Swimming groups sign-ups set

Seymour Swimming will conduct sign-ups from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Seymour High School pool.

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

Since the organization is funded only partially by the Seymour Parks and Recreation Department, there is a fee structure based on ability level. The fee for minnows, the beginning level, is $150 for the summer season, plus a USA Swimming membership fee of $36.

The $186 fee is due at the time of sign-ups. Swimmers need to bring a copy of their birth certificate to verify age, and it will not be returned. Swimmers also will need to wear a swimsuit and bring a towel for ability-level testing.

Seymour Swimming is divided into three ability levels — minnows, dolphins and sharks. Most swimmers start with the minnows. To be in this group, you need to know the basics of 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 to 5:45 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Practice times will change to 8:20 to 8:50 a.m. when school is out and be moved to Shields Park Pool. The summer season ends in the middle of July.

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

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

Information: Dave Boggs at 812-528-2413