Tuckahoe Winter Swim Program

Tuckahoe offers a youth Winter Swim Program for our youth members to focus on individual skill development and refinement. Winter Swim is an excellent option for staying in the water to improve stroke fundamentals between summer seasons. Our Winter Swim Program is targeted towards returning and aspiring Little Tigers (Intermediate) and Swim Team (Advanced) members.

We will have two sessions: September – January, and January – May, offering 1-hour practices on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

Winter Swim follows the Aquatics Program Swim Progression to ensure each athlete moves at their own pace and no steps are skipped in building their foundational abilities to swim all four strokes properly. Athletes should be registered in skill-appropriate practices. Our goal is to help athletes see and feel real progress in their swimming, moving them towards learning new skills and taking on bigger challenges! If you are unsure which practice to register for, please reach out to Aquatics@tuckahoe.net for help.

All participants are expected to wear proper swim training attire, including goggles (no mask – must be able to exhale through the nose) and a cap for long hair. No swim trunks, wet shirts/suits, bikinis – if uncertain ask your athlete’s coach.

Equipment: If you have fins and a snorkel, please bring them to every practice. This is not required, but will often be used.

We will follow all mandated Covid-19 protocols to ensure the health and safety of our swimmers and coaches. If limits to the number of swimmers permitted are reinstated, we will adjust our program and procedures at that time – this may mean reducing practice times or creating a rotation system.

Winter Swim Progression – **Please Use for Registration Purposes**

Level I  (Intermediate – Little Tigers): Ages 5-8

Register your athlete for Level I if they have completed group lessons, are already on Little Tigers, or hoping to join Little Tigers next summer and meet the following requirements

  • Requirement: Able to swim ~10 yards unassisted
  • Goal: Ability to swim freestyle/backstroke across the pool without stopping
  • Focus: Introduce propulsion with arms and legs for Freestyle and Backstroke
  • Improve body position, floating, treading, as well as submergence/re-emergence abilities (jumping/diving)
  • Introduce proper training etiquette and use of equipment (training suits/caps/goggles/kickboard/pull buoy/etc)

Level II (Advanced – Swim Team 8-Unders): Ages 5-8

Register your athlete for Level II if they swam in Winter Swim, or plan to be Swim Team 8-Unders on 6/1/2022 and meet the following requirements

  • Requirement: Ability to swim freestyle and backstroke across the pool and back unassisted, without stopping
  • Goal: Ability to swim 25 yards of Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly
  • Focus: Refine rotational stroke mechanics for long-axis strokes (free/back)
  • Introduce and improve race strategy including racing starts, underwater kicking, and finishes
  • Introduce short axis stroke mechanics (Breaststroke/Butterfly)
  • Solidify training etiquette including use of pace clock and equipment
  • Build strength and endurance

Level III (Advanced – Swim Team 9-10s): Ages 9-10

Register your athlete for Level III if they are already on Swim Team, or plan to be 9-10s on 6/1/2022

  • Requirement: Ability to swim freestyle and backstroke across the pool and back unassisted, without stopping
  • Goal: Proficiently swim all four competitive strokes legally
  • Focus: Introduce and improve advanced technical components for each stroke
  • Improve breathe control, underwater kick, and race details (starts, turns, finishes)
  • Build strength and endurance

11+ Sprint Workout

Register your athlete for the 11+ sprint workout if they will be 11 -18 years old on 6/1/2022

  • Returning or interested Swim Team members improving their cardio and aerobic base through workouts targeted towards summer swimming (sprinting)
  • Improve stroke mechanics and race details

For all questions about placement please contact aquatics@tuckahoe.net

Registration Information:

2021-22 Tuckahoe Winter Swim

Session II:  1/23/2022 – 5/08/2022

We will not have practice on the following dates

  • Fairfax County Spring Break – April 3, April 5, April 7
  • Easter 4/17

Registration Fees:

1 Night: $250

 2 Nights of Practice: $470

Registration Opening Dates:

Level III and 11+ Sprint: 11/16/2021 – 630pm

Level II: 11/17/2021 – 630pm

Level I: 11/18/2021 630pm

*Note: If you register your child for a practice that they are not suited for as determined by the Aquatics Director, your child will be removed and you will be asked to register again. If you are unsure which practice to register for, please email Aquatics@Tuckahoe.net in advance!


4 pm: Level I + Level II

5 pm: Level III

6 pm: 11+ Sprint


6 pm: Level I

7 pm: Level II


6 pm: Level III

7 pm: 11+ Sprint

Note*: No refunds will be given after the 2nd week of practice. If we have to cancel practice due to the club being closed we will refund pro-rata at the end of the session.