Practice Information

Practices are organized by age groups and ability.  The head coach will be on the deck coordinating the practice with 2-3 assistant coaches in the water.  We ask that swimmers arrive at practice 15 minutes prior to their start time in order to participate in stretching. 

Regular attendance at practice is an important part of becoming a successful and confident swimmer.  However, we realize that vacations, summer camps and other special events are just as important.  If at all possible, please let your coaches know when you will be absent.  If you have any questions or concerns about what goes on during practices, please contact one of the coaches.

Spring Warm-ups

As part of the LMST program, there are five practice dates during the spring before the season begins. This allows swimmers to get reacquainted with swimming and the coaches’ time to become familiar with the swimmers.

Spring Warm-ups will be held on the following Sundays: April 9th, April 23rd, April 30th, May 7th and May 21st

Ages 6 & under and 13-18 will practice at 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Ages 7-12 will practice at 3:00 - 4:00 PM

These practices will be held at:

Fairview Swim Club
707 Belvedere Blvd
Charlottesville, 22901 

Directions to Fairview Swim Club



Regular Season Practices*

Swimmers can choose to attend morning or evening practices during the season. Swim meets will be held on Wednesday nights at 6pm. Swimmers should plan to be at the pool at 5pm. There will be no Thursday morning practice following a meet.


2017 Outdoor Practice Schedule

Morning Practices: May 30 - June 2
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
7:00 - 7:45 AM - 9 years old & older
7:45 - 8:30 AM - 8 years old & under

Afternoon Practices: 
May 30 - June 2
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

6:00 - 7:00 PM - 8 years old & under     
7:00 - 8:00 PM - 9 to 12 years old 
8:00 - 9:00 PM - 13 years old and older


Morning Practices: June 5 - July 21 
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday                 
7:00 - 7:45 AM - 9 years old & older
7:45 - 8:30 AM - 8 years old & under           

Afternoon Practices: 
June 5 - July 21 
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
6:00 - 7:00 PM - 8 years old & under     
7:00 - 8:00 PM - 9 to 12 years old 
8:00 - 9:00 PM - 13 years old and older

Fun Friday is an optional practice and is held on the Lake Monticello Main Beach at 8:15 - 9:15 AM every Friday.

The Practice Schedule for the week of Champs (July 24 - 28) will be determined at a later date.

*Practice groups are subject to change based on registration tota
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LAKE MONTICELLO’S LIGHTNING AND THUNDER POLICY

Lake Monticello’s management and pool employees follow the recommendations of the Red Cross and the National Lightning Safety Institute in their guidelines referring to pool safety in the event of thunder and lightning. Their policy is that the pool must be cleared for thirty minutes after thunder is heard.  You may remain on deck until lightning is seen during this time.  At the first sign of lightning the pool deck must be cleared.  No one will be allowed back on deck until thirty minutes after the last instance of thunder or lightning is observed.


The pool manager is ultimately responsible for requiring the clearing of the deck, keeping the time since the last event, and allowing the return of swimmers to the deck.  All pool staff are responsible for initiating warnings for thunder and lightning, the clearing of the pool deck, and in assisting in the return of swimmers to the pool deck upon the completion of the elapsed time. There is shelter to be had under the deck of the main clubhouse next to the pool, with the possibility of waiting out the storm in the bottom level of the clubhouse.  If room is not available we would suggest returning to your vehicles.

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