Frequently Asked Questions
The Plantation Club Porpoises offer recreational, competitive swimming for swimmers ages 6 to 18 with individual events in four strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly), individual medley (all four strokes in one event), medley relay, and freestyle relay. There are six age groups: 6 & under, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-18. Besides offering swimmers the opportunity to develop their skills in competition, the Plantation Club Porpoises swim team provides a great way for kids to make friends and build self confidence!
General Swim Team Questions
1. What is the swim team and why would I want my child to participate? It's fun. It's great exercise. It builds confidence. It's a great way for your child to meet other kids in the neighborhood. It's a great way for you to meet other parents.
2. Who can answer my questions about the swim team? Hopefully, most questions are answered in this FAQ, but if not you can use the Contact Us form or contact any Board Member to ask any additional questions.
3. When does registration open for swim team? Registration for 2019 will open on March 1 and close on April 7.
4. What are the registration fees? See the website for fees, under Team > Fees.
5. When does the season start? The swim season (including practices) runs April 29 – July 13. See the website calendar for more details.
6. What strokes do the swimmers use in competition? Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.
7. What swimming strokes does my child need to know to join the team? Your child does not need to know any strokes to join the swim team. They do however, need to be able to swim the length of the lap pool (25 yards), without assistance. Swimmers new to the team (any age) are required to attend the swimming evaluation.
8. What is SJSSL? SJSSL is the St. Johns Summer Swim League. This is the league that Plantation Club Porpoises participates in. Their website is http://sjssl.swim-league.us/.
Swim Team Practices
9. How often and when is practice? The practice schedule is available on the website.
10. What happens if we have a conflict and my child is not able to attend practice? Practices are offered 3-5 times a week. It is at your discretion how many practices your child attends. You will see the most progress if you child attends 3 or more days.
11. Does a child have to swim in a particular number of practices during the week in order to swim in a meet? We encourage all children to swim in three practices to be eligible to participate in the swim meet that week.
12. Does my child need to wear the team swim suit during practice? During a meet? What brand, and where do I buy it?
No special swim suits are needed during practice, except that girls must wear a one piece swimsuit. Boys are encouraged to wear jammers. There is a team suit, but swimmers are not required to wear or purchase it.
13. When are the meets, and where are they held? The meets are on Saturday mornings - the schedule is posted on our website - look in the Calendar tab. We have home meets at the Aquatic Center and away meets throughout St. John's County.
14. How long does a meet last? Meets usually last about 3-4 hours. They usually start around 7am with Warm-ups then the first event is at 8:00AM.
15. Do swimmers have to attend every swim meet/practice? We know things come up, so we try to make swim team as flexible as you need it to be. Attending all meets and practices is beneficial, but please do not rearrange schedules or move vacation plans. Summer swim team should be a fun, supplemental summer activity, not a burden for your family.
16. What is a dual meet? And tri-meet? A dual meet is held between two swim teams and tri-meet is held between three swim teams. One swim club is the host team and the other(s) is the visiting team. The schedule is posted on the website under Swim Meets. There is a championship meet in July.
17. Are there any parent volunteer requirements? Yes, each swim family must meet their volunteer commitment as agreed at registration. The swim meets are entirely volunteer run.
18. How can I check if I have RSVPd for an event? Read here for detailed instructions: https://pcporpoises.swimtopia.com/how-to-sign-up-for-a-swim-meet
19. How can I check if I am volunteering for an event? Go to Swim Meets on our website. Select Job Signup for the meet that you are interested. We ask though that you find a replacement and advise us of this change should you need to cancel.
20. How can I help the team? It's an all-volunteer effort, and there is always something more that can be done. Consider becoming a Starter or Stroke and Turn official. The officiating is all volunteer, and it always helps to have more people trained to step in when others have scheduling conflicts for a meet. You may also enjoy the meet more when you know the rules well, in addition to being able to help in your child's swimming development. Some positions such as Timers and Stroke & Turn Officials have a front row seat to the swimming events and will have an unlimited supply of cold water brought to them throughout the meet.
It takes approximately 50-60 volunteers to run a home meet:
- Starter (league training required – once a season)
- Stroke & Turn Officials (league training required – once a season)
- Head Timer
- Set Up/ Breakdown Computer Data Entry Runners
- Heat Ribbon
- Ready Bench
21. What are those swimmers writing on their arms?
In order for everyone to remember, swimmers should write their events on their arms or legs, etc. Here is the way that most swimmers do it:
E = Event #, H= Heat # and L = Lane assigned
the rest is the length of the event (yards) and the stroke.
FR = Freestyle, BK=Backstroke, FL/FLY= Butterfly and BR=Breaststroke.
22. How do I know what volunteer jobs I signed up for?
Log into the website, then click on My Account under your name (upper right side of the website):