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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.

Upcoming Academy Classes

Registration for each session opens 30 days before the first class


Session 8: June 17 - July 10                                   


Location: Princess Anne YMCA
Time:  6:30 - 7:15pm OR 7:15 - 8:00pm
Tuition:  $128.00 for 8 classes

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

**Due to the July 4 holiday, classes that week will be held on Monday and TUESDAY**

Class Title Start Date Tuition Registration Link
SwimFit: Mon & Wed 6:30 - 7:15pm Mon Jun 17 $128.00 REGISTER
Freestyle & Backstroke: Mon & Wed 7:15 - 8:00pm Mon Jun 17 $128.00 REGISTER
Breaststroke: Mon & Wed 7:15 - 8:00pm Mon Jun 17 $128.00 REGISTER



  • 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.
  • Fees collected at registration include the class tuition plus a $20 USA Swimming Flex membership registration fee.
  • USA Swimming Flex membership registration is an annual fee. For students who enroll in multiple sessions, the $20 Flex membership fee will be refunded at the start of follow on sessions.
  • 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.


  • 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!"