The tadpole program is for beginning swimmers who may need more help in practice. It is not swimming lessons. (Swimming lessons are offered at the pool mornings after schools are out.) In order to participate as a Tadpole, a swimmer must know the basic fundamentals of swimming and be able to swim independently for one lap. The coaches/parents/swimmer will decide when a swimmer is ready to participate in meets and graduate to the regular swim team age group practice session. The general criteria used to determine when a child is ready to move up are the ability to 'legally' swim freestyle 25 yards and backstroke 25 yards for multiple laps.