FAQ's about the Colville Sharks
Do parents need to stay at the pool during practices?
No. In fact, many kids are less distracted if parents aren't there. However, parents are more than welcome to stay and watch from the bleachers outside the pool (no parents on the pool deck, please.) If your swimmer is very young, it might be a good idea to watch one or two practices to see how it goes.
Can adults join swim team?
Of course! In fact, the registration form allows for anyone born after 1911. The Colville Sharks often have adults on the team, and several adults from the around our swim region compete at meets. It's a great way to stay in shape!
How old do you have to be? Do you have to know how to swim?
The youngest kids tend to be 4 or 5 years old. A registrant needs to be water ready but does not have to know how to swim. However, s/he must be able to, and want to, get into the pool unassisted, be able to move away from the wall a short distance and to return safely. He/she must be able to follow the instructions of the coach.
What happens if the weather is bad?
Swimming lessons happen even if it's raining (no one cares about getting wet!), and in fact cooler air temperatures often make the pool feel warmer. If the weather turns very, very cold, novices may be excused from the practice (this is pretty rare). If there is thunder and lightning, all swimmers get out of the pool, and dry-land practices (exercises) will continue inside the locker rooms. Swimmers are not allowed back in the pool until there has been no sound of thunder for 30 minutes.