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Youth Swimming

Young swimmers can enjoy an array of fun, invigorating Pool activities under the safe supervision of an experienced instructor. Programs are offered for every age and swimming ability.


Safety First

Swimming pools can mean summer fun and cool relief from the hot weather, but they can be extremely dangerous for children if parents and guardians aren't vigilant at all times near the water.

 

5 basic tips for protecting your child:


1. Never leave a child unsupervised near a pool. Young children should never be considered safe in the water alone, despite swimming skills, previous instruction or experience.


2. There is no substitute for in-water adult supervision. Air-filled floating devices will not prevent an unsupervised child from drowning.


3. Remain within an arm's length of young swimmers ages 5 and under at all times.


4. Instruct caregivers about potential hazards to young children in and around swimming pools and reinforce the need for constant supervision.


5. Teach children sound safety habits in and around the water, including no running, diving, jumping, pushing or dunking playmates.


 

Private Lessons

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Registration Policy
For session bookings
- Online registration begins at 10a.m. on registration date of each session.
- Registration forms submitted before the registration date will be processed from 6 p.m. on the date of registration. Telephone registration is not accepted.
- Registration is required for each session. Lessons run through the end date of each session.
- The Pool Office does not automatically transfer bookings from session to session. Re-enrollment is required to be submitted on the designated registration day of each session to continue the lessons.
- Priority will be given according to swimmers' start dates. In the case of the same start date, priority will be given according to the time of registration.
- The Pool Office will schedule lessons as close as possible to requested dates and times.
- Lessons will be confirmed only after the registering members have replied to confirmation letter within the 5 business days of receiving it.
For any drop-in swim lesson bookings
- Members can book drop-in lessons in person up to five days prior to the requested lesson date.


Cancellation Policy
- Swimmers can participate in the first lesson before deciding whether or not to continue. Cancellations must be made by 9 p.m. on the first day of lessons to avoid a penalty fee. Participants who cancel by the deadline will be billed for one lesson and the remainder of the course feel will be refunded.
- Cancellations made after 9 p.m. on the first day of lessons will be charged the full course fee.
- Cancellations due to illness require a doctor's note to receive a class fee refund.
- For drop-in lesson bookings, cancellations received lesson than 24hours before the scheduled lesson time will be charged the full lesson fee. Same-day appointments are subject to the same cancellation penalties.
- All cancellations must be submitted in writing to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Telephone cancellations are not accepted.

Remarks:
- There is no system for makeup lessons. Please inquire at the Pool Office about available spaces.
In the event that the Sky Pool is closed due to unforeseen circumstances, all swim lessons will be canceled.
- The Pool Office will contact students in advance of canceled lessons whenever possible. Please provide your cell phone number on the registration form to make this easier. 

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Parents and Tots (Spring and Fall)

Parents and toddlers can join these interactive sessions of songs, games and drills in the pool. The courses are designed to get children used to the water at a young age in a safe and enjoyable environment.


Parents & Tots A
Age: 618 months
Monday & Wednesday | Tuesday & Thursday
10:00-10:30

Parents & Tots B
Age: 1836 months
Monday & Wednesday | Tuesday & Thursday
10:30-11:00

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Goblins Group Lesson

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Mudsharks Group Lesson

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Mudsharks Swim Team

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To sign up:

1) Click on the swim meet title (not the entries due date).
2) Click on "more details" to access the entry form.
3) Click on the entry form and fill out all necessary fields. Then press submit.
 

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Mudsharks Mini-muddies

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Mudsharks J. J's

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Mudsharks Junior Squad

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Mudsharks Intermediate Squad

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Tiger Sharks Squad

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Swim Team Goals

  • To learn how to swim competitively while developing skills, good sportsmanship and team spirit
  • To improve speed, strength, conditioning and mental preparation in relation to competitive swimming
  • To enrich physical, social and personal development through the values of physical conditioning, positive peer influence, goal-setting, character development and high self-esteem
  • To spend time with positive mentors and role models who serve as coaches and adult volunteers
  • To have fun in a safe environment while learning lessons about oneself and others

Program Emphasizes:

  • Fundamental swimming skills and physical conditioning
  • Team-building and productive work habits
  • Social skills and character growth
  • Enjoyment of the sport and ability to enjoy various water sports
  • Continuous assessment, competition and recording of personal best times to recognize improvements gained through hard work

Swimmer Requirements:

  • All swimmers must wear goggles
  • Females swimmers are required to wear a swimming cap
  • Number of participants in each group is strictly controlled to ensure maximum safety and a proper learning environment
  • Once the available spaces in each group are filled, other registrants will be placed on the waiting list
  • Participation in the program requires children to attend a minimum number of sessions to remain in good standing
  • Participants will be required to follow instructions and conduct themselves responsibly at all times at the Club or while participating in off-site events
  • Swimmers training in the Pool with the Mudsharks should participate in swim meets, for the Mudsharks
  • Failure to abide by these standards may be grounds for removal from the program; registration fees will not be refunded


Mudsharks Swim Kit: Swimsuits, Caps and T-shirt

All swimmers are required to wear the Mudsharks swimsuit and cap during practice. The kit is available for sale at the Pool Office.


Coach Profiles

Simon Hadlow, head coach

Nationality: Australian

Qualifications:  Australian Level One coaching; 18 years' experience in teaching and coaching beginner, junior, intermediate, senior and adult levels;  16 years' swimming experience with Junior Australian Team coach Lester Watkins; competed at Australian State and National level in an age group and as an open swimmer;  Western Australian State Grand Prix Team member; competed in Australian Commonwealth Games Trials and World Championship Trials as an open swimmer.

Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 090-6511-8689

 

Haldane Henry, Mini Muddies and Juniors Instructor and Intermediate Assistant Coach

Nationality: Jamaican

Qualification: Scuba instructor; American Red Cross Instructor lifeguard; Austswim participant; swimming and water safety instructor; swimming instructor at Tokyo American Club since 2005; assistant coach for the Mudsharks Swim Team since 2007

 

Lisa Miyasugi ― Assistant coach
Nationality: Japanese
A former Open Water Swimming champion and a 2008 Beijing Olympics hopeful and 6 years' experience as a swimming coach. Lisa has recently developed special training courses to triathletes to improve their swimming skills.

 

Yumiko Uehara – Assistant Coach

Has been swimming competitively since 1990 and has competed in both regional and national swim events in Japan. Yumiko teaches group programs and private swimming lessons for both adults and children. She has experience and certification for instruction in Australia and Japan.

 

Cancellation Policy

No penalty: Before the program starts or during the first week


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Race Practice Night - Sign Up Procedures

Race Practice Night (RPN): A chance for young swimmers to become familiar with the procedures of a real swim meet without the added pressure of a foreign environment and unknown competitors. Experienced swimmers can use RPN's to gauge how they are progressing with their training, gain personal bests and compare past personal bests with more current performances.

Sign-Up Procedure
• All entries will be processed through our Entry Card System. E-mail entries will not be accepted.
• Race Practice Night (RPN) entry cards are blue. These entry cards are available from the Pool Office or from the coaches. Simply fill in the card and drop it in the entry box on the Pool Office counter.
• It is important that swimmers fill in all required information correctly and attain the correct entry card when signing up for swim meets.
*If swimmers fail to provide the required information prior to the deadline for entries, this may result in their not being able to compete.
• At 8 p.m. on the registration deadline day for each meet, the entry box will be removed and all swimmers will be entered into the meet.
*No more cards will be accepted after this time. The entry box will be returned to the counter when registration begins for the next meet.

Away Swim Meets – Sign-Up Procedure

Away swim meets are mostly held at ASIJ, St. Mary's and on US Military bases. Sign-up procedures are the same for all meets. However, please note that there are additional procedures for meets held on US Military Bases.

Away Swim Meet entry cards are Pink
• Away Meets Entry cards are pink. These entry cards are available from the Pool Office or from the coaches.
• Simply fill in the card and drop it in the entry box on the Pool Office counter.
• It is important that swimmers fill in all required information correctly and attain the correct entry card when signing up for swim meets.
• At 8 p.m. on the registration deadline day for each meet, the entry box will be removed and all swimmers will be entered into the meet.
*No more cards will be accepted after this time. The entry box will be returned to the counter when registration begins for the next meet.

What To Bring to Away Swim Meets
1. Team swimsuit
2. Team t-shirt
3. Swim cap (boys optional)
4. Goggles
5. 2 - 3 Towels (towels are not supplied)
6. A warm jacket to put on between events

Meets on Military Bases
All meets at Yokosuka and Yokota (or other military bases) require that participants have special passes in order to gain access and park on the base. This process takes time and is very strict in regard to correct paperwork and the deadlines for submission.

All visitors entering the base, including swimmers, spectators, parents and grandparents, have to submit the following information to the appropriate staff member prior to the submission deadline or they may not be permitted on base.

1. A copy of each visitor's passport
2. The current home address of each visitor
3. A copy of the Japanese car registration (or shaken), a description of the car and plate number, as well as and a copy of the designated driver's license. (For prior visitors to the base, Simon may have records on file. Check with the staff to verify if this is the case.)
4. If paperwork is missing or late, access to the base may be denied.


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