Stroke Academy

What is a Stroke Academy?

  • Focused stroke instruction in a non-competitive, small group setting
  • For swimmers age 7 or older (Swimfit minimum age is 11)
  • 5 to 1 swimmer to coach ratio
  • YMCA membership NOT required
  • NO swim meets
  • **NEW REQUIREMENT** All students will be charged an annual $20 fee for a USA Swimming Flex membership

Stroke Academy is a great program for swimmers who want to continue swimming after the completion of swim lessons or their summer or winter recreation league seasons. Stroke Academy provides a positive and fun learning environment for beginner and intermediate level athletes; it is often used as a stepping stone to move onto the TIDE Swimming competitive team. Academy swimmers will gain confidence and develop their skills in the four competitive strokes.

For stroke and skill focused classes, swimmers must be able to swim 50 yards of freestyle and backstroke and have experience swimming breaststroke and butterfly. Technique-based instruction focuses on developing skills and strength in freestyle and backstroke as well as skills in breaststroke and butterfly. Athletes will also be laying the foundation for competitive racing skills such as streamlines, turns, and starts.

SwimFit classes combine aerobic conditioning with stroke instruction. To be eligible, swimmers must be at least 11 years old, know how to perform flip turns, and be able to swim 200 yards without stopping.

At the completion of each session, the staff will make recommendations for each athlete to either continue in Stroke Academy or move onto the competitive team, if desired.

2018 - 2019 School Year Academy Schedule

Registration for each session opens 30 days before the first class

 

Session 1: September 10 - October 4                                       

REGISTRATION OPENS AUGUST 10

Location: Hilltop YMCA
Time:  7:30 - 8:15pm
Tuition:  $128.00 per class

Each class meets twice a week for 4 weeks, for a total of 8 classes

Class Title Start Date Tuition Registration Link
Freestyle & Backstroke  (Mon & Wed) Mon Sept 10 $128.00 REGISTER
SwimFit  (Tues & Thurs) Tues Sept 11 $128.00 REGISTER

 

Session 2: October 15 - November 8                                      

REGISTRATION OPENS SEPTEMBER 15

Location: Hilltop YMCA
Time:  7:30 - 8:15pm
Tuition:  $128.00 per class

Each class meets twice a week for 4 weeks, for a total of 8 classes

Class Title Start Date Tuition Registration Link
Breaststroke  (Mon & Wed)

Mon Oct 15

No class on Oct 31 - makeup will be Mon Nov 12

$128.00 REGISTER
SwimFit  (Tues & Thurs) Tues Oct 16 $128.00 REGISTER

 

Session 3: November 26 - December 13                                      

REGISTRATION OPENS OCTOBER 26

Location: Hilltop YMCA
Time:  7:30 - 8:15pm
Tuition:  $128.00 per class

Each class meets twice a week for 3 weeks, for a total of 6 classes

Class Title Start Date Tuition Registration Link
Starts & Turns  (Mon & Wed) Mon Nov 26 $96.00 REGISTER
SwimFit  (Tues & Thurs) Tues Nov 27 $96.00 REGISTER

 

Session 4: January 14 - February 7                                      

REGISTRATION OPENS DECEMBER 14

Location: Hilltop YMCA
Time:  7:30 - 8:15pm
Tuition:  $128.00 per class

Each class meets twice a week for 4 weeks, for a total of 8 classes

Class Title Start Date Tuition Registration Link
Freestyle & Backstroke  (Mon & Wed) Mon Jan 14 $128.00 REGISTER
SwimFit  (Tues & Thurs) Tues Jan 15 $128.00 REGISTER

 

Session 5: February 18 - March 14                                      

REGISTRATION OPENS JANUARY 18

Location: Hilltop YMCA
Time:  7:30 - 8:15pm
Tuition:  $128.00 per class

Each class meets twice a week for 4 weeks, for a total of 8 classes

Class Title Start Date Tuition Registration Link
Breaststroke  (Mon & Wed) Mon Feb 18 $128.00 REGISTER
Freestyle & Backstroke  (Tues & Thurs) Tues Feb 19 $128.00 REGISTER

 

Session 6: March 25 - April 18                                     

REGISTRATION OPENS FEBRUARY 25

Location: Hilltop YMCA
Time:  7:30 - 8:15pm
Tuition:  $128.00 per class

Each class meets twice a week for 4 weeks, for a total of 8 classes

Class Title Start Date Tuition Registration Link
Beginner & Intermediate Butterfly  (Mon & Wed) Mon Mar 25 $128.00 REGISTER
SwimFit  (Tues & Thurs) Tues Mar 26 $128.00 REGISTER

 

Session 7: April 29 - May 23                                     

REGISTRATION OPENS MARCH 29

Location: Hilltop YMCA
Time:  7:30 - 8:15pm
Tuition:  $128.00 per class

Each class meets twice a week for 4 weeks, for a total of 8 classes

Class Title Start Date Tuition Registration Link
Freestyle & Backstroke  (Mon & Wed) Mon Apr 29 $128.00 REGISTER
Starts, Turns, Breakouts  (Tues & Thurs) Tues Apr 30 $128.00 REGISTER

 

REGISTRATION

  • Click the link indicated for each class and follow the instructions to register online. Payment is due in full upon registration, credit/debit cards only.
  • If the registration screen indicates 0 spots available, you may request to be placed on the waiting list by emailing Coach Sandra at  coachsandra@tideswimming.com
  • Questions pertaining to swimmer eligibility should be directed to Coach Sandra.

POLICIES

  • No prorating of fees for classes missed.
  • Classes canceled by TIDE or the YMCA will be made up.
  • Be certain of your schedule when you register as CLASS FEES ARE NONREFUNDABLE.

Parents Say...

"I just wanted to thank you for allowing my daughter to be a late (waiting list) addition to the Butterfly Stroke Academy that started last night. She came home last night just beaming because she had so much fun (even though she was exhausted)!

As you know, we’ve been doing the Stroke Academy for 2 ½ years, and we continue to love it! She is learning good technique, but more importantly, she is learning to work hard. I love seeing how proud she is after the practice- it is exactly how I want my daughters to feel--- knowing that she worked hard, did her best and had fun!

Thank you again for allowing my young daughter (and her twin siblings through the swim lesson program) to be a part of the program. We truly appreciate all of your hard work!"