The Piranha competitive swim program is affiliated with both the National YMCA and United States Swimming (USA Swimming). Our Local Swimming Committee is Connecticut Swimming, Inc. (CSI). The fees indicated for our program are reflective of the Club’s participation in both programs and are required of all participants.  
YMCA Membership
The Y membership fees are used for covering the actual YMCA facility expenses. All Team participants are required to have a full Child YMCA membership (vs ‘Member-kid’ membership which is granted free of charge when a parent joins the YMCA) and are eligible to participate in YMCA Dual meets, YMCA State Championships and YMCA Nationals. House Swimmers who are full child members of the Y will also be entitled to compete in YMCA dual meets.
Training Fees for 2012-13
This fee covers the coaches’ salaries and administrative costs


Group Name

Training Fee

Meet Fee**


PPA Dues*

Maia II (winter only)





Maia I (full year)

$970 $200



Nautilus II (winter only)

$800 $250



Nautilus I (full year)

$1,150 $325




$1,400 $400



Junior II

$1,500 $475



Junior I

$1,550 $475




$1,750 $525


*Multiple swimmer families receive a $50 credit for the second child and $35 credit for the third child on their PPA Dues.
**Sr and Jr I & II Swimmers who do not have a personal training kit will be required to purchase one when the season gets underway.  
PPA Dues
PPA dues cover an wide array of important Team expenses not covered by training fees.   Included are funds for Team spirit building social events (eg holiday parties, age group socials, post-practice feasts on the lawn), subsidy for our annual banquet, Team banner,  and Team T-shirts for championships. Also covered are the costs of registering and purchasing uniforms for our Team’s volunteer officials, website support and funds to subsidize swimmer’s costs for travel meets.  PPA Dues are determined during the PPA annual budget process, must be paid in full at registration and are non-refundable.
USA Swimming Fees
United States Swimming is the national governing body for swimming in the United States. The Piranha Swim Club is a member of USA Swimming through the Local Swimming Committee (LSC) of Connecticut Swimming Inc. The Piranha Swim Team participates in USA Swimming sanctioned meets throughout the course of the year. These meets are in addition to the YMCA dual and championship meets. Every Piranha swimmer is required to register with USA Swimming, in order to participate in these meets, as well as be insured while participating in practices and meets. The membership is effective from the September registration date. 
Meet Fees
All swimmers are required to pay an amount specified in the fee schedule for meet fees.  An account is maintained for each family to cover the entry fees charged by USA swimming for each event a swimmer is entered in. 
In preparation for every meet, Piranha management forwards a check to the hosting Team of each meet, with our Team Entry to cover meet fees for the whole Team.  ($4-$8 per event).  Payment is made to the host team on each swimmer’s behalf, regardless of whether they actually compete or not.  These checks are often for several thousands of dollars.  
Swimmers are entered based on check-off lists posted on the Team bulletin board in the YMCA lobby prior to each meet. Depending on the number of meets and events a swimmer enters, their meet fee account may diminish quickly or slowly.   Mid-season invoices will be sent to all families whose meet account balance is low.   No account will be permitted to go into arrears.   Swimmers attending championship meets may be required to make an additional meet fee deposit at the beginning of the championship season.   Payment is due in full upon receipt of any meet fee invoice.
For Team registration, an estimate is made of meet fee charges that each individual swimmer will incur over the course of the season.  The estimated amount must be paid in full at the time of registration.  Individual swimmer meet fee account balances are managed in the Piranha office.  Invoices for additional deposits mid-season, if needed, will be forwarded to individual swimmers.  Meet fee accounts will not be permitted to go into arrears.
If at any time you have questions regarding a balance or meet charges, contact the Piranha Administrator at the YMCA 203-655-8228, ext 329.
Insurance Statement
The Darien YMCA does not provide accident insurance for injuries sustained during YMCA activities. Participants in programs use the facility at their own risk. Members are encouraged to have personal medical insurance coverage.