Sea Dogs 2019

Our coaching staff has a combined coaching experience of over 40 years.  We offer a competitive swimming and diving opportunity with a focus on fun.  The Sea Dogs compete in weekly Monday afternoon diving and evening swimming meets with other teams in the Country Club League.  Members may choose to be a member of the swim team, dive team or both.  Practices are on Monday - Friday mornings from early June until mid-July.

Swim Team Philosophy

The Swim Team at Kinsale is a summer club sport. In no way should it be confused with an Olympic training facility. Thus the focus of our swim program will be the following in order of importance:

1. Fun
2. Sportsmanship
3. Good Swimming Techniques
4. Fast Swims

Over the past 40+ years that I have been coaching, I have found that number 4 above usually results as a natural by-product of a strict adherence to numbers 1-3 above.   I do not want to push children at such a young age to the point where they feel the sport not something they want to do anymore.  It is my intention to expose your children to what I feel is one of the best sports.  I feel it is one of the best sports for the following reasons:

1. It is a sport in which one can participate for a lifetime.

2. It is a sport with few injuries because the body’s weight is supported by natural buoyancy.

3. It can be done without having to get others together to form a team.

4. It allows accomplishment on an individual basis so one can measure their own progress.

5. Being an able swimmer opens the door to other sports and activities such as: water polo, scuba diving, water skiing, boating, fishing, surfing, sailing, windsurfing, jet skiing, body surfing, diving, etc… .

6. When your child goes to High School, they will find a group to belong to in order to fit in. I challenge you to find a better group in any High School than the swim team. Every team I have encountered has been hardworking, disciplined, and quite frankly too busy to get into trouble!

I have had many swimmers go on to great accomplishments in the sport but they did so only after enjoying their first experiences.
This is why I feel it is important that we establish realistic expectations for our swimmers and our program.

Developing Swimmers

Most of our swimmers, regardless of age, are still developing swimmers.  While it is a great experience to be on the team, it can not replace the small group instruction of the lesson program.  Almost all of the swimmers on the team would benefit from either SwimAmerica or private lessons.  Unless your swimmer has mastered all four competitive strokes, they should be taking lessons to become better swimmers.


The fee for being a member of the Kinsale Swim or Dive Team is $175 for the season. Cost to be on a second team (dive team) is $100 
Developing swimmers, those who are in need of group or private lessons, will be assessed an additional fee of $120.00, if NOT enrolled in 3 weeks of group lessons or 2 private lessons each week during the season. Coach Thom will notify the parents of swimmers in need of lessons. Please contact him with any questions.


No team apparel is required, however there are a plethora of items, including the team suit, that can be ordered in the pro shop at the club.
All Sea Dog Merchandise at The Signature Shop.


Please direct any other questions to Thom Green, the Aquatics Director.


  • Attendance
      Summer is a busy time for us all and each family has different time requirements.   For this reason I set forth no requirements for attendance.   This being said, a swimmer’s achievements can directly be tied to their level of effort in practice.  In the past we have had parents ask me why their child could not perform a skill, such as the butterfly stroke, and our answer sometimes is that we have done it in practice several times but your child was not in attendance.  It is our recommendation that you establish a goal with your child that they will attend 2, 3, 4 or 5 practices a week and stick to it.   You can use this as a way to teach your child the important skills of commitment, discipline and scheduling.  Each Sunday you may want to discuss with your child which days that week they will be attending, set the schedule for the week, and then work with your child to adhere to it. It really can be a great way to develop an important part of your child’s maturing process. 

      It is very important that you sign your swimmer up to participate in every meet.  The coaches make the lineup well before the day of the meet.  Due to problems in the past, we have found it is best to have parents sign up for meets they will attend rather than those they will not.  The sign up list will be posted near the front desk of the pool the Wednesday before the Monday meet.
  • Meet Days
    • Swimming Meets and Team activities
      May 27  Monday        Memorial Day parade.  Meet on Grace Dr in Powell – more information forthcoming
      June 7    Friday Intra-squad meet.  4:30 warm-up
      June  11 Tuesday @ Jefferson Country Club  4:30 warm-up
      June 18  Tuesday Host Medallion Country Club  warm-up TBD
      June 25  Tuesday Host Columbus Country Club  4:30 warm-up
      July 2    Monday @ Wedgewood Country Club  4:30 warm-up
      July 9  Tuesday Host Tartan Fields Country Club 4:30 warm-up
      July 11  Thursday Dive Championships at Jefferson Country Club time TBA (late afternoon and evening)
      July 11  Thursday Senior sleep-over at the pool.  (11 and over only)
      July 14 Sunday Swim and Dive Spirit Party at the pool 6-8pm
      July 16  Tuesday Championship Finals @ The Ohio State University time TBA (late afternoon and evening)
      July 17 Wednesday Team Banquet at Scioto Reserve time TBA

      Diving Dual Meets
      Dive meets will be conducted prior to the swim meets.  Start times will be set in order to finish the dive meet about one hour before the beginning of the swim meet warm-ups.  Columbus Country Club, Jefferson and Medallion do not have dive teams so every effort will be made to schedule another team that week that is in the same situation.  More information on the Dive team schedule will be forthcoming after the dive coaches meeting in May.The first meet is an intra-squad meet (think of it as a dress rehearsal for parents and swimmers).Championships are for everyone.  Each swimmer may swim up to three individual events.  Each team is allowed to have only one relay per gender per age group thus many of the swimmers who have been in relays during the season will not be on one at Championships.


  • Communication
    • Communication will be done via email and you should be receiving these from Swim Team Mom, Jennifer Nester.
       Please direct any questions to Thom Green, Head Coach, at