The Chicago Blue Dolphins Swim Team is a year-round swimming club designed to help the kids develop great swim strokes, build fitness and racing skills, and become a great teammate and a strong young person.
Our swim team offers a safe, positive and productive environment for kids of all abilities ages 10 and under. Regardless of a swimmer’s current skill level, we encourage our athletes to live and train with vigor.
- How to Swim with Technically Strong Strokes—The most important key to long term success of a swimmer is a foundation of strong stroke mechanics. Our coaches apply our proven teaching system to help our young swimmers build and train efficient mechanics at our swim practices. We limit the size of the training groups to allow our coaches to teach, as well as train, rather than just chaperon a “salmon run.”
- How to Practice with Purpose—There’s nothing more frustrating as a parent (or a swimmer) than seeing a lot of “swimming back and forth” where your child is making the same mistake over and over again. Our practices are designed to push the limits of our swimmers but with the ultimate purpose of training the right strokes and habits for race day.
- How to Build Great Practice Habits and Racing Skills—Swimmers who stay in the sport and succeed in the long term do so because they have great practice habits. We teach our kids how to practice well by understanding the goals of the sets and teaching them to recognize whether they are achieving those goals (e.g., time, stroke counts, tempos, etc.) We also work with the kids to learn racing skills like starts, turns and streamlines, so they nail them on race day.
- How to Be a Great Teammate—The best memories of competitive swimming are usually about the people you meet on the team. While we want to create an environment where each individual child is successful, we also want to teach our kids how to be a positive member of a team and community. We encourage a spirit of shared goals, mutual support and respect. Our swimmers take those lessons from the pool back to school and into the rest of their lives.
Our swim team members can choose to swim with us one, two or three times per week. The schedule is:
Here is the upcoming practice schedule with coaches:
If your child has taken swim lessons elsewhere, s/he should be able to do the following:
- 50 yards of freestyle with the ability to breathe on both sides and basic body rotation.
- 50 yards of backstroke with a straight arm recovery and body roll.
- 25 yards of breaststroke with basic pull-breathe-kick-glide technique.
- 15 yards of butterfly with at least 1 rhythmic breath with arms clearing the water, landing in unison and no flutter kick.
- 30 seconds of treading water so we know your child is comfortable in deep water.
If you feel your child can meet these requirements, call the office at 773-342-7250 and schedule a time to stop by a swim practice. One of our coaches will do a quick assessment with your child.
|Payment Plan||Monthly Cost|
|1 Practice per Week||$50|
|2 Practices per Week||$75|
|3 Practices per Week||$95|
If you select one or two practices per week, you’ll also need to tell us which days of the week that your child will be swimming.
In addition to tuition, there is a $20 annual membership fee to cover insurance and safety costs. If you continue on with us beyond one year (and we hope you do), you’ll be charged the membership fee on each anniversary.