The Kingsport Aquatic Center is creating their own junior summer league swim team – the Junior Viperfish Swim Club! The Kingsport Aquatic Center has formed a new partnership with the Barracudas Swim Club to host a youth fun swim camp as well as swim and stroke clinics in the fall. Swimmers of all skill levels have the opportunity to participate in the swim camp, join the summer Junior Viperfish Swim Team, and take swim stroke classes in the fall.
“The partnership between the Barracudas Swim Club and the Kingsport Aquatic Center is a win-win as far as I can see,” said Chris Coraggio, head coach of the Barracudas Swim Club. “Through this partnership, the region benefits from the combined resources of two outstanding organizations, both of whom are committed to providing first-class programming for our community.”
The swim camp is June 1 to 3 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Kingsport Aquatic Center. Swimmers ages 6 to 14 will learn swim techniques, water safety, as well as play fun games. The cost of the swim camp is $25 per swimmer. All swimming abilities are welcome!
The Junior Viperfish Summer League Swim Team starts practicing after the swim camp. There are no tryouts – the team welcomes all swimmers ages 6 and up of any ability. The swim team will practice Monday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Swim meets occur on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Participation in meets is optional and most swim meets will take place at the Kingsport Aquatic Center. The cost is $80 per swimmer for Kingsport Aquatic Center or YMCA members and $100 per swimmer for nonmembers. There is a discount for siblings wanting to join.
In the fall, swim stroke clinics will be held as part of the partnership. These classes are not just for the swim team – all swimmer are welcome to participate!
“Our goal is to make the aquatic setting a positive one for all abilities,” said Chassy Smiley, Kingsport Aquatic Center assistant manager. “Swimming is a lifelong activity that can be enjoyed from infancy to senior age and participated in both competitively and recreationally. If we can introduce and promote swimming to those who are hesitant or uncomfortable in the water, we believe our team will encourage them to dive in.”