Volunteer Information

Swimarin is an all-volunteer, parent-led organization.  The success of our team and home meets depends upon active participation and support from all parents. Please read  How To Volunteer for all details.


Swimarin Volunteering FAQ’s

We are not going to be at every meet, can I sign up for more than 1 job per meet?  Yes, you can double up, but undrestand the team needs coverage for all meets, both morning and afternoon.

What is a floater and what will I be asked to do? A floater fills in wherever needed in any given meet.

What if I miss a shift?  If you miss a shift, you many be charged a no-show fee, which is currenlty set at $125. We haven't had to charge this yet, so don't become the first. Instead, find a substitute (family member or friend) or trade jobs with another parent.

What is a “team” job?  Team jobs include data desk, snack bar, and meet set-up and tear down. If you have a team job you will do different jobs within a team for the entire season but will only be required to work at the home meets. 

What is a “season-long” job?  Similar to the team job, if you do a season-long job such as Costco Shopper, Stroke and Turn Judge, Starter you will do that one job all season.  

I have never been to a swim meet, how will I know what to do?  All of the jobs are easy to learn and a fun way to get to know other families on the team. Time Trials is our first "meet" of the season. This meet is just our team and is a great way to "practice" your new  job.

What time will my shift start and end?  Times listed for all jobs are approximate and are based on the first and second half of each meet. It is important that you remain flexible on these times as they are impossible to predict exactly and is dependant on the number of swimmers. Generally speaking, meets against larger teams take a bit longer. Typically, first half jobs begin just before the meet and run to or through the mid-meet break. Second half jobs begin after the mid-meet break.

We have kids in other sports so it’s hard for us to volunteer.  Many of our swimmers participate in other sports. Try to plan ahead as best you can, and ask other experienced parents for advice. You always have the option to pay the buy-out fee of $500.

This sound serious, what have I gotten myself into?  Relax!  Yes, there is a lot of information, but you have lots options. These jobs are easy and enjoyable! Swimarin is full of amazing and helpful families that are happy to show you the ropes and help you out in any way they can. Don't take your job too seriously and have fun so your swimmer can have fun, too!