The Mudskipper Program
The Mudskipper program is an opportunity for kids who are not ready for swim competition to develop their swimming skills, and participate in the fun of the neighborhood swim team. The goal of the program is to prepare kids to move up to the competition team by the following season or within the season, if ready. The Mudskipper program also allows us to fuel the future of the Sundance Sailfish team by introducing kids to the sport of swimming in an age-appropriate and comfortable environment.
In order to participate in the Mudskipper program, your child must be potty trained. Additionally, they must have a history of swimming lessons and/or be between the ages of 4 and 6. Most importantly, your child must be willing to attempt forward motion in the water.
We have a comprehensive program that includes goals, lots of supervision, and fun!
New this year, we will offer Mudskipper practice 5 days a week. That means extra lessons, but no increase in price!
We want to assure safety and swimming progress, so practice times will be assigned once evaluations have taken place. Your child will be placed in a class with children of a similar swimming ability, therefore ensuring appropriate instruction. Evaluations of swimming level will be conducted on the first day of practice.
There is supervision, however it is imperative that participants are water safe! The Mudskipper program is not intended to be a substitute for beginning swim lessons; rather, the primary goal of Mudskippers is to get the kids to swim freestyle or backstroke across the pool without help.
We are also asking our Mudskipper-Only families to help cover a few volunteer shifts this year. Mudskipper-Only families will not have to register for shifts at registration; the volunteer coordinators will contact you with areas of need, such as to help at parties or fill in a concessions shift at a home meet.
There will be an end of season Mudskipper swim meet, to allow our youngest swimmers the excitement of participation. This is a low key, no pressure meet where the swimmers have the opportunity to show their parents how much they have learned over the season.
Our first practice will be on Tuesday May 29, and we would please ask ALL Mudskippers to come from 10:15-10:45 a.m. for the whole first week. This first week at practice, you can expect a lot of fun getting to know each other games in and out of the water. We will be evaluating each kiddo one on one with a coach. This process will likely take all 4 practices. From those evaluations, we will place each kiddo in a group perfect for them to learn to love swimming this summer. Please stay tuned next weekend for practice times for the remainder of the season via email. Thank you for allowing us to work with your kids, and we welcome all your feedback!