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.
The Y membership fees are used for covering the actual YMCA facility expenses. All Team participants are required to have a YMCA membership and are eligible to participate in YMCA Dual meets, YMCA State Championships and YMCA Nationals. House Swimmers who are members of the Y will also be entitled to compete in YMCA dual meets.
2020-21 Season FEES
Group Name Training Fee Meet Fee** USA Fee Volunteer Fee PPA Dues
Maia (Winter only) $990 $85 $75 $150 $125
Nautilus $1,820 $275 $75 $300 $175
Neptune $1,990 $275 $75 $300 $175
Junior $2,290 $300 $75 $300 $200
"90" $2,510 $375 $75 $300 $200
"105" $2,700 $375 $75 $300 $225
"120" $2,920 $375 $75 $300 $225
Summer 2019 FEES
Group Name Training Fee Meet Fee Volunteer Fee USA Fee PPA Dues
Maia - Summer Conversion $435 $100 $150 NA $35
Maia - NEW Spring/Summer Swimmers $525 $100 $150 $75 $65
Nautilus - NEW Spring/Summer Swimmers $770 $125 $150 $75 $80
Neptune - NEW Spring/Summer Swimmers $820 $125 $150 $75 $95
Juniors - NEW Spring/Summer Swimmers $830 $175
$150 $75 $95
P90 - NEW Spring/Summer Swimmers $900 $225 $150 $75 $120
P105 - NEW Spring/Summer Swimmers $930 $225 $150 $75 $120
P120 - NEW Spring/Summer Swimmers $990 $225 $150 $75 $130
College - Spring/Summer Swimmers $405 $100 $150 $75 $-0-
**Includes refundable volunteer deposit (with the exception of “conversion” swimmers). Also Piranha 120, 105 and 90 group swimmers who do not have a personal training kit will be required to purchase one when the season gets underway. Kits are $125 and include snorkel, PVC pipe, fins, buoy, paddles, buoy board, leg band and equipment bag.
This fee covers the coaches’ salaries and administrative cost.
PPA dues cover a 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.
All swimmers are required to pay an amount for each event entered at a meet.
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. ($8-$12 per event). Payment is made to the host team on each swimmer’s behalf, regardless of whether they actually compete or not.
Depending on the number of meets and events a swimmer enters throughout the year, 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.
Meet fees were not collected for the upcoming season due to the possible hiatus of meets for the first part of the 2020-21 season. The process of collecting meet fees will be changing in the future.
If at any time you have questions regarding a balance or meet charges, contact the Piranha Administrator, Mary McCarthy, at 203-655-8228, ext 1329.
Just like individual entry fees, there are fees for relays. If a swimmer swims in a relay, he/she will be charged. Often, if there are not enough swimmers, relays are scratched. If your swimmer scratches or leaves a meet early does not give the coaches ADVANCED NOTICE (not the day of the meet) and this causes a relay to be scratched, he/she will be charged the fee for the relay. If multiple swimmers scratch/leave early, the fees will be divided among those swimmers.
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.