Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about
our swim team program.
How do I sign my child up for swim team?
You can register your child for lessons by using the
Registration Form on our website. Select the appropriate age group,
fill out the other required information, and click Add to Cart.
Note that you can repeat this process to sign up additional children.
Once you have finished this step, click the View Cart button. You
will be redirected to PayPal and must complete the checkout
procedure using PayPal in order to complete your registration. Once you
complete the checkout procedure, you will be redirected to a page
confirming your registration.
What age group should my child be in?
Competition is based on the grade your child will be entering in the
fall. So children in elementary school in the fall should be signed up
to compete in the Elementary School Age group while those attending
middle school or high school should be registered for the High
School/Middle School team.
We will be gone for part of the summer. Can my child still participate on
Absolutely. Yes. We are a teaching swim team. While the competition
aspect is fun, the focus of our team is on teaching your child how to
swim faster, how to swim all the strokes, and so on. So even if your
summer schedule means that your child cannot attend all of the practices
or meets, he or she can still participate on the Bayside Swimming Team
as your schedule permits. Please note, however, that we cannot pro-rate
Why does my child's practice time alternate?
It can be tough getting up early and getting into a pool first thing in
the morning. To make things fair, we alternate our schedule. So the
Elementary School age team practice starts at 7:15am on Mondays and
Wednesdays and at 8:15am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. And the Middle
School/High School team practices at 8:00am on Mondays and Wednesdays
and at 7:15am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Are there any other fees involved in swim team participation?
All swim team participation fees are paid at the time you register your
child. There are no other fees for participation. You may be responsible
for providing transportation for your child to participate in any swim
meets not held at Bayside Swimming Club. The coaches may make
arrangements for swimmers to purchase shirts, sweats, and other team
logo merchandise. The purchase of these items is entirely voluntary. The
costs for these items is separate from and in addition to any swim team
Is practice cancelled due to rain?
No. Practice takes place rain or shine (this is the Pacific Northwest,
after all). The pool is a very comfortable 86-degrees and the kids
hardly notice the rain. Parents on the pool deck watching their children during
practice are advised to bring umbrellas, however, because there may not be
enough covered areas to accommodate everyone. We'll also try to have hot
beverages available from the vending machine to help parents take the
chill off. The only bad weather that prevents practice is lightning
(which is rare in the Pacific Northwest).
Don't see the answer here?
Contact us via email and we'll do our best to answer specific questions.
Are fees refundable if my plans change?
Swim team participation fees may be refunded, less a $25 registration
processing fee per child, if you contact us and
cancel your registration before the first day of practice. If your plans
after practice has begun (or if your child decides that swim team just
isn't their thing), we may issue a refund (less the $25 fee), up until the end of the first week of practice. After the
end of the first week, however, no refunds will be made. (Note that if you need to
change your plans for valid medical reasons, we will do our best to
your particular situation.)