Homewood Swim Team

Update: 06-01-2020 – There will not be a summer 2020 swim team due to COVID-19 restrictions.

For additional questions about year round swimming please contact Coach Caleb Riggs @ hprswimming@gmail.com

Homewood Parks and Recreation now offers three levels of swimming: Competitive Swim Team, Guppy Team and Pre-Guppy Group.

COMPETITIVE SWIM TEAM  The Homewood Swim Team is a competitive swimming program; Homewood Swim Team is not a learn-to-swim program. It is designed for swimmers to improve their stroke technique, participate on a team representing their community, and have fun swimming. Our swimmers compete against other swimmers with the same age and times during swim meets. Homewood Swim Team competes through the Jefferson Shelby Swim Council (JSSC) against other teams from our area.

Admittance to the swim team is through evaluations or by graduating from our Pre-Guppy/Guppy program.

GUPPY PROGRAM  Our Guppy programs are considered part of our swim team. They will meet twice per week for the duration of the summer, under the supervision of our swim team coaches. These programs provide a swim-team-style practice with a focus on learning the 4 competitive strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly). There is also an emphasis on endurance building, and advanced skills such as treading water, dives, etc. The purpose of these programs is to prepare the swimmer to one day be on the competitive swim team. Space is limited.

* Please see chart near the bottom of this page that will help you determine which program to sign your child up for. If your child’s current water skills do not fit into the above programs we also offer swim lessons. More information about swim lessons can be found be clicking here.

Follow Homewood Swim Team on Twitter: @HPRSwimTeam

How to Register

Program Fees:
Homewood Resident – $90.00 per swimmer
Non-resident – $180.00 per swimmer

2020 Registration Dates:
Begins – TBA

Ends – TBA

Register online at:

https://www.activityreg.com/ClientPage_t1.wcs?clientid=HOMEWOOD&siteid=1 (or click the image below)

Online Reg Button
To register in person visit:
Homewood Community Center Business Office
1632 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL 35209
(Monday thru Friday 8:00am – 5:30pm)

Printable Forms & Information

Information/Registration PacketComing Soon

Parent Meeting: TBA

2020 Team Schedule -TBA

2020 Parent Packet – 

Remind Me 101 Signup linkClick Here!

JSSC Swimmer Liability Waiver – Click Here

New App to download: Swimmingly

Website for online demos of the app: https://swimmingly.app/

Practice Schedules

Competitive Team Practice Schedule

Schedule Prior to Memorial Day:
Tuesday, May 21st: 3:30pm-5:00pm (8 & under) / 5:00pm-6:00pm (9 & over)
Wednesday, May 22nd: 4:00pm-5:00pm (8 & under) / 5:00pm-6:00pm (9 & over)
Thursday, May 23rd: Parent Meeting (6:00pm – Event Room: Homewood Community Center)

Friday, May 25th: Ages 11+ = 7-8am / Ages 9-10 = 7:30-8:30am /Ages 8 & under = 8:30-9:30am

NO PRACTICE: Monday, May 27th (Memorial Day)

Normal Practice Schedule (After Memorial Day)
Ages 11 & over: 7:00am-8:00am
Ages 9 & 10: 7:30am-8:30am
Ages 8 & under: 8:30am-9:30am

Pre-Guppy & Guppy Practice Schedule

Practice begins Tuesday, May 28th – Practices will be held Tuesday and Thursday only, for the duration of the swim team season. In the event a practice is cancelled due to weather, it will be made up the following day (Wednesday or Friday).

Pre-Guppy: 7:45am-8:30am

Guppy: 8:45am-9:30am

Team Suit & Gear Information:

Team Suits and Swim supplies are now IN STOCK @ Homewood Sporting Goods.

Located in Downtown Homewood, across from  Savage’s bakery.

Swim Team families can receive a 20% team discount on the team suit!

Swim Skill Checklist

** Use the below checklist to help determine the level to signup your swimmer **

Swim Lessons – Beginner 1
Purpose: To introduce water safety and skills.
Pre-requisites: At least 4 years of age prior to first day of class.

By the end of this session, the Swimmer Can:
□ Submerge head under water without assistance
Blow bubbles through mouth and nose
Enter and Exit the water using a ladder, the steps, and the side of the pool.
 Float on back with assistance of noodles or lifeguard buoys.
 Kick on front holding onto the wall and/or kickboard unassisted.
 Jump into the water from the side of the pool.
 Attempt to swim 3 feet from the wall by reaching, pulling, and kicking from instructor to wall and/or wall to wall.


Swim Lessons – Beginner 2
Purpose: To refine water safety and skills and swim a minimum distance of 12 yards without assistance.
Pre-requisites: At least 4 years of age prior to first day of class AND must demonstrate skills mastered in Beginner 1.

By the end of this session, the Swimmer Can:
 Perform all skills listed in Beginner 1.
 Float on back.
 Call for help from back float position.
 Front glide.
 Back glide.
 Initiate a swim of 3 or more feet from wall to an instructor.
 Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged object.
 Enter the water by jumping from the wall and returning to the wall.
 Roll from a back float to front and swim to wall.
 Swim on front and roll to a back float.
 Swim on front, roll to back float, and return to swim on front.
 Swim unassisted for a minimum distance of 12 yards.


Purpose: To refine water safety and skills in order to join a/the swim team in the future.
Pre-requisites: At least 4 years of age prior to first day of class AND must demonstrate skills mastered in Beginner 2.

By the end of this session, the Swimmer Can:
 Perform all skills listed in Beginner 1 & 2.
 Look before leaping into water.
 Tread water for a minimum of 15 seconds.
 Use the appropriate skills for freestyle including: breathing to the side, alternating arms & legs, etc for 12 yards unassisted.
 Use the appropriate skills for backstroke including: alternating arms & legs, remaining on your back for the entire distance, etc for 12 yards unassisted.
 Begin learning how to dive.


Purpose: To further refine water safety and skills in order to participate on a/the swim team.
Pre-requisites: At least 4 years of age prior to first day of class AND must demonstrate skills mastered in Pre-guppies.

By the end of this session, the Swimmer Can:
 Perform all skills listed in Beginner 1, 2, and pre-guppy groups.
 Refine strokes of freestyle and backstroke for a distance of 25 yards without assistance (human or non-human).
 Begin learning skills for butterfly kick.
 Begin learning skills for breaststroke.

Swim Team Contact Information

Coach Caleb: hprswimming@gmail.com
Swim Team President
: Brook Gibbons 401-9656 (robandbrook4@gmail.com)
Shades Cahaba: Dory Serotsky (mattanddory@charter.net)
Edgewood: Karen Allen (kallen2525@charter.net)
Hall Kent: Kelly Yoakum (kellyyoakum@mac.com)
Homewood Middle & High Schools: Robbie Gibbons (rgibbons@homewood.k12.al.us)