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Swim Team Levels and Try-outs

Grey, White or Blue Level?

Qualifications for all levels:
Age 5-18
Own a pair of fins, goggles and a water bottle (required equipment)
Additional requirements for each level below

Grey level (Emphasis on learning all four strokes and building endurance):
          45 minute practice
Ages 5-8
Can follow directions
Complete 25 yards freestyle (1 length) with knowledge of side breathing
Complete 25 yards backstroke (1 length)
Have endurance to complete a 45 minute practice that consists of multiple 25 yard lengths
Swimmers not ready for the Grey group are encouraged to take lessons with our Swim Academy 

White level (Emphasis on technique and some speed work):
          60 minute practice
Ages 5 - 18
          Complete a legal 50 yard freestyle (2 lengths)
Complete a legal 50 yard backstroke (2 lengths)
Demonstrate rotary breathing while swimming freestyle
   If joining September - December:
Demonstrate breaststroke for 25 yards
Demonstrate basic butterfly (does not have to be legal)
   If joining January - May:
Complete a legal 25 yard breaststroke (1 length)
Complete a legal 25 yard butterfly kick
Have endurance to complete a set of 3 x 50 yards freestyle with 30 seconds rest and maintain the stroke
Swimmers not ready for the White group are encouraged to join our Grey level or take lessons in our Swim Academy 

Blue level (Emphasis on technique and training):
          90 minute practice
Ages 8-18
Complete a legal 200 yard freestyle (8 lengths)
Demonstrate all 4 strokes legally (or very close)

Try-Out Information

If the swimmer is NEW to the Blue Dolphins Swim Team, a try-out is necessary
This try-out form must be filled out prior to attending a try-out.
The try-out determines whether the swimmer is ready for swim team and, if so, which level is appropriate.
A coach will ask the swimmer to demonstrate some of each stroke; the try-out will last about 10 minutes per swimmer.
If the swimmer has taken lessons with BDA recently, a try-out may not be needed.  
    Please email our and ask for the swim team level.
If the swimmer is a RETURNING BDA Swim Team member:
If the swimmer wants to change levels, we encourage a try-out.
If the swimmer's level has not changed, no try-out is necessary.

If you have questions about try-outs or swim team, please email