Does my child need to know how to swim?
In order to participate in the competitive swim team, a swimmer must be able to swim a lap of the pool, unassisted. However, if your child is not ready to swim a lap of the pool by the time meets start, she is welcome to participate in practices only – no experience is necessary and we will teach your child the skills she needs!
Why do we have two different pools?
Traditionally, the Flying Fish have been at Ft. Caroline Club. However, several years ago, because of neighborhood concerns about the parking situation, our meets were moved to Terry Parker, per the City of Jacksonville. Our early season practices are at Parker because there are more lanes, shallower water (better for beginning swimmers), and better parking. We can’t remain at Parker through the entire summer, however, because once the pools open for the summer, they have their own team that practices there.
Where does our money go?
Swimmer fees, concessions and merchandise revenue, and other fund-raising proceeds go towards league registration fees, pool rental, coaches’ salaries, insurance, equipment, supplies & materials, Championship tent rental, and corporation & other fees. We are a non-profit organization and receive no financial assistance from the City of Jacksonville or the River City Swim League.
Where do we get team merchandise?
We sell team t-shirts, caps, hats, etc. at registration events, at the pool the first few weeks of the season, and at the Concession tent at our home meets. Or, you can just ask one of the coaches, and he or she will get you what you need. Team suits are available for purchase from a third-party vendor at registration events and at the pool the first few weeks of practice.
Why aren’t the coaches in the water?
Coaches will always be in the water for younger and more inexperienced swimmers. However, with older and more independent groups, it is more beneficial for coaches to be out of the water than in the water. Behavior management is more effective with an on-deck coach, and the coach can see all the swimmers, not just a select few in his vicinity. It can be a safety concern if a coach has a big group and is NOT watching from the pool deck. Instruction is also more effective from an on-deck coach as all swimmers in his group can see and hear him. We do have periodic stroke clinics where coaches will be in the water for all groups, and we offer private instruction as well.
How will my child find out if he was DQed (disqualified) in a race?
DQs are listed in the results for a meet. Please do NOT ask any of the officials or anyone in the score room during a meet about DQs.Coaches will let swimmers know at the practice following each meet if they were DQed and will discuss the reason for the DQ. Parents may also look up the DQ list in the RESULTS book at the pool (located on the team table near the guard room).
Do you offer private instruction?
Most of our coaching staff is more than willing to teach private lessons for anyone, ages 2 to adult. Just ask, and we’ll find someone that fits your schedule.
Do you have a program for adults?
Any adult is welcome to swim with our Senior groups at practices, as long as space permits. We also offer private and semi-private (2-4 students) lessons for adults.
What is the weather policy?
Practices will be held as scheduled unless: 1) there is lightning within a 10 mile radius; 2) the temperature is below 70 degrees; 3) other various conditions including, but not limited to, smoke, hail, tornado watches/warnings, tropical storms/hurricanes, issues with the pool. Cancellations are at the discretion of the coaching staff. Practice will not be cancelled until 30 minutes prior to a scheduled session. A text message will go out to anyone who has signed up for our free text alert system (click here) to let you know of cancellations. Signs may also be posted at the pool. You can call the Parker pool at 723-6144 or the Ft. Caroline pool at 744-5612.