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CARA Swim Teams

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Longmont Recreation Services offers CARA Swim Teams for youth ages 6 to 18 years at three different sites throughout the year: Centennial Tsunamis CARA, Longmont Recreation Center Piranhas CARA, and Summer only for the Sunset Pool Swordfish. CARA swimming is a recreational swim team for youths ages 6-18 who are not USS swimmers.

Please register for the age group that your child will be on the first day of practice. Swimmers will compete according to their age on January 1 of the current year.

CARA Pre-Requisite:  Ability to swim one length of pool freestyle with rotary breathing and backstroke without stopping or using assistance. All participants will be evaluated on the first day of practice each season. 

Centennial Pool CARA: The Tsunamis

Longmont Recreation Services' Centennial Pool's CARA swim team, the Tsunamis, is a year-round CARA swim team. Centennial CARA Tsunamis practices are held year-round on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Click here to register.

Longmont Recreation Center CARA: The Piranhas

Recreation Services' Longmont Recreation Center's CARA swim team, the Piranhas, is a year-round CARA swim team. Longmont Recreation Center CARA Piranhas practice on Monday and Wednesday late afternoons. Click here to register.

Sunset Pool CARA: The Swordfish

Longmont Recreation Services' Sunset CARA swim team, the Swordfish, is a summer-only CARA swim team. Sunset CARA Swordfish practice weekday mornings at Sunset Pool. Click here to register.

Related Programs of Interest

Blast Accelerated Swim Lessons

Blast is the City’s own accelerated swim lesson program, designed to get kids ready for swim team. Kids ages 5 & up will develop swimming skills and techniques for the 4 competitive swim strokes: freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke. Newly expanded to four technique based levels that progress swimmers from the basics—getting comfortable in the water, blowing bubbles and floating—to a solid foundation in the 4 competitive swim strokes.

Beginning Blast: Stroke Preparation • 5 years & up • Lessons are 40 min
Pre-requisite:  Must be able to comfortably submerge face & head underwater.  Students will learn basic water skills including rhythmic breathing, floating, gliding, and kicking.

Blast 1: Freestyle • 5 years & up • Lessons are 45 min
Pre-requisites: Front & back float; front and back glide with flutter kick, combined freestyle arms & legs 15 yards.
Students focus on freestyle by developing good body position, stroke, flutter kick and bilateral breathing technique. Students will continue to work on swimming basics, including rhythmic breathing, streamline glides and flutter kick, and begin learning backstroke.

Blast 2: Backstroke • 5 years & up • Lessons are 45 min
Pre-requisites: Front & back streamline glides w/flutter kick 15 yards; swim 25 yds freestyle w/ bilateral breathing and proper kicking.
Students will focus on developing backstroke technique, including body roll, strong, consistent flutter kick, and stroke timing. Continue to refine freestyle, developing catch & body roll, improving timing and bilateral breathing. Breaststroke kick and start dives also introduced in this level.

Blast 3: Butterfly & Breaststroke • 5 years & up • Lessons are 45 min
Pre-requisites: swim 50yards freestyle w/proper technique; 50 yards backstroke; 25 yards breaststroke kick
Students will learn breaststroke and butterfly; focusing on stroke breakdown and timing. Continue refining freestyle & backstroke, improving stroke technique and endurance. Flip turns introduced.

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