Swim Team Returns to Sunshine in November!
Due to the current situation, the Swim Team program has been put on hold. We look forward to holding this program again once we are allowed.
Check out our Swim Lesson page for current program offerings.
Sunshine Swim Center
9360 Elk Grove Florin Road, Suite 4
Elk Grove, CA 95624
Fall/Winter – Starting in November
Considering swim team for your family? Get your feet wet with our hybrid team program. Taking our small group clinics to focus on strengthening technique, adding the commitment of 3-4 days a week of practice during the 4-month season, and throwing in a little friendly competition with inter-squad swim meets.
*Team Tryouts are required for new incoming swim team members. Returning team members will be assessed during current swim classes. Tryouts and assessments can be scheduled by calling in to the Sunshine Swim Center office.
Curious about Sunshine Gator Swim Team? Learn how to join our unique program and how it can benefit your blossoming swimmer.
We will have team coaches on the pool deck to answer any questions you might have.
Before the tryouts please complete the online registration. You do not need to “select class” for this process.
Why should I join a swim team?
What are the Sunshine Gators?
The Sunshine Gators are a recreational swim team that offers their program at the Sunshine Swim Center. The swim team program is for swimmers ages 4-15 and operates year round in three different seasons (August- November, December- March & April-July) . This program is a fun and family friendly introduction to USA swimming. Beginning swimmers will practice a manageable 3-4 days’ week for 25- minutes Monday-Thursday. Intermediate and Advanced swimmers will practice 3 days a week for an hour each day.
What is the commitment and cost?
The Sunshine Gator swim team has a 4-month season.
The cost of the program is $169 per month, per swimmer. The first months fee will be charged at the time of registration, the remaining will be collected monthly, on the first of each month, for the duration of the 4-month program.
*If unable to keep the 4 month commitment, a $100.00 drop-fee will be taken the month you leave the program. 30 days advance notice in writing is required when discontinuing the program.
How do I Join?
Enrollment in the swim team program must be completed in-person or over the phone.
First Time Participants:
New to Sunshine Swim Center programs? The first step is to complete the “online registration” form for your swimmer(s); located at the top of the this page. This step is to input your students information into our system, do not “SELECT CLASS” during this process. Once you click “SUBMIT” you are set to arrange a time for a swim assessment by calling the office. 916-685-7462.
All new swimmers will have a swim assessment at Sunshine Swim Center. Based on ability, swimmers will be put into a small group program (up to 6 swimmers), with other swim team members. Students will be working on mastering the four competitive stroke; Freestyle, Backstroke, Breast stroke, and Butterfly.
Has your child participated in programs at Sunshine Swim Center in the past, if so, you are already in our system. Call the office or stop by to determine if you will need to schedule an assessment, if your swimmers skill level information is current you may not need to arrange a swim assessment. In which case, you will be able to enroll your swimmer in the team program immediately.
Levels and Practice Times?
Once the swim assessment is completed, and the skill level is determined, you are ready to enroll your swimmer(s) in the swim team program. At the front desk, our office staff will be able to assist you in determining the practice time options. These times may vary a bit from month to month as your swimmer progresses.
Sunshine Swim Center Location:
Sunfish, Blowfish and Otter Levels practice 25-minutes, Monday -Thursday at a set time. At the end of each month swimmers are evaluated and assigned to new small groups based on their progress.
Intermediate (Clinic 1) and Advance (Clinic 2) swimmers are assigned to Clinics, this program meets twice a week, each practice is an hour long at a set time.
Clinic 1: Monday/Wednesday from 5:00-6:00pm.
Clinic 2: Tuesday/Thursday from 5:00-6:00pm.
During these practices, clinic swimmers will work to become proficient in all fundamental swimming skills, building endurance and eventually work towards stroke and racing techniques.
Will there be competitions? (Swim Meets)
Yes, the Gators compete monthly in inter-squad competitions. The inter-squad meets will be held at the Sunshine Swim Center.
Parent/Family Volunteers at the Swim Meets:
All swim families are asked to volunteer 2 hours of their time to help with the swim meets over the course of the season. Volunteer sign-ups will be emailed two-weeks before the meet date. Tasks such as timing swimmers, managing the ready bench and organizing the awards are needed to be performed by volunteers. This is a crucial part of the team atmosphere it allows the coaches to focus on the swimmers at an important time of their training, while family volunteer’s help with large scale details.
Does my child already need to know how to swim? Is there an age requirement?
Swimmers must be at least 4 years of age to be eligible to be on the swim team at Sunshine.
Due to social distancing guidelines instructors will be coaching from on the pool deck for all levels.
We have temporarily changed the minimum swimming requirements for the team.
Swimmer Must be able to:
- Kick freestyle kick, with the aide of a kick board, a full 25-yards; no stopping.
- Perform torpedo rolls for one entire length of pool.
- Demonstrate freestyle arms and kick then rolling onto his/her back for a breath for a full lap of the pool.
- Tread water for 30 seconds without submerging face under the water.
After the season, what if my swimmer wants to continue?
We hope to provide all athletes with not only the necessary skills to be part of a USA team such as Elk Grove Aquatics Club (EGAC) but also a love for
swimming. EGAC has qualifying times. Swimmers will be tested at the completion of the swim season. Swimmers whose times qualify can join EGAC during their upcoming season enrollment. If your swimmer is not quite ready for the EGAC program, they can re-enroll in the following Sunshine Gator swim season. The swim team is run in 3 seasons: April-July, August-November, December-March.
All swimmers must become members of USA swimming in order to participate USA meets.
What is Elk Grove Aquatics Club? (EGAC)
Elk Grove Aquatics Club has been providing a positive experience for swimmers of all ages for over 20 years. Their team of well-trained coaches work with the Head Coach to help each swimmer reach his or her full potential. EGAC offers a year-round USA competitive swim team program with in the Sierra Nevada Local Swim Committee (LSC) of USA Swimming. This means that each swimmer and family has access to a wide range of resources from both a local team and a national swimming organization.
What is USA Swimming?
We look forward to seeing you on the pool deck!