Founded in the Fall of 2009 by Montgomery County Swim League coaches and alumni looking to bring the Summer swimming feel into the Winter Swim world, FINS SWIMMING is a year-round youth swim program that sets out to give swimmers of all ages a fun and fulfilling experience in the water.
At FINS, we believe that the most important component of a healthy swimming career is a true enjoyment of our unique sport. With our gifted all-star coaching staff, we work hard to make sure that every swimmer, regardless of their individual skill-set, appreciates and enjoys their own swimming talents. We want our swimmers to be proud of themselves for taking on the challenge!
We believe that success in the water can only come when the environment in the pool and on deck excites and inspires us!
At FINS we do our best to provide constant feedback to our swimmers. We have an ample number of talented head coaches on deck at every practice, and the development of strong technical swimming is our priority. Our coaches are constantly engaging their swimmers and challenging them to get better with every stroke they take. Our coaches communicate, correct, and motivate, so that every swim down the pool is better than the last. Assistant coaches are also in the water with our younger swimmers, giving constant hands-on instruction and elevating the comfort level of those just beginning their swimming careers.
FINS Swimmers range from ages 3 to 18, and swim with us anywhere from once to five times a week all year long. We have a wide range of skill levels and we make sure that all of our swimmers are placed into a group where they can swim to their potential and can continue to grow and challenge themselves.
Lots of our swimmers belong to summer swim teams and can’t wait for the summer season to roll around. That’s why all FINS coaches work hard to bring that summer swimming enthusiasm and fun to every practice!
Many of our swimmers are also new to the sport, and that’s OK! Our coaches work with these swimmers to quickly make them feel comfortable and help them excel in the new setting. We regard swimming as an important life skill that should be mastered by all, so regardless of age or ability, FINS has a great group and coach for your athlete.
Your first step in exploring all FINS programming is to cruise through our website and familiarize yourself with our practice groups HERE. As you learn more about the different FINS programs, keep in mind that we are among the most cost effective deals when compared to other MD and DC area programs!
During the 2022-23 School Year, FINS will offer both outdoor and indoor programming. FINS will host fall & spring seasons outdoors at the heated Potomac Woods pool with practices available 7-days a week. FINS will also host a nine-month indoor program which will run at Georgetown Prep Pool from September – May and host swimmers on the weekends (Friday-Sunday). All of these programs will be integrated with each other, allowing swimmers to swim intensive fall & spring seasons and then maintain great looking strokes indoors throughout the winter months.
This fall our outdoor programming will take place at the centrally located Potomac Woods Pool. The water is heated, allowing FINS to host outdoor programs in the fall, spring, and summer. Typically these programs last between 8 and 10 weeks, and swimmers may participate anywhere between 1 and 5 times per week. Practices are geared specifically to the individual group that swimmers best belong in, ranging from advanced training style instruction to more beginner “learn to swim” programs. The focus of each outdoor season revolves around perfecting technique and creating a strong foundation for fast swimming. Our Spring programming is specifically tailored to getting swimmers ready for success in their upcoming summer swim seasons. At the end of each season our coaches include a race day practice! Learn more about our next outdoor season HERE.
The main indoor FINS program is a 9 month session that allows our swimmers to stay in the pool during the colder months and receive great coaching throughout the school year. We swim out of the beautiful indoor Georgetown Prep Pool located in North Bethesda, Maryland. We offer swimming for kids of all ages and abilities, and we keep our swimmers active in the pool from September until the end of May – with the goal of having them peak for the next Summer of swimming! This specific program meets primarily on the weekends, Swimmers can participate in this program between one and three times a week. As part of this program, we normally offer 2 fun and exciting swim meets throughout the season for all of our swimmers, which will be held dependent on COVID related facility protocol during the 2022-23 year. Swimmers also receive swim caps and t-shirts as part of our program.
Summer season is always a blast, and swimmers from all over the MD/DC area are welcomed to our outdoor locations for training sessions, specialized clinics, private lessons, and much more. Read more about summer programming HERE.
Lastly, FINS offers private and small group lessons all year round for swimmers of all ages and abilities (including adults)! Learn more about our lessons programs HERE.