Fall 2023 Tryouts and Registration

Update 8/8/23, 2PM: We just set a record! Fall Session filled up almost immediately this year. We are only able to take 100 swimmers and we have now exceeded that number. Please do sign up and you'll be added to a wait list. We often have a number of swimmers change their mind and drop. All families will be emailed in mid-August to confirm your placement.



Regular Practices: September 13 - December 21



INTERESTED IN SEA PUPS FOR NEW SWIMMERS AGE 5-8? Fill out the registration form below and check yes on the first box. We are checking for interest at this stage, this program will depend on coach availability. Sea Pups is a program for beginner swimmers and would be 30 minute sessions, 2 days a week, for 6 weeks. Coaches will be in the water with swimmers. Price will be approximately $100. Sea Pups is for swimmers who still need a coach to be in the water with them, and their placement will be determined at team try outs.


New Sea Lions

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 6PM: TRYOUTS for new swimmers. New swimmers MUST register using form below by August 31 so we can plan adequately for coaches and lifeguards. Swimmers will check in between 5:30-6PM then enter the pool at 6PM. Swimmers will be required to complete a short swim test (warm up, a few laps with and without kickboard, down 25 freestyle, back 25 backstroke) before joining the team. If for some reason your child is not ready for SeaLions, you will not be charged. Tryouts take approximately 30 minutes. Parents are allowed on pool deck for this event only. For typical practice you can watch from the balcony.


Returning Sea Lions

WEDNESDAY, SEPT 13 OR THURSDAY SEPT 14, 6 OR 7PM: Check in/first day of practice for new and returning swimmers. Fill out registration form below by September 8, space is limited and if you sign up late you'll be placed on a wait list. Swimmers will check-in, pay registration fee if you haven't already via Paypal, and will enter the pool at either 6 or 7PM, depending on which session they are in. You will be emailed prior to the first day to let you know which session you are in!


All Sea Lions

WEDNESDAY, SEPT 13 AND THURSDAY SEPT 14, 6:45PM: Parent informational meeting! If you are new to Sea Lions or just have a question, come to this session to hear all you need to know about being on the Sea Lions team. We'll meet in the cafeteria area.



This session will have two practice times for Developing and Intermediate swimmers, either 6PM or 7PM start time. Coaches will determine new swimmer level at try outs. Preferred practice time can be chosen on the sign up form, below. Please note that times are subject to minor changes based on enrollment numbers.

Sea Lions is a competitive swim team with a family friendly atmosphere. If you are interested in swim lessons, please visit the city pool programs website HERE.

For general Sea Lions information view our FAQ page.


Payment Options

Invoices will be sent from our PayPal account after registrations are received.  Payments from those invoices may be made by:

  1. Debit or Credit Card.  Pay directly from the email invoice.  Online payments include a 3% processing fee.
  2. At the On-Site Check In.  We accept cash, money order or checks made out to St. Johns Sea Lions.
  3. By Mail.  Check or Money Order payments may also be mailed to:

        St. Johns Sea Lions
        800 S. US27 #108
        St. Johns, MI 48879


See pricing in form below. Each additional child is discounted 20%.

Practice Schedule
Developing (WHITE GROUP): Monday - Friday (6-6:45PM OR 7-7:45PM)
Intermediate (GREY GROUP): Monday - Friday (6-7PM OR 7-8PM)
Advanced (RED GROUP): Monday - Friday (6-7:30PM)
Elite (BLACK GROUP): Monday - Friday (6-8PM)


Thank you for your support and we hope you have a good experience with this online registration.  If you have any questions, please contact Board President, Suzie Fromson at stjohnssealions@gmail.com.