Central Bucks Aquatic
Central Bucks Aquatics offers three age-group swim teams and a developmental team for community swimmers ages seven and above.* Two of the teams are part of the Suburban Aquatic League (known as the SAL) which is a dual meet league comprised of 23 teams in the Pennsylvania suburbs of Philadelphia. The two SAL teams are the Central Bucks Aquatic Club (known as CBAC) and the South West Aquatic Club (known as SWAC). Members of these swim teams generally have practice available five weeknights, October through mid-February, at either CB South High School or CB East High School, depending on the night of the week. Dual meets, meets in which two teams compete against each other, are held on Saturdays. There are typically seven dual meets each season throughout the months of November, December, and January. SWAC and CBAC swimmers also have access to many invitational meets (meets with several teams during which swimmers compete on an individual, rather than team, basis) which are usually held on Saturdays or Sundays.
The developmental team practices with SWAC and CBAC with three practices available per week and its swimmers may participate in meets when ready.
The Central Bucks Swim Team (known as CBST) is an age group USA Swimming team for swimmers ages nine and over. USA Swimming is the governing body of swimming in the United States. CBST is part of the Mid-Atlantic Local Swimming Committee, known as MA Swimming. MA Swimming encompasses teams in Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware. CBST practice groups have practice available six days a week and practices are generally at either CB South High School or CB East High School, depending on the time of the year and the night of the week. CBST attends many local and travel meets as a team. USA Swimming meets are generally not dual meets with teams competing against each other to “win” the meet but rather, are meets in which individual swimmers and relay teams compete for personal time improvement.
Each Central Bucks School District high school has a swim team available to the students in 9th through 12th grades districted to Central Bucks. Information about these teams should be obtained by the swimmers from their high school coach or school office as they are not administered through the community school.
Determining Which Team Best Suits Your Swimmer
(Please also see note below about the pre-team clinic.):
Team swimming is appropriate for swimmers ages seven and above* who:
· can swim all four competitive strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly)
· have the endurance and attention span to practice for an hour or more (depending on age)
· are able and willing to listen to and respond to coaches’ instructions and suggestions in a team format – they must have the attention span and disposition to work cooperatively in a team practice setting (fairly high swimmer to coach ratio, independent from parent who will be off pool deck and out of locker rooms at all times)
The developmental team is appropriate for swimmers who are not yet ready for CBAC or SWAC but:
- know freestyle and backstroke well and have some knowledge (may be very limited depending on age) of breaststroke and butterfly
- have the endurance and attention span to practice for roughly an hour
- are able and willing to listen to and respond to coaches' instructions and suggestions in a team format - they must have the attention span and disposition to work cooperatively in a team practice setting (fairly high swimmer to coach ratio, independent from parent who will be off pool deck and out of locker rooms at all times)
*If your six-year-old swimmer meets the criteria above and would like to be on a swim team please contact Jennifer Steinberg at email@example.com to explore the possibility of participating in the pre-team clinic or developmental team/team evaluation to determine team readiness.
If you are new to our teams, please consider the pre-team clinic. While swimmers are not required to
participate in the pre-team clinic to participate in the team or developmental team, we
often find (especially with the younger swimmers) that being out of the water
for two months (from when their summer club team ends until our evaluations)
causes them to not be evaluated as ready for the winter team. See pre-team clinic information here.
If you are interested in a swimming program but your child is not team-ready based on this information please refer to the Swim Lessons and/or Clinics sections of this website for other options.
How Do I Know If My Child Should Be On CBAC, SWAC, or CBST
Team-ready swimmers who have not previously participated on a competitive winter swim team are generally best suited to start with one of our SAL teams, CBAC or SWAC, as they provide an excellent introduction to the sport of competitive swimming.
Swimmers ages 9 and over with previous competitive winter swimming experience who are interested in more challenging practices and competitions and are able to swim all four competitive strokes legally are good candidates for joining CBST. While the SAL is highly competitive, the most serious and dedicated swimmers often choose to swim on our USAS team. Many of these swimmers also choose to participate in SAL meets through one of the SAL teams.
Students districted to attend CB South High School or CB West High School and those swimmers who live in the communities surrounding CB South would be members of SWAC.
Students districted to attend CB East High School and those who live in the communities surrounding CB East would be members of CBAC.
Out-of-District swimmers are required to pay a yearly, per family, fee for participation on our SAL teams and USAS team.
High School swimmers often compete on their high school team as well as with CBST and/or one of the SAL teams.
Please see General Central Bucks Aquatics FAQ document available on page linked here.
Click the appropriate team link below or in the menu on the left of this page.