Newington Forest Swim Team is a fun summer team, and also a competitive swim team. Team practices are not intended or appropriate as learn-to-swim lessons. We do offer a separate learn-to-swim lessons in the "Mini-swimmers" program, and many Mini-swimmers have graduated onto the swim team. The minimum swimming skill to qualify for the regular team, is the ability to swim one length of a 25 meter pool unassisted, using any stroke. The team absolutely does teach swimmers the strokes and techniques required at swim meets. While stroke development and teaching is a very important part of what our coaches do, it is not fair to expect them to be teaching one on one every day. Coaches will be holding evaluations prior to the season and swimmer placement is at their discretion. Swimmers on the team are expected to participate in meet, but because this is a summer activity, absences for family vacations and the like are expected-- but the coaches certainly appreciate advance notice.