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Bay Area Swim Team

Welcome to the Bay Area Swim Team!!
The Bay Area Swim Team is a competitive team located farther north than any other swim team in Wisconsin!  We have a proud tradition of producing excellent swimmers!!

We are a competitive team and we acknowledge and encourage both individual and team successes, but attending competitive meets is not required to be part of our team. Coming to practices with a commitment to improve a little bit every day is required – and any swimmer who follows that rule is already a champion.

There are a lot of individual events in competitive swimming, but every member of the team is part of our community of swimmers. Team members are expected to support one another at all times, both in and out of the pool. Older, experienced swimmers are encouraged to mentor, teach, and watch over younger athletes at both practices and competitions.

Coaches help athletes by training them in proper racing techniques, giving them the skills to increase their endurance and speed in the water, fostering the life-long exercise of self-discipline, and encouraging every individual to do their personal best at every practice, in every competition, and in daily life. Along the way we will emphasize the fun of competing, the camaraderie of teamwork, and the thrill of challenging yourself to reach your goals.

But sometimes it is worthwhile to take a longer view – first place ribbons are nice, but last-place finishes and disqualifications happen [to all swimmers!], so our focus is to encourage your athlete to practice healthy habits and maintain a positive outlook while perfecting their skills on their way to becoming better swimmers. If they are still swimming 50 years from now, then we have met our goal.

Parents and caregivers are important members of the Bay Area Swim Team. Transporting swimmers to practices and meets is a big job; being a sounding board for those frustrating practices is an act of patience; and making sure the homework is done sometimes means perseverance and even more patience. In addition we ask all parents to support the team through fundraising and community events – our team cannot survive without your support. Thank You for all that you do.

And Thanks For Being Part of the Team!!

Rick Burkman


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Start: Monday, October 10th
End: February

Practices Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays at the Bayfield Rec Center
Younger swimmers (12 and under) 5:00-6:00, Older swimmers (13 and over) 6:00-7:30.
Note that the coaches may reassign a swimmer to a different practice group based on ability.
Cost: $163 for one child, $275 for two children  $25 discount if a Rec Center member
Equipment: Your child will need swimsuit, goggles, and towel. We encourage (but not require) swimmers to buy a team racing suit. These suits are generally $30-50. Goggles can be purchased at the Rec Center or Bretting Center for $9-20.


November 26, 2016, Saturday
Rice Lake, Otters Swim Club

December 03, 2016, Saturday
Phillips, Aqua Jays Swim Club

December 10, 2016, Saturday
Tomahawk Swim Club

December 17, 2016, Saturday
Rhinelander Swim Club

January 07, 2017,Saturday
Ladysmith, Flambeau Area Swim Team

January 14, 2017, Saturday
Minocqua, Lakeland Swim Club

Black River Falls, Black River Youth Swimming
January 28-29 2017
Saturday – < 10 year olds
Sunday – > 11 year olds

Rice Lake, Otters Swim Club
February 04-05, 2017
Saturday – < 10 year olds
Sunday – > 11 year olds

*Must attend 2 regular season meets to qualify
Optional Invitational Meets may be added during the season

March 04, 2017, Saturday
Bayfield Polar Plunge

July 28, 2017, Friday
Point-to-LaPointe Open Water Swim Spaghetti Dinner

**All SWIM TEAM Athletes should plan to assist with and/or participate in these events