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Mini Barracudas: Coach Molly Thompson

The Brandywine Swim Team is not a swim lesson program. Swimmers joining the team can expect to learn to swim more efficiently, build endurance and foster camaraderie with their peers.

The Brandywine Mini's program is intended for children who can swim at least one length of the pool unassisted using any combination of strokes. All swimmers must show that they can safely and with little difficulty make the required distance without using the side or bottom of the pool for assistance.

Once swimmers achieve a legal stroke and are able to swim the length of the pool comfortably, they will be invited and expected to take part in swim meets. This 60-minute practice will provide a training environment for every level of young, competitive swimmer.

Although technical instruction will be given, Minis is not a learn-to-swim program. Fortunately, Brandywine offers a Learn-to-Swim program! The Learn-to-Swim(L2S) program is for aspiring swimmers who will leave their parent willingly, are comfortable in water, follow directions and function well in a group setting. In the L2S program, fundamental swim basics will be taught as swimmers work towards gaining independence in the aquatic environment. Please contact Mollie Hunter( if you are interested in the Learn-to-Swim program. If you are at all unsure which program would best fit your child, please reach out to Mollie to discuss further and/or to set up an evaluation with a Coach.

If your child was part of the Mini's Program last summer, he/she will start the season as a mini or a developmental swimmer.

Because the Mini program is a part of the swim team, parents of these swimmers are reminded and encouraged to volunteer at swim meets.

The Developmental meets on Monday nights require as many volunteers as the Saturday Dual Meets. There are many volunteer jobs that can work if you need to keep an eye on a small child. Additionally, there is always a big pool of teenagers who are happy to be charged with keeping track of your youngster. PLEASE, sign up to assist whenever and wherever you can.

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