Ocala Aquatics
3001 SW College Rd
Ocala, FL 34474
Tel (352) 873-5811



Practice Schedules

The Marlins Swim Club is a professionally coached organization whose first commitment is to the development of the swimmers in the program. We have strived to develop a program that meets the needs and desires of any athlete from brand new novices of any age to regional and national qualifiers. The Marlins participate in USA Swimming on the local, regional, state and national levels as a year round team.

M&M Group: Ages 4-7 - This program is our beginner group for children. Prerequisite - Freestyle with correct breathing and the ability to swim on their back. This is an entry level program for children to experience the competitive sport of swimming. The purpose is to transition children from a lesson environment to a coach/swim team environment. We look for skills both face-down and on their back. The primary goal is to develop kicking, breathing, and basic developmental skills, in all 4 strokes, with an emphasis on "FUN". The group meets 2 times per week, for 30 minutes. There is no minimum attendance requirement.

Gold Group: This group is for novice swimmers new to competitive swimming who can swim 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke, for less experienced returning team members, and for all swimmers ages 10 and under. Emphasis at this level is on having fun while learning the 4 competitive strokes (Free, Back, Breast, Fly). The primary age group is 7 through 10. Three practices offered a week. There is no minimum attendance requirement.

Age Group 1: This group is made up of athletes who are at least 8 years old and have demonstrated basic knowledge of all four competitive strokes by swimming a legal 100 yard IM. These swimmers also have a beginning knowledge of all starts and turns. The goals of this group are to improve stroke and racing skills, and to develop better swim conditioning. The primary age group is 8-11.

In order to show continued improvement and progress towards the next practice group (AG2), swimmers should attend 3-4 practices offered per week and attend at least 1 swim meet per month (including Fridays). Swimmers must also be able to do 10 x 100 on 1:40, a 500 Free under 7:30, legal 200 IM and mastered Starts and Turns.

Age Group 2: Members of this group have mastered strokes, turns, and starts in all four strokes and have successfully completed a 500 yard Freestyle. The focus on this group will be on continued stroke improvement, race strategy, proper training techniques and conditioning and the introduction of the 400 IM. The primary age group is 11 through 14. Four practices are offered per week with a recommended minimum of 3-4 practices per week. For advancement to Age Group 3, 4 practices per week are strongly recommended. A prerequisite for advancement to Age Group 3 is 10 x 100 on 1:30, a 200 IM under 3:10, succesfully completed a 400 yard IM under 6:00.

Age Group 3: A swimmer must be invited by the Age Group 3 Coach. This is for those swimmers ages 11-14 or in grades 6-8 who have demonstrated the desire to make swimming their sport of choice and priority in their life. These swimmers and their parents are required to sign an agreement that requires mandatory work-out schedules and attendance at meets under the direction of the Age Group 3 Coach. Age Group 3 swimmers are required to attend 100% of all practices offered per week to help them prepare for advanced swimming. Advancement to the Pre-Senior Group is successfully completing 10 x 100 on 1:25 and a 400 yard IM under 6:00.

Senior 1: This group is for swimmers in grades 9 - 12 who enjoy the sport of competitive swimming, but do not want to commit to, or are not yet ready for, the demands of Senior Group II. The main focus is to provide a conditioning and skill development program structured towards the high school swimmer. 4 Practices are offered each week with optional attendance and meets.

Advanced Swimming

Pre-Senior: When swimmers work into the Pre-Senior group they know that if they work hard they will get the best results from their efforts. To be asked into the Pre-Senior group, a swimmer must have demonstrated a commitment to the sport of swimming, and have met all the Age Group 3 requirements and are prepared to make swimming their sport of choice-thereby making all other activities and events subordinate to the rigors and challenges of Senior Swimming. Any deviation from the practice schedule must be approved in advance, such as special trips, vacations, etc., excluding emergencies. The primary age group is usually ages 12-14 or grades 6-8 and swimmers must have the approval of the Pre-Senior Group Coach to advance. Swimmers are required to attend 100% of the available practices. Advancement to the Senior 2 Group is successfully completing 10 x 100 on 1:20.

Senior 2: To be in this group means that the swimmer has set a goal to achieve the best results from his or her efforts - that of swimming fast and possibly attaining a swimming scholarship for college. These swimmers by now should have reached the point where they, not their parents, decide how much time and effort they really want to put into swimming.

To be asked into the Senior II program, a swimmer must be at least 14 years old or entering the 9th grade, have a strong commitment to competitive swimming, and the Head Coach's approval. Swimmers are required to attend 100% of the available practices with few exceptions. MUST BE ABLE TO SWIM 10 X 100 ON 1:20 TO BE IN THIS GROUP.

As outlined in our practice organization chart at the end of the handbook, the ultimate goal of all of our programs is to prepare each swimmer for advanced swimming. This does not mean we expect each swimmer to demonstrate that level of commitment, but that when the time comes to choose, we want those who do want to train at that level to be adequately prepared.



Hrs / Week


1st Child

2nd Child

Try Outs


5:30 - 6:00 pm Mon - Wed



M&M Group


5:30 - 6:30 pm Mon, Tue



Gold Group


6:00 - 7:00 pm Mon, Tue, Wed



Age Group 1


5:45 - 7:15 pm Mon - Thurs



Age Group 2


5:45 - 7:30 Mon - Thurs



Age Group 3


See Coach Wise





See Coach Wise



Senior 1


4:00 - 5:30 Mon - Thurs



Senior 2


See Coach Vargo







**** 3rd Child - $25       ADDITIONAL CHILDREN - No Charge

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In order to Register your child for Swim America swim lessons, you must stop by the Newton A. Perry Aquatic Center located on the College of Central Florida campus. Direct line to the Newton A. Perry Aquatic Center: 873-5811




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