Orcas Swim Team 

San Juan Island Fitness Swim Team is a developmental, competitive swimming program. Our coaches believe that keeping youth feeling at ease and in control while training translates to being ready learn strokes and eventually compete in swim meets. To accomplish this we incorporate the "5 Circles" teaching method.

We strive to instill in all of our swimmers an individual sense of accomplishment through tracking personal best times, while working together as a team. Our goal is to create an environment where swimming is fun but challenging and where swimmers can become proficient and confident in their abilities to compete. We also instill in all of our swimmers a sense of accomplishment while working together as a team and to let them push themselves to do the best they can.

Swim team families should plan on attending 3-4 meets, some here and some off-island. There will also be a dive clinic in Anacortes, a distance swim challenge fundraiser and end-of-season celebration. The season begins in early November and concludes in February.

The team as a whole is called the "ORCAS" and is divided into three competency levels:

J pod – This group is our beginners. They are typically aged 7 – 11 and are expected to be able to swim one length of the pool on their front or back or a combination of the two.

K pod – These swimmers are at an intermediate level and consist of swimmers aged 8 to 12. They should be able to swim two lengths of the pool Freestyle and two lengths Backstroke and demonstrate an ability to swim a length of the pool Breaststroke.

L pod – This is our advanced group of swimmers and they are aged 10 and up. They can swim three or more lengths of the pool of each Freestyle, Backstroke and Breaststroke and demonstrate the ability to try and swim a length of the pool Butterfly.

*For swimmers to be promoted to the next level they need to show that they can meet the stroke competencies described above as well as the more strenuous workout demands. Ultimately it is the coach’s decision for promotion.

2018 Fall Swimming Events