Give your child the opportunity to take their swimming skills to the next level by joining the new STC Crosstown Swim Team.
The newly combined St. Charles Park District’s competitive swim team offers flexible practices where families can choose what time and location their child attends. You choose morning or evening practices at Otter Cove or Swanson Pool. In year’s past, both pools had their own swim teams.
“Combining our two teams into one promotes a unified aquatics opportunity and brings together a team camaraderie within the park district,” said Rosie Edwards, recreation supervisor.
The swim team is for all skill levels, even those new to competitive swimming. Weekly swim meets will be held on Thursdays and all participants will receive a swim cap and T-shirt.
The following are minimum requirements for swim team:
Ages 5-8 must swim 25 yards freestyle with face in the water using rotary breathing, 25 yards backstroke and have a concept of breaststroke.
Ages 9-10 must swim continuously for 50 yards freestyle with rotary breathing, 50 yards backstroke and have a concept of breaststroke and butterfly.
Ages 11-16 must swim continuously for 200 yards freestyle with rotary breathing, 200 yards backstroke and 50 yards breaststroke and butterfly.
Besides the physical benefits of swimming such as promoting cardiovascular health, strength and flexibility, increasing stamina and improving balance and posture, swimming encourages sportsmanship, social activity and water safety.
“Like many team sports, swimming offers the opportunity to interact and form relationships with kids your own age and in other age groups,” Edwards said.
“Swim team is unique because even though it’s a team sport, swimmers are also competing individually, but that’s where the relationships, the camaraderie and sportsmanship come in, as they encourage each other to do their best,” she added.
Families who have purchased a Crosstown Aquatics All-Access pass will receive a 25 percent discount when enrolling their children in the new Crosstown Swim Team.
For swim team members, or children who are interested in perfecting their stroke skills but not yet ready for swim team, Stroke Clinics are an additional way to gain more practice. Children ages 5 and older will practice different stroke techniques, stroke refinement and drill progressions. To enroll, children must be able to perform breaststroke, backstroke, freestyle, and be comfortable swimming in deep water.
While the Crosstown Swim Team, Stroke Clinic, as well as group swim lessons require a fee to enroll, there are ways for all children to participate, regardless of their family’s budget. Residents can donate through the Sharing the Wave program, which provides swim lessons for families who qualify through the St. Charles Park Foundation’s Financial Aid Program. Donations can be made online at registration and at both park district pools.
Please note, all programming may be impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, so please check for updates at www.stcparks.org.