YOUTH SWIMMING

MEET THE SWIMMING DIRECTOR

 

HI, I am Thomas Vazzana, a senior at Albright College in Pennsylvania where I am majoring in business with a concentration in marketing. I am the captain of Albright's Varsity Basketball Team. This will be my second summer officially coaching the BLYC swim team and teaching swimming lessons. I first became involved at BLYC when I was 4 years old as a student in the swimming and sailing programs. I participated until I aged out at 17 and volunteered with the younger swim classes throughout my time on the team. Prior to coaching at BLYC, I was an ocean lifeguard on the Harvey Cedars Beach Patrol for 4 summers.

POLICIES AND EXPECTATIONS

 

  • Please arrive ten minutes prior to lessons. 

  • Attendance will be taken. 

  • Report cards will be distributed every 2 weeks. A final report card will be given for placement for the following summer. 

  • Lesson are held in the rain. We do NOT hold lesson during thunder and/or lightning. 

  • There will be ocean safety lessons. Instructors will escort swimmers to the beach at 75th street for this lesson. Parents will be notified on the schedule. 

  • There will be no swimming lessons on July 4th.

  • Parents are not permitted on the dock during lessons. 

  • BLYC members and instructors are NOT responsible once a child leaves the club property. 

  • If a child chooses NOT to participate in a swimming lesson or meet, BLYC instructors will NOT force him/her to do so. A parent will be contacted to pick up child and BLYC will NOT provide supervision. He/she must leave the club property immediately. 

 

Contact BLYC during the day with questions: 609 494 9868. 

WHAT TO BRING TO CLASS

 

  • Swim suit - there is a new swim suit style for 2019-20. Additional information will be forthcoming. 

  • Towel 

  • Goggles

  • Hair longer than chin length should be pulled back 

All swimmers should be using sunscreen to protect themselves from the sun. 

SWIM INFORMATION FOR PARENTS​

Please be aware of the policies regarding swim lessons and swim team:

  • Please make every attempt to arrive to each lesson/practice on time. Showing up late can create a delay in the class/practice for those who were on time.

  • It is NOT the instructor’s/coach’s responsibility to convince your child to swim or to care for crying children who do not want to participate. The instructor/coach will make an attempt to get every child to participate but will not spend time “negotiating” with a swimmer.

  • NO parents are permitted to watch lessons/practices from the docks. This included during trials for swim team.

  • Children participating on the swim team in the 8 & under and 10 & under age groups must take swim lessons. If a child’s skills are superior, then the swim coach may decide to administer a swim test to determine if the requirement should be waived. The swim test will only be given on the first day at the beginning of session 1 for children enrolled in both Session 1 and 2, or the first day of session 2 for enrollment in only Session 2. This will be done on an individual basis at the sole discretion of the swim coach and/or Youth Program Chair.

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Swim Team Only:

  • Swimmers MUST be able to swim 50 yards, unassisted, to become a member of the swim team.

  • Please notify the coaching staff in advance, if possible, if you will be missing a practice or a meet by calling to club or speaking directly to a coach. We understand that sometimes emergencies pop up and, in that case, please still make every effort to call the club.

  • Female swimmers must either wear a 1-piece bathing suit or a 2-piece racing suit to practice each day. Swimmers wearing 2-piece (non-racing) suits will not be permitted to participate.

  • Parents are asked to sign up as a volunteer for at least one of our meets. ​