Swimming sign-ups being conducted

Seymour Swimming will conduct sign-ups from 5 to 6 p.m today and Thursday at the Seymour High School pool.

Seymour Swimming is a nonprofit competitive swimming organization used as a beginning program for higher-level groups such as the middle school and high school teams.

Since the organization is funded only partially by the Seymour Parks and Recreation Department, there is a fee structure based on ability level. The fee for minnows, the beginning level, is $190 for the winter season, plus a USA Swimming membership fee of $65.

The $255 fee is due at the time of sign-ups. Swimmers need to bring a copy of their birth certificate to verify age, and it will not be returned. Swimmers also will need to wear a swimsuit and bring a towel for ability-level testing.

Seymour Swimming is divided into three ability levels — minnows, dolphins and sharks. Most swimmers start with the minnows. To be in this group, you need to know the basics of freestyle and backstroke, be able to stand up in 3½ feet of water and not be afraid to put your face in the water. Minnows will be taught the correct technique in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.

This group practices from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The winter season ends the middle of February.

The head coach for Seymour Swimming is Dave Boggs, who has coached champions at the state and national levels, 13 high school All-Americans and an Olympian. Robb Reynolds is the assistant coach for Seymour Swimming.

Information: Dave Boggs at 812-528-2413