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Practice Schedule


We encourage all swimmers to attend as many practices as possible. Swimmers who attend fewer than three practices per week will find that they have difficulty improving their strokes, speed, and endurance. Swimmers should arrive 10 minutes before practice for stretching and warm-up exercises. 

Please routinely check the practice schedule on this website, and note that there are exceptions for holidays. Our season is divided into two practice sessions: 

  1. Pre-Season: April 22 through May 31. Practices are in the afternoon.
  2. Summer Season: June 3 through July 13. Practices will be held Monday through Friday. Fins and Flippers (11 & ups) will practice in the morning with a make-up/alt time in the evenings. All other groups will practice in the afternoon. New this year we will hold Fun Friday practice for the whole team in the afternoon from 4-7pm. Many of these Friday practices will incorporate a team dinner (some provided, some with a charge and some potluck style).

Early Season (4/22 - 5/31)

5/27 - No Practice

Minnows & Squirts Bottlenose Spinners Fins Flippers
Days Time Days Time Days Time Days Time Days Time
M-F 4:00-4:30pm M-F 4:30-5:15pm M-F 5:15-6:00pm M-F 6:00-7:00pm M-F 6:00-7:00pm

Summer Season (6/5 - 7/15)

7/3 & 7/4 - No Practice

Squirts Bottlenose Spinners Fins Flippers
Days Time Days Time Days Time Days Time Days Time
M-F 4:00-4:30pm M-F 4:30-5:15pm M-F 5:15-6:00pm M-F* 8:15-9:30am M-F* 8:15-9:30am


M-F* 6:00-7:00pm M-F* 6:00-7:00pm

M-F* afternoon practices for the oldest age groups are for make ups for swimmers who can not attend mornings.

Coaches may adjust practice group for individual swimmers as needed.

New Swimmers

New swimmers need to attend a tryout one day:
April 9th and April 11th (4:00pm-4:45pm)

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Practice Groups


Swimmers are placed into groups based on ability and age. Returning Dolphins should attend the group they attended the previous year. Coaches may adjust a swimmer’s practice group up or down one practice group/age group level based upon the swimmer’s abilities and the number of swimmers in each practice group. Swimmer must attend their appropriate practice group. Attendance at a differing practice time requires prior approval from a coach. In addition to our regular swim groups we are bringing back the Minnows this season. If you child tries out for the team and is unable to complete a full lap without stopping at the coaches' discretion they can be placed in the Minnows group. The purpose of this group is to get the swimmer ready to move up to participate with the Squirts by the first dual meet.

Group Age Range Swimming Ability
Minnows 6 & Under Swimmers who cannot make it across the pool at tryouts but seem close enough that with additional help and lessons will be able to meet the requirements of the Squirt group by the first dual meet.
Squirts 6 & Under Swimmers still learning all four strokes, but who can complete a full lap without stopping.
Bottlenose 7 - 8 Swimmers still learning all four strokes, but who can complete a full lap without stopping.
Spinners 9 - 10 Swimmers swim all four strokes legally and are able to swim 5x50 yards on the minute and 30 seconds.
Fins 11 - 12 Swimmers can swim 50 yards of all four strokes legally, and can do flip turns.
Flippers 13 & Up Swimmers working on speed and endurance. They can swim all four strokes and a set of 50 free on the minute or faster.

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(408) 769-2333
3700 Benton St, Santa Clara CA 95051-4508
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