Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the cost to join the swim team?

Premium membership for 2021-2022: $314 per swimmer with a discounted fee of $289 for any additional swimmers in the same family.

Flex Membership (pre-competitive team – shortened season): $100 per swimmer.

Swimmers who are also members of the Norfolk High School swim team can join the Aquajet Swim Team by paying $249.00.

Seasonal Membership (April through July only): $187 per swimmer

Q: How old does a child need to be to join the swim team?

A: A child needs to be at least 6 years old and able to meet the eligibility requirements to join the swim team.

Q: Does the team offer tryouts to join the team?

A: Prospective swimmers are allowed to participate in 4 practice sessions (2 for pre-competitive swimmers) free of charge.  Coaches will evaluate any prospective swimmers to see if they meet the eligibility requirements.  Please contact a Kent Olberding, Aquajet registrar prior to attending practice on a trial basis – availability of these sessions may be limited at times.

Q: When is the best time to talk to a Coach about my swimmer?

A: The best time to visit with any Coach would be before or after practice.  Parents are not allowed to be on deck during practice.

Q: How long does the swim year last?

A:  The swim team starts practice the first week of September and they swim through the middle of March the next year. The team will not swim the second half of March and all of April. Practice will resume the first week of May and continue through the end of July.  It is essentially 10 months of swimming.

The September through March season is called Short Course.  In the competitive swim world, this means swimming in a 25 yard or 25 meter pool indoors. The May through July season is called Long Course.  This means swimming is done in a 50 meter pool outdoors.

Q: How often are swimmers expected to be at Practice?

A:  Practice leads to  improvement. We encourage swimmers to attend as many practices as possible.  Flex-membership swimmers are encouraged to attend no more than 2 practice sessions a week. Coaches understand that school activities, family vacations and other events may prevent swimmers from attending practice. There is no penalty for not attending practice.

Q: How long is my swim team membership good for?

A: When you register as a Premium Member  your membership is valid through the end of July. Flex-Memberships are valid in the months of September through mid-November.

Q: Do I have to purchase a team swimsuit?

A: It does give the swimmers the sense of “team” by having a team suit, but we do not require the purchase of a team suit.

Q: What do I need to purchase for my swimmer?

A:  swim caps  – There are two types of swim caps available:  silicone and latex.  The silicone caps are the better of the two options, as they tend to tear less, and are more comfortable.  Each new swimmer will be given a latex Aquajet team cap, and additional team caps can be purchased from Kent Olberding or Beth Kahny.  Typically these team caps are only worn for meets.  It is advisable to have an extra team cap in your swimmer’s bag as they tend to tear at the most inopportune times.  You will also want to purchase a couple of extra caps for practice.

swim suits:  We are in the process of setting up an account with an online company in which everyone can purchase a team suit.  We will have this info soon.  Normally, the team suits are only worn during swim meets, not practice.  You will want to purchase a couple of practice suits for your child.   You may hear of suits being labeled “speed suits” or “compression suits”.   These can be expensive, and there are rules regarding usage of these suits for younger swimmers.  Please speak with a coach before purchasing one.

goggles:  It’s advisable to have a couple of pairs of good goggles for your child.  Like swim caps, they can break at the worst possible time.  Also mark your child’s goggles with a name as they tend to be left behind or lost quite easily.

kickboards and fins:  The swimmers will often use these items during practice.  The club does have a limited supply of these items for the swimmers to use, however, with Covid, we recommend that the swimmers purchase their own, so as to decrease the community used items, and so they can be used each practice.  Links to online stores with these items can be found on the team website

Q:  What are drylands?

A:  Dryland is out-of-the-pool stretching and conditioning that relates to swimming.

Q: How often are swim meets held during the year?

A: Swim meets are held almost every weekend somewhere.  Our team will set up a meet schedule that will be posted to our team website.  Typically our meet schedule will have one or two meets per month. Swimmers and parents can review the list and opt to attend any or all meets on the list.

Q: How many swim meets is my child supposed to attend?

A:  Attending swim meets is strongly encouraged, but not mandatory.  Swim meets are a very important part of the program and not attending will limit your swimmer’s experience.  Swimmers and parents should review the team’s meet schedule and plan accordingly.  The coach can also advise you as to whether or not your swimmer is ready to participate in a competitive environment.

Q: Are there additional Fees to attend swim meets?

A: Yes. Fee are associated with some swim meets.  Each meet is a little different and so it is important  when you are thinking about attending a meet, you read the meet flyer. Fees will be  published in that flyer  for that meet. Fees are payable at the time of meet registration and are non-refundable.  Typically, YMCA meets will have no fees, while all other meets will.

Q:  How long does a swim meet last?

A:  The length of a swim meet is almost always directly related to how many events are being offered and how many swimmers are attending.  An average time for a non-championship type swim meet would be three to four hours.

Q: How do I sign up for a swim meet?

A: Registration for meets will occur through the Swim Portal.

Q: Who picks the events for my swimmer for a swim meet?

A: For some meets, the parents and swimmers are allowed to choose the events.  The coach may talk with individual swimmers about events, but the coach has the final say and will ultimately decide which events the swimmer should swim.  The coaches will determine all relay participants.

Q: How do I find out my swimmer’s results after a swim meet?

A: There are many downloadable apps including Meet Mobile and USA Swimming’s Deck Pass that can carry live swim meet results.  In addition, results are posted during most all swim meets.  Times can also be found using the USA Swimming website’s “Time Search” function.

Q:  What should I bring to a swim meet?

A:  Each swimmer should have: a suit;  two towels (one for the meet and one for after the meet when they want to shower); a set of goggles (possibly a spare pair also); an Aquajet swim cap; clothing that is easy to get on and off for that time between events; healthy snacks like fruit, pretzels, crackers, bagels, peanuts, fruit snacks; shampoo and conditioner and brush for after the meet.

Q:  Do I need to help at swim meets:

A:  The sport of swimming depends on many volunteers.  Without the help and cooperation of parents and others there would be no competitive swimming.  Each family will be required to help in some way at all home meets.  We will need help with providing timers, set-up and clean up, and people to run the concession stand.  We will need volunteers to be officials.  When we travel to away meets, they will ask for volunteer assistance in providing some of these same positions.  It benefits everyone when we have people ready to step up and help.

Q:  Who do I contact if I have a concern about the program?

A: Talk to the coach before or after practice about any concerns you may have.  You may also contact the Aquajet’s Safe Sport Coordinator, Kent Olberding of any concerns regarding behavior.  The Aquajet Swim Team also has a Board of Directors made up of parent volunteers.  You may contact any of them with concerns.  Contact information for the Coach and Board of Directors can be found in the Parent Handbook and in the About Us section of this website.

Q:  What are the benefits of a USA Swimming membership?

A:  The greatest benefit is that it provides the opportunity for your child to participate in more swim meets and have more opportunities to improve especially in the summer.  It also provides catastrophic insurance at practices and sanctioned USA Swimming meets.  Swimmers also receive newsletters and other information from USA Swimming.  As members of USA Swimming they are teammates with swimmers like Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, and Missy Franklin!