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Rockwood Parks and Recreation Swim Team

The Rockwood Swim Team was founded in 2011, with 13 swimmers and no equipment. With the support of the community, they joined The Greater Knoxville Area Swim Association and competed as exhibition. Each year the swim team has grown. The summer of 2015 had 51 swimmers to sign up and several swimmers placed in the top 30 in their age group against many year round swimmers.

The team has raised money and purchased five lane lines with reel and covers, 52 kick boards, 52 pulls, 50 sets of hand paddles, 20 sets of ankle locks, two storage containers, and five blocks covers. The team continues to be the least expensive team to join in GKAISA, with a registration fee of $50. The City of Rockwood bought and installed five starting blocks in 2014. The city totally supports the team and is proud of the major milestones, they have reached in such a short period of time. The head coach is Cassandra Dothard who coaches the 11-18 year olds. She is assisted by Carly Schrade who focuses on ages 7-10.

Swim team coaches volunteer their time and put countless hours into fundraising. The swim team holds an annual silent auction and spaghetti dinner at First Christian Church in Rockwood each spring, to help with the annual costs of participating, for GKAISA fees, entry fees, ribbons, caps, tent rentals, equipment replacement, and purchasing additional equipment.

The team practices at the Rockwood Community Center pool from 9-11am from the first week of June until the City Championship meet. Sign-ups begin in April and are available online at the team’s website: and at the Rockwood Community Center during a 2 day registration drive. Also check out our Facebook page (Rockwood Swim Team) for more information!

Many have asked about pool parties, swim lessons, and all that goes on at our community center during the summer. The pool will open May 29-June 1 at 12:00pm for open swim until 5:00pm. The pool schedule will go as follows for the remainder of the summer.

Monday- Friday
Swim Team: 9:00am-11:00am
Swim Lessons: 11:30am-12:30pm
Open Swim: 1:00pm-5:00pm
Lap Swim/Water Aerobics: 5:15pm-6:00pm
Swim Lessons: 6:15pm-7:15pm
Pool Parties: 7:30pm-9:30pm

Saturday & Sunday
Pool parties will begin at 11:00am and will proceed in 2 hour increments.

Swim lessons will begin Monday, June 4. The cost is $40 for a 2 week session, 5 days a week. You can choose either the morning or evening session. We will have as many lessons as people that sign up for them.

The cost of open swim is $3-Adults (18+), $2-Students (K-12), Free- 3 & below.

The cost of lap swim and water aerobics is $1.

The cost of a pool party is $80 for a 2 hours party.

If you would like to sign up for swim lessons or a pool party, please contact the Rockwood Community Center at 865-354-0434. Please share to spread the word.

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