Competitive swim clubs are a great place for friends, fitness and fun. If your 5-12 year-old can swim at least 25 yards using freestyle (breathing to the side) and backstroke, he or she is ready to enter the fun and exciting world of club swimming. Children 13 and older should be able to swim at least 50 yards of each stroke. Get your child started in the competitive side of the sport by joining one of 2,800 excellent USA Swimming Clubs. To learn more about choosing the right club for your family, click on the club finder on the right to get started now.

If you're not sure if this is the right category for you, take our Swimmer Quiz.

So your child is ready to enter the fun and exciting world of racing!  Their coach will help them get acclimated to the sport, but in the meantime, we're here to help you get started! Get a quick primer on the rules, learn tips about training and communicating with coaches and learn the swimming lingo here!

When getting started at a swim club, different families might have different needs and preferences. When does the team practice? Is it near your home? What is the facility like? Get a list of questions to ask of your child's prospective swim club to help find the right fit for your family.

Get your child involved in swimming, at the learning or competitive level, and help USA Swimming, the Partnership for a Healthier America and First Lady Michelle Obama build a generation of healthier kids. We are proud to team up with Let's Move! a comprehensive initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. Together, we hope to get 1.7M kids involved in Olympic sports and on the way to healthier lifestyles.   

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