Marlins Swim Team


NSWC’s Marlins swim program develops competitive swimmers of all ages in a fun and focused environment. You and your swimmer will quickly see that while swimming is an individual sport, the Marlins have an incredibly strong sense of team.

We train in NSWC’s outdoor pool facility between May and mid-August, where our athletes focus on stroke (freestyle, butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke) and race (dive starts, turns, streamlines and breakouts) techniques toward continual individual improvement, within a strong team context. 

While Marlins provides high intensity cross-training for athletes, many quickly get the bug to race and swimmers are encouraged to compete in at least one meet and the Regional Championships each season. Competition allows a swimmer to showcase their progress, and to contribute to the team’s points (collected at meets), but most importantly, to create memories of a lifetime alongside their teammates in Marlinville.

Our Marlins swim team is one of the larger teams in our Vancouver & District region, and we are proud that we continue to rank highly across the province from a points-per-swimmer perspective  achieved in regional and provincial competitions – this is a direct result of our swimmers being multi-sport athletes. 


Two years after the 1958 opening of the North Shore Winter Club, a pool was built on site.  In 1966, our first competitive swim team, the Marlins, joined with the Empire Club (swimming out of the Empire Pool at UBC), the Capilano Winter club and the Howe Sound Club to make up the Vancouver & District Region of the BCSSA.  Fifty six years later, the NSWC ‘s Marlins is the only team remaining from the original Vancouver & District Region.

The Marlins first Invitational Swim Meet was held in 1972 and has been held continuously since then.  The Marlins are known for hosting a well run, competitive meet which is also a fun event highlighted by parent relays!

It was at our Invitational Meet in 1975 that our own Brent O’Connor, in Division 17 and over, became the first BCSSA swimmer to break the minute in 100M freestyle.

Three ex-Marlins have succeeded internationally in other sports.  In 1993, Grant Connell was ranked #1 in the world in doubles tennis and was a finalist in Wimbledon.  Paul Kariya was the fourth overall pick in the 1993 NHL hockey draft and went on to have a successful career.  Paul Houck was a member of our 1977 BCSSA Championship team and later went on to play for the Minnesota North Stars.

We continue to have multi-sport NSWC athletes train with our Marlins program each summer – including Chloe Primerano and (when he was younger!) Connor Bedard!


Marlins coaches bring significant technical expertise and competitive swimming experience to our swimmers. What makes our coaches distinct is their commitment to developing all aspects of a swimmer’s success beyond their technical skill, strength and endurance. Coaches support swimmers in season goals, they inspire and motivate them, and most importantly, they help manage nerves and disappointment at swim meets, while being their loudest cheering squad and support.

We are excited to welcome back many of our coaching staff for another great season!  


Will Messcu

Will has been swimming competitively for over a decade representing the Crescent Beach swim club and now the NSWC Marlins in BCSSA. During the winter season he swam with Surrey Knights and now competes as a masters swimmer for the White Rock Wave swim team. He also swam for his high school team at Elgin Park secondary school, and has coached for all of most of these teams.

Will attends UBC in the kinesiology program which for the last several years has ranked as the #1 sport science program in North America. He got his first exercise science textbook as a gift for his 12th birthday and has never looked back since.  While he loves swimming, he also loves many other sports but recently focuses on swimming, running, and rock climbing.

Will has qualified for provincials many times as a winter swimmer, he has several medals from both BCSSA and High school provincials, and he is the masters provincial record holder in the long course 100 butterfly for the 18-24 category.

Will’s favourite pre-race routine is to make sure he gets in some jumping jacks and some squat jumps before a race.  He loves all strokes, but his favourite events to swim will always be the 50m distance of any stroke. The feeling of swimming at 100% speed combined with such a small margin for error makes them so exciting!

Jenna Bartok

Jenna BartokJenna has been a Marlin since she was six – no surprise as Jenna’s entire family were Marlins as well (mom, dad & brother!).  She swam on her high school team as well and her favourite strokes are breaststroke and butterfly.  She loves swimming and she has qualified for Provincials every season she swam – once qualifying for Provincials in all four individual events, two relays and regional relay.  And – for those that may not know – at one time the Marlins also had a water polo team which Jenna played on for 2 seasons!

Her pre-race routine is to make sure she is properly activated and warmed up – then sits in a quiet place and visualizes her race.  Her favourite thing to eat at swim meets are original goldfish crackers (not the cheddar flavour).

She has just finished school at Capilano University, graduating with a bachelor’s in business administration with a concentration on human resources.  As many of our longtime Marlins, she continues to enjoy playing hockey in the off-season too!


Maxine Sealey

Maxine SealeyCoach Maxine (Max) has been with the Marlins since she was a little intro swimmer. She was 6 when she joined and has been with the team ever since, almost 14 years now! Throughout her swimming career, her favourite stroke has been butterfly and backstroke! She has always loved the 100 fly, 50 fly and 100 backstroke events at swim meets! Last season she placed in the top 3 in the province for all 7 of her events at provincials, including winning the 50 butterfly and 200 Regional Medley relay. Her favourite pre-race meal has always been pasta! 

Outside of swimming, Maxine loves playing hockey. She played on the NSWC female team from novice all the way till grade 12. Fun fact, she played with Coach Jenna and Coach Olivia! You may recognize her from the ice as she has been a Cookie Monsters Coach for the last 5 years. In the last 2 years she’s been the lead coach!  She really enjoys seeing all the familiar faces from the ice to the pool. Max has played many sports in her life including, rugby, soccer, field hockey, and volleyball. In the fall, Maxine is going into her 3rd year at Simon Fraser University for psychology and criminology! Which came from her love of crime shows.

Maxine is looking forward to getting to know everyone more and making this season fun and competitive!

Cosette Bachmann

Cosette BachmannCosette is returning as a Marlins coach for her second season after loving her experience last summer. She has been a competitive swimmer for 14 years and swam varsity at the University of Victoria. Her favourite strokes are backstroke and freestyle, and her favourite events are 100/200m back and 200/400m free.

Her favourite highlights as a competitive swimmer were competing in international swim meets, and travelling with her teammates to Edmonton for Westerns and several provincial competitions. She was best known for her long nails when swimming and had the nickname of “Wolverine” among her teammates, who were afraid to swim in the same lane with her for fear of being scratched.

Cosette just completed her 3rd year at UVic where she is studying Health Science and promotion. She hopes to continue on to become a physiotherapist. In her free time, she likes weightlifting and is on a Women’s League Field Hockey team.

Olivia Ruthven

Olivia RuthvenOlivia has been swimming for 13 years. She started swimming as a Mini Marlin in 2012 and then began swimming during the winter at Chena Swim Club from 2017 until 2021. 

Her favourite strokes are backstroke and butterfly.  Olivia’s highest achievement for summer swimming was winning several gold medals at provincials and setting provincial records in both individual and relay events. In winter swimming, she was selected to swim at the BC summer games in 2019 where she won several medals. She also competed at the 2019 tier 1 provincials and placed 2nd in the 200m backstroke and 2nd in the 100m backstroke. 

Her go-to-pre-race routine is to first start with a light meal. Then she starts getting herself in the zone by listening to music and thinking about her race. Then, about 15-20 minutes before the race she will start warming up. She finds that this routine has helped her be both mentally and physically ready for her race.

Ollivia just finished my first year at the University of Guelph where she is studying sociology. While I’m there, I play on a competitive intramural hockey team. She enjoys painting, going on hikes and hanging out with friends.

Sydney Londergan

Sydney began swimming at the age of seven and hasn’t stopped since! She got her start in swimming through a summer swim league in Seattle, and then quickly after began club swimming. She most recently swam for Chena Swim Club in North Vancouver before moving to Saint Bonaventure for University. There she is a part of the Division 1 swim program whilst completing a degree in Political Science.

Throughout her swimming career some of her highest achievements have been placing first at the BC Winter Swimming Provincials as well as placing third at Singapore national in the 400 IM. When living in Singapore she also had the opportunity to Compete at FINA World Cup, which was a fun experience. 

Her favourite strokes to swim include Backstroke and occasionally fly depending on the length of the race. Her favourite pre-race meal would have to be pasta with butter or a banana. When not swimming Sydney enjoys going on hikes, biking and spending time with her friends and family. An interesting fact about Sydney is that she has lived in three countries; Canada, the US and Singapore.

Quinn Abbott

Quinn AbbottQuinn started his swimming career at age five as a Cruiser and then he switched to the Marlins in 2012 as a six and under when his family joined the NSWC. Quinn loved spending time at the NSWC everyday playing in hockey camps and attending Marlins practices. He has been a member of the Marlins swim team – and now coaching team – ever since!

Quinn has always loved playing sports, and when he was younger, he played hockey, baseball, soccer, and inline hockey in addition to swimming. Since grade seven, Quinn’s focus has been on hockey. He played minor hockey at NSWC, from cookie monsters to U13 and his favourite memory is attending the Quebec Peewee Tournament in Quebec City. Quinn played hockey academy in high school and he is planning on continuing his Junior hockey journey in Alberta for his second season.

Quinn’s greatest Marlins achievement has to be when he was awarded the most valuable marlins swimmer in 2015 when he was in division 2. Quinn earned 6 out of his 12 total provincial medals that season. Quinn has a pre-swim race routine that involves stretching, staying hydrated, and socializing with teammates and other swimmers to ease his nerves before hitting the water. This routine helps Quinn stay relaxed and mentally prepared for his upcoming race, allowing him to perform at their best when it counts.

Fly became Quinn’s favourite stroke to swim. As a 6 and under Quinn qualified for the provincials in the 50m Butterfly event as Division One, representing the Marlins. Quinn’s first away meet in Nanaimo for provincials was a memorable experience where his passion for fly and swimming began to blossom. Throughout Quinn’s three years in as a Div 1 swimmer, he managed to break the Marlins’ Division One butterfly record!

Quinn attended almost every practise when in divisions one through three, and he excelled in racing due to his hard work ethic and his love of competition. Quinn hopes that he can instil his love of swimming and racing in the Marlins he is coaching.


All Marlins practices throughout the summer are held in our NSWC outdoor pool (rain or shine!). We create a schedule with multiple practices during a week so that swimmers have the opportunity to train while still participating in other sporting endeavors (attendance at all practices is not mandatory). We do encourage swimmers and their parents to work towards a schedule that will help them achieve their season goals – whether they be to work towards provincial medals, or to increase strength and endurance in our home pool.  

We encourage all swimmers to arrive at the pool in enough time to stretch and ready themselves for practice so that they are able to start on time. For our older swimmers we allot time to dryland training as well to supplement their training in the water with strength and conditioning to support work in the pool.

Once your swimmer has been assigned to a practice group, you will receive an invite to TeamSnap which will have the schedule for your group. This is also where we will update the schedule if there are changes to practice times throughout the season.

View Season Schedule

View Practise Schedule


The BC Summer Swimming Association (BCSSA) oversees multi-sport aquatics in the province for the season beginning May 1 and culminating in our provincial championship meet in mid-August. The NSWC Marlins participate only as speed swimmers (short-course distances – races between 50m and 200m in length). Speed swimmers train and compete in 4 strokes – freestyle (i.e. front crawl), backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. There are also medley events (individual and relay) which combine the 4 strokes into a single race.    

Swimmers compete in their age divisions – most as “S” or summer swimmers. The “O” or open category was introduced so that swimmers who train & compete throughout our off-season are able to compete in their own divisions.

The Marlins also participate in a series of external swim meets throughout the season as well. These are all optional to participate in – and you can opt to only participate selectively for events and/or certain days. We hold our own swim meet in the month of June and travel to other meets around the lower mainland. 

While participation in these meets is voluntary, we encourage all swimmers to give racing a try. Our swimmers work and train so hard during the week and racing gives them a chance to put all they have learned together!

May 25-26 Squamish Pirates Sprint Challenge
 Meet Package
Brennan Park Rec Centre, Squamish
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June 12 Development Meet
For 6&U, Divisions 1-3 only)
Meet Package
NSWC Sign up here
June 15-16 PoCo Marlins
Meet Package
Centennial Pool,
Port Coquitlam

Sign up here
June 22-23 NSWC Marlins A/B Meet
Meet Package
Sign up here
June 28-30 Nanaimo White Rapids Meet
Meet Package
Kin Pool
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July 6-7 Hootenanny Swim Meet
Meet Package
Sign up here
July 13-14 Vikings Swim Meet
Meet Package
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July 20-21  Sharks in the Park (TBC)
Meet Package
Spani Pool
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August 3-4 V&D Regional Championships
Meet Package
NSWC Sign up here
August 16-18  BCSSA Provincial Championships
Meet Package
UBC Aquatic Centre
Sign up here

[Links for meet packages and signup sheets will be shared and updated on this page as we move closer to the competitions.}



The structure of a swim meet

If you plan to attend a swim meet, expect to have a reasonably full day. There are warm-ups in the morning – these are usually early, but give swimmers a chance to learn the setup of the pool, dive off the blocks, etc which will make them more comfortable racing later in the day.  

Racing typically will start by 8am and events designated for the days will be run through in the order noted in the meet program. 

Our coaches will have sent out details ahead of time to note the format of any meet that we enter. There are a few things to note as will change the flow of the day slightly

1. Final Format – it will be noted upfront whether or not the meet will have “timed” finals or “swum” finals.  Many meets during the course of the season will be timed finals  – this means that the swimmer only swims once for a given event (i.e. Div 1 Girls 50m Freestyle) and the time that they log in this single swim is used to determine the final standings for that event. “Swum” finals means that the top 1-2 heats of swimmers (number will be noted in the meet package details) will qualify to swim in a finals race later in the day. This means in order to place in an event, a swimmer will need to swim again and their time in this second swim is used to determine their standing in the final event. All championship meets are structured this way.

2. Event Format – Our Marlins swim meet is structured as an A/B meet. This means that there are 2 events for each age/gender division and stroke (up to Div 6). This allows for swimmers who have previously achieved an “A” standard time (in a previous swim meet) will swim in “A” events and those that have no time or a slower time can opt to swim in either the “A” or “B” event.    This format allows for newer swimmers to compete in a field of their peers and have greater chance of success.

“A” standard times are determined in each region of the province and will be published in advance of meet event signups. Standards are based on regional championship best times from previous years for those swimmers advancing to provincials.

To queue swimmers up and organize them in their heats before a race, swimmers are called to the marshalling area to check in.  Parents (or older swimmers)  are expected to be following along with the day and to be ready and available when it is time for them to marshall in advance of their events.

Parents aren’t allowed in the marshalling area, but coaches are and will be there to prep your swimmer and give them a great pep talk before they dive in for their race! Once your swimmer is in marshalling, this is a great time to head to the pool to find a spot to cheer!

Meet Results

Meet results are typically available not too long after an individual event has been completed, taking note of a few things:  

– There are typically multiple heats of swimmers for each event (so touching the wall first in your heat does not necessarily mean that you will place in the overall event)

– One of the roles of the deck officials (white shirts) you will see on the pool deck is to determine if each swimmer has executed the stroke and the race as they should. This ensures that there is no unfair advantage to any single swimmer (such as leaving early before the whistle or not performing the stroke correctly).  When the final results for each event is posted you may see a “DQ” beside your swimmer’s name (we have ALL had this happen) – this means that your swimmer has been disqualified from that event. Coaches are notified when this happens in a meet and can talk to you/your swimmer about the error and give a chance to work on corrections for future training and practices.

Results may be posted around the pool deck, but most clubs/regions now use Meet Mobile and times are updated there. If you are competing in swim meets throughout the season, it is worth the investment to download the app and pay the small annual fee (believe it’s less than $10).  You can ‘favourite’ our club and your swimmers so that you receive notifications when their times are uploaded to the system.


Relay events are typically (but not always) held at the end of each day.  If you have indicated that your swimmer will stay to race on a relay team, the coaches use these names to determine entries to these events. Each morning of a meet , coaches will post a list of relay teams with alternates so those attending the team can see what is planned.  Depending on the number of swimmers who have indicated they can participate, your swimmer may or may not be placed on a relay team for a given day.



Our Marlins culture is the envy of many – with our beautiful outdoor pool and strong community, though we train as individuals our sense of team is strong.

You will hear references to Marlinville – both as an idea – our strength of community that has past-parents and past-swimmers returning to swim meets to lend a hand or cheer on new Marlins – and as the place where we all gather to pass down-time during a swim meet.

Our Marlins team has a trailer that you will see accompanying us to swim meets. This trailer contains everything that we need to build our tent city for the day. Tents, tarps, garbage, recycling, etc. One of the roles we ask our Marlins parents to fill is to get to a meet in enough time to stake out space on a lawn, erect the tents and create a place for swimmers and parents to relax and hang out together while not swimming (or cheering for your friends!).


What to bring to a swim meet?

One of the most-asked questions once the season kicks off!  This list should be customized based on the needs of your swimmers, but here are our top suggestions:

1. Suit/goggles/swim cap

  • We encourage our Marlins swimmers to wear their Marlins swim caps at all swim meets.  It’s best to race with a cap (we recommend practicing with one too – less chance of hair/goggle/etc snafus with a cap to hold things in place)
  • If you have a backup pair of goggles (or at least a backup goggle strap), it can’t hurt. Or have a friend in Marlinville that will lend you theirs if you encounter a last-minute equipment malfunction

2. Towels (not just one – bring a couple… if the day is not warm you will be happy to have a dry one at-hand as needed)

3. Warm clothing

  • Once your swimmer gets out of the pool they will likely be waiting for a bit until their next race.  You want to stay warm and dry so that you are nimble and ready to jump in the pool when you’re called next. Many swimmers will also bring along a sleeping bag to curl up in as well
  • A Marlins parka is also a great way to stay warm before and after races/practices

4. Camping chair/mat

  • Basically something to keep both parents and kids off the ground with something more comfortable to sit in/on.   Some families will bring air mattresses, picnic blankets, etc.  

5. Water & healthy snacks

  • There is food for purchase at most meets, but always best to ensure that you have LOTS of healthy grab-and-go snacks on hand so that your swimmer can keep up their energy through the day
  • Pack a cooler with snacks, picnic foods, drinks – helps keep things cool on hot summer days

6. Something to contain it all…. 

  • Many of us that are veterans and who attend a lot of swim meets, have purchased a wagon/cart/etc along the way as parking may not be as close as ideal to the day-camping area. A folding wagon can help keep everything sorted (and a place to have your kids leave things so they don’t get lost during the day)

7. Meet program/pen/highlighter/cash

  • Some meets will have paper copies of the meet program available for sale at the start of the day – and they are good to follow along with.  If there aren’t programs for sale, typically they will either be sent electronically the day/evening before (and you can print them at home if you want a copy at-hand) or details of the meet will be available in Meet Mobile ( .  We strongly recommend downloading the app- this is where you will receive updates and can view past race times, etc.



Parent volunteers are an essential part of the Marlins Swim Team. Even if it is a small commitment, we need all parents to volunteer.  Families who do not participate in helping out throughout the season may be assessed a Volunteer Fee at the end of the season.


Fundraising is an important component to the Marlins Swim Team.

We ask that each family who registers their child in the Marlins Swim Team make a commitment to become an active, involved parent and the easiest way is to participate in our fundraising programs. The income generated from fundraising activities will enable the swim team to keep registration fees reasonable. It  is essential that all Marlins families participate in our fundraising endeavours and help us to run a successful swim season. Without the support of all our Marlins families we would not be the successful swim club that we are.


The Marlins is run by a Committee of parent volunteers and also has a NSWC Board liaison. You need not have ever been a swimmer to be on the Committee; we need people to fill many roles and the only real requirement is an enthusiastic, positive attitude and the ability to jump-in where the help is needed. Most sit on the Committee because we enjoy being involved, we like to know what is going on at our child(ren)’s swim program, and we like being a part of decision-making to ensure the continued success of the aquatics programming at the NSWC. 

The Committee is responsible for the short and long-term management of the Marlins Swim Team. The Committee shall always act in the best interest of the entire Marlins Swim Team. The Marlins Swim Team mission statement and team philosophy shall be the guiding principles for the Committee’s decisions. Honesty, integrity and transparency must be maintained by the Committee at all times. Members in good standing shall be provided the opportunity to meet with the Committee throughout the season. 

Roles and responsibilities of the Marlins Committee shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Hiring coaches 
  • Coach Performance Evaluations  
  • Representing Marlins Swim Team at the regional and provincial level 
  • Recruitment of new swimmers 
  • Registration of swimmers with BCSSA 
  • Financial / asset management 
  • Managing Marlins Swim Team home swim meets 
  • Member communication (website, regular email correspondence and through annual general meetings) 
  • Parent coach liaison 
  • Supplying team equipment for members to purchase 
  • Coordinating fundraising efforts 
  • Providing an opportunity for members in good standing to present to the Committee. 
  • Fostering a positive environment on deck for all swimmers 


Roles and responsibilities of the membership shall include, but not be limited to, the following: 

  • Remain an integral part in the swimmers’ personal and swimming development 
  • Vote in a Committee capable of running the Marlins Swim Team 
  • Follow due process when any concerns are raised 


Please feel free to approach anyone on the committee with any question that you may have.  See our Contacts page for key people you can connect with.


All swim meets are run by volunteers, so enrolling swimmers in a meet means that our team has to provide a certain number of volunteers at each meet to ensure it’s able to run well and on time. Many jobs do not require training and are for short periods of time – while others you can train to be a judge, etc if you have interest (see the Volunteering section for more details) .

Please expect that you will need to contribute ~ 2 hours or volunteer time for each swimmer you enter into a meet (it may be less depending on the number of swimmers who enter).  Volunteering is needed throughout the day so that there are always parents (and typically older swimmers) who are in Marlinville throughout the day to share parenting duties throughout the day.


One of the hallmarks of summer swimming is that one of our goals is to HAVE FUN!  It’s summertime and it’s a great time of year to be outside and create reasons to connect across age groups, etc so that we are creating a larger sense of team as well as breaking up the time spent swimming back and forth across the pool!

Internal Fun Meets

  • These are open to all swimmers with both a goal of introducing racing to our younger, newer swimmers and to also create a fun event.  Typical themes we have run in the past are – Red/Blue (swimmers are divided into 2 groups and aim to get as many ‘points’ for their colour team), World Cup of Swimming (silly races), to note a couple.


Hell Week

  • Typically in mid-July, the tradition of Hell Week is to encourage swimmers to participate in as many practices during this week as possible.  This is meant to be the peak of the training season – and then ramping down to our Regional championship meet a couple of weeks after this. 
  • As part of the encouragement to encourage swimmers to log as many practices as they are able during this week, we typically plan fun events during the daytime (between practices) to encourage fun, activity and team bonding.   A schedule will be posted closer to the time of planned events.  These are all optional and parent expectations will be noted as well (if there are rides and/or supervision needed to participate).


Cultus Lake Waterslides day

  • As a reward for the hard work put in by our swimmers during Hell Week, the Monday following this week, we take a break from swim practice and the team heads to the Cultus Lake Waterslides for the day.    Swimmers are expected to find their own rides and parent supervision for this event.



The Marlins typically hold two banquets during our season.  The first is held the Monday evening following our Regional championship meet and one in early September to present our season awards and celebrate successes for our swimmers at our Provincial championship meet.

  • The Regional banquet is more casual – with a goal to hold this on the lawn.  We celebrate accomplishments of all swimmers at our Regional meet and then cap it off with a swim in the pool.
  • The Season banquet is a bit more formal. This is where we hand out any awards from provincials, but also hand out season awards for swimmers in each category/practice group in the following areas
    • Outstanding Marlin (Marlin swimmer in each age/gender division who has accumulated the most number of points for the team); 
    • Most Improved (Marlin swimmer in each practice group level who has shown the most improvement over the course of the season); 
    • Best Performance (Racing performance – as determined by the coaches); 
    • Best Times (Marlins swimmers who have repeatedly beaten their best times over the course of the season); 
    • Most Valuable Marlin (Achieved the most number of points of all Marlins swimmers); 
    • Marlins Team Spirit Award (Marlin swimmer in each practice group level who best embodies the Marlins culture both in and out of the pool); 
    • Hardest Worker/Most Practices (Marlins swimmers in each age group who are the most committed to their training through the season)



Minimum gear that your swimmer will need is a swim suit & goggles.  All other gear is optional – but you will find details below on where we recommend you purchase.


Team Aquatics carries a great selection of swimsuits & other training gear.  They have a store in North Vancouver (on Dollarton Hwy) – and with your Marlins “Shark Card” you can receive discounts on all regular priced items (in store or online).  

Your swimmer is able to train in any style of swimsuit, but we do suggest that your swimmer look at training suit options (one-piece suits for girls and jammers for boys).  They will be the most comfortable and won’t get waterlogged or create drag while swimming.

The Marlins team has fins for borrowed use during practices, but we can’t guarantee an availability of sizes.  They are not used in every practice, but are used frequently.

Finally, you may want to consider a swim parka.  If your swimmer is planning to compete – or they are great for morning practices when the air is still a bit crisp.  Warm and long, they are an easy way to go from the pool to the car ride home!

** If you have a new swimmer, you may want to ask around the pool deck, as there is typically a healthy availability of hand-me-down gear!



Team clothing is for sale year-round.  If you would like to order any other Marlins swag (Hoody’s, T Shirts etc.) please use this link:  


You must be a NSWC member to participate in the Marlins Swim Team program.  

Registration is here

Full Marlins Requirements

  • 7 & up unless can meet these requirements
  • Can swim one full length of the pool unassisted without stopping part way or using the lane ropes – doesn’t need to be perfect
  • All new Marlins will be assessed in the pool to help with practice group placement and to confirm minimum ability criteria is met.
  • Season starts May 1


Mini Marlins Requirements

  • 5 & 6-year-olds (must be 5 years old by end of season)
  • Comfortable jumping in the water and swimming back to the wall unassisted, blowing bubbles with face in the water, can push off the wall on their own and swim back to the wall unassisted.
  • All new Mini Marlins will be assessed prior to the season starting.
  • Following assessments, coaches and the committee reserve the right to move Minis into
  • Regular Marlins if they can meet the minimum requirements.
  • Season starts June 3 – with 3 practices per week


No billing is done through Active. Your NSWC member account will be billed in installments.

Any questions, contact Michelle Green, Marlins Registrar @


Marlins President:  Katherine Hamilton
Marlins Registrar:  Michelle
Marlins Coaching: Susan Mossing –