36.

Sign-ups are April 27, 28, and 30 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Seymour High School pool (enter door 17).

The $185 fee is due at the time of sign-ups.

You will need to bring a copy of the swimmer’s birth certificate to verify their age, which will not be returned.

Swimmers also will need to wear a suit and bring a towel for ability level testing.

For information, call Dave Boggs at 812-528-2413.

Even if you can’t start immediately because of a conflict, starting dates can be worked out with the coaches. Sign up now and start later.

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Jordan Morey is sports editor at The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at jmorey@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.