Polar Cubs is an introductory swim program for children ages 4-6 years old who are not quite ready to begin swim team. Classes are held five days a week for four weeks and run during dates to be announced for 2020 (subject to state and local public health guidelines due to COVID-19).
Students learn beginning swim techniques aimed at transitioning them towards the freestyle stroke of competitive swimming. The Polar Cubs program also gives families a chance to evaluate whether swim team is right for their child. The goal of the program is for students to be able to swim an unassisted lap of freestyle.
On the last day of the Polar Cubs program, participants “race” in a meet and receive a ribbon. At this time, pursuant to the coaching staff's recommendations, it may be possible for a Cubs swimmer to advance to the Polar Bears Swim Team for the remainder of the season at no additional cost.
During the initial two days of the program, Polar Cubs coaches will assess the readiness of each child to participate in the program. If the coaches feel that a child is not ready, tuition money will be refunded at the end of the two day evaluation. Swimming experience is helpful. It is also critical that participating students be able to do the following:
- Follow instructions of coaches
- Place face in the water
- Float on back with assistance
For safety reasons, it is up to the coaches' discretion whether a child qualifies for the program. For those interested in private or group swim lessons, or competitive clinics, RSM is home to Rasmussen Swim School, run by RSM's own swim team coach, Christian Rasmussen.
All families interested in having their Polar Cub join the Polar Bear Swim Team at the end of the program must become a RSM Swim Club member.
Learn more about club membership >