About Us

Hurricane Swim Club is one of the oldest and most successful swim clubs in Northern Maine. Hurricane Swim Club was founded in 1976 by Tim Babcock, our original goal was to provide a top-quality, year-round swim program for the communities of the Greater Bangor area.

Over the years this vision has become a reality, with a succession of championship swimmers. But Hurricane Swim Club’s swim program strives to provide all our swimmers with the opportunity to be their best. We want to produce world class citizens as well as world class swimmers.

Hurricane Swim Club is a fully-sanctioned USA Swimming and Maine Swimming, Inc. program subsidized by its members. The team operates ten months out of the year and offers two seasons of training and competition. The team prides itself on offering quality coaching, and a motivating and supportive environment in which to train.

We provide swimmers with the opportunity to enjoy the sport of swimming, taking their skills to a higher level, strive for true excellence and pursue their biggest dreams. But to start, a swimmer needs only to be able to complete one full length of the pool (25 yards) of both freestyle and backstroke without assistance to be considered for membership. We happily welcome new swimmers and their families to join Hurricane Swim Club any time during the swim season.

Hurricane Swim Club and the sport of swimming involve a commitment on the part of the parent as well as the swimmer. Traveling to meets, training sessions, fundraising, volunteering at meets, long hours at the pool and an honest effort are all part of being a “swim parent.” This is a true team effort that involves the commitment of the kids, the parents and the coaches as a community. We have lots of opportunities for parents to volunteer with Hurricane Swim Club.

Our coaching philosophy is simple. We want to challenge even the most elite swimmer while providing the support, discipline and attention a young swimmer needs. Our coaches are uniquely qualified to bring this philosophy to life.

Hurricane Swim Club competes as a member of USA Swimming and Maine Swimming, Inc. This affiliation provides swimmers with the opportunity to compete at regional, national and international levels. USA Swimming meets are offered throughout each season, and both the winter and summer seasons culminate with a Championship meet. Swimmers are encouraged to swim in the fastest championship meets for which they qualify. Those swimmers who achieve the necessary qualifying standards will participate at the Maine Swimming, Inc. Combined Championship, the Speedo Sectional Championship, the U.S. Open, the Junior National Meets, the Grand Prix Meets or the U.S. Senior National meets. Hurricane Swim Club competes only in USA Swimming and Maine Swimming, Inc. sanctioned meets. USA Swimming is recognized as the highest level afforded to swimming athletes available at the amateur level.

Today’s Team

Bronze Group:
The Bronze group is the first level that HSC offers. Before joining the swimmer must be able to swim one length of the pool unassisted. The focus of the Bronze group is to introduce all four strokes, proper turns, and dives. The age range is usually ages 5-8. There are three 45 minute practices that are available per week. Participation in meets is determined by the swimmers, coaches, and parents.

Silver Group I:
The Silver group I is the second level that HSC offers. The swimmer must have knowledge of all four strokes and be comfortable with swimming at least 4 lengths without assistance. In addition to fine tuning all four strokes, turns, and starts, the focus of the group is to introduce swimmer to the training for the sport of swimming. The use of the pace clock and structured swim sets are introduced and used in the development of the swimmer. The age range is usually ages 8-11. There are five one hour practices available per week. Participation in specific meets is encouraged, and participation in other meets is encouraged.

Silver Group II:
The Silver Group II group is the third level that HSC offers. Swimmers must have working knowledge of how to use the pace clock and be comfortable in structured sets. The focus is primarily on technique and efficiency in the water. This group is used as a feeder group for younger swimmers transitioning into Gold Group and play other sports. The age range is usually ages 9-12. There are five one hour and 30 minute practices a week available. Participation in specific meets is encouraged, and participation in other meets is encouraged.

Gold Group:
The Gold Group is the fourth level that HSC offers. The primary focus of this group is to prepare swimmers for the demanding training regiment of the Senior group. Swimmers must be focused, determined and hardworking. Swimmers will do extensive work on technique and interval training and must be motivated to consistently improve. There are five 2 hour swim practices and three 30 minute dry land training sessions available per week. Participation in meets is encouraged.

Senior Group:
The Senior Group is the fifth and highest level that that HSC offers. This group is for highly focused Swimmer’s whose focus is to reach the highest levels of swimming they can achieve. Though time is spent on technique, the focus of the Senior group is a highly aggressive training regiment. This group is for hardworking and highly educated swimmers. There are five 2 hour swim practices and three 30 minute dry land training sessions available per week. Participation in meets is encouraged.

For more information, please contact us. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Last Updated on January 6, 2014
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