Team Membership

Click here to join or renew your Orca membership for 2015. You must be an Orca Swim Team member and USMS member to buy passes and swim with us.

Orca Memberships purchased now are good from date of purchase to January 1, 2016.

Orca Swim Team

Swim Schedule for the New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! The 2015 practice times are available on the Orca Calendar. Remember you need to renew your USMS and Orca Swim Team memberships for 2015 to swim with us.

You should also plan on heading to Stockholm for the 2015 IGLA Championships/Eurogames. Early registration discounts apply for IGLA teams until January 1, 2015.

Fat Salmon Committees & Volunteers


We are excited that Orca is going to be hosting the 2015 Fat Salmon Swim, that jewel of an open water challenge held in our own backyard! The date is SATURDAY, JULY 18th!

Meg has amazingly volunteered to chair Fat Salmon and oversee Orca’s acquisition of this premier Open Water event. Thank you Meg, for this and your many contributions to the team.

This is a big event and we are going to be looking for help of all kinds but at the moment we are identifying people who will head up committees:

  • Sponsorship (prizes, event donors, finisher awards)
  • Marketing (twitter, facebook, website, photos?)
  • Logistics (equipment rentals, facilities arrangements, course layout)
  • Safety (boats, kayaks, liason with metro staff)
  • Refreshments (post race, will likely work closely with sponsorship)
  • Registration (q&a from participants, day of check in)
  • Volunteers (for all the various parts)

Even if you’re on the fence let Meg know. Our estimated time commitment is a monthly meeting from January-May and then bimonthly meetings until the race on July 18th. If you’re not interested in running a committee but still want to be involved in some other way please let Meg know.

Orca Swim Team Holiday Break

We can’t believe we are down to the last practices of the year! Tonight (Wednesday 12/10/14) and tomorrow morning (Thursday 12/11/2014) will be the last practices of the year at Seattle U.  The pool is closing at 8 next week which means we will not have practice because of our late schedule.  In the mean time the Board has agreed to pay for any Orca member with a pass to swim at the Medgar Evers Pool “Masters Workout” next week on Tuesday or Thursday at 7pm.

If you want to stay swimming over the break, and we know you do, Medgar Evers Pool, just nice blocks from Seattle U at 23rd and Cherry has a “Masters Workout” at 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you have a current swim pass, the board will pay for you to swim with this group. Please arrive by 6:50pm There is workout provided by the pool staff and plenty of lane space to swim with a group. The cost is $6.50 if you would like to bring a friend. A USMS membership is not required.

A list of additional lap times is available on the city website at:

http://www.seattle.gov/parks/aquatics/currentschedule.htm

A list of local masters groups and practice times is available at the PNA website:

http://www.swimpna.org/w/PNA/places-to-swim/

POTLUCK AND WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT EXCHANGE

The Holiday and December Potluck is this Saturday December 13 at 7:00! Hank has graciously volunteered to hold at his place. We will again have a white elephant gift exchange. Please bring a gift in the $15 range if you’d like to participate.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING

If you plan to do any holiday shopping or other shopping throughout the year on Amazon, please use the Orca Amazon Smile site. He team receives 0.5% of your purchases as a donation without any cost to you.

You can select Orca Swim Team when you register with Smile or shop directly at the Orca Swim Team Amazon Smile Site.

Don’t worry.  We won’t know what you buy on there.

USMS 2015 RENEWAL

You can now renew your 2015 USMS. We encourage you to renew now so you can swim right away in the New Year. New members, this is a great time to buy USMS membership as it covers 2015 and makes some special discounts on swim and sporting gear available through the new year. Click here to renew.

ORCA TEAM MEMBERHIP AND PASSES

The board has approved the same membership and pass prices for next year. These are much lower than most masters teams in the area. Please renew and purchase a pass so you can swim with us at out first practice of 2015 on January 5. You can do so at the Orca Store.

WOMEN’S ONLY PRACTICE

The next Women’s Only Practices will be tonight and then again on January 14. We will have two pools: one will be the women’s only practice and the other will by our typical practice. The word is getting out among PNA swimmers and we plan to advertise this. Women’s only practices come recommended from both USMS and other IGLA teams as a way to boost membership among women. It is free to women USMS members.