Seymour Swimming is conducting sign-ups from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and May 2 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 it is only partially funded by the Seymour Parks and Recreation Department, there is a fee structure based on the swimmer's ability level. The fee for minnows, the beginning level, is $150 for the summer season, plus a USA Swimming membership fee of $35.
The $185 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 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 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.
Minnows practice from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Practice times will change to 8:15 to 9 a.m. when school is out and also will be moved to Shields Park Pool. The summer season ends in the middle of July.
If you can’t start immediately because of a conflict, starting dates can be worked out with the coaches, and you can sign up now and start later.
The head coach for Seymour Swimming is David Boggs, who has coached champions at the state and national levels and an Olympian. Rob Payne and Dennis Bowers are the assistant coaches.
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