Winter 2023 Tryouts and Registration

 Welcome to the 2023 Winter Season!

UPDATE: Winter session is now full but wait list families will be notified around 1/15 if a spot opens up!

TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 6-7PM: Check in/first day of practice for RETURNING SWIMMERS ONLY. Easiest way to register is by filling out online form below, then arrive on this day to check in. Swimmers will enter the pool at either 6PM or 7PM, depending on which session they are in. You'll be emailed before this day with your session time, but if for some reason you don't know when to arrive, you can come at the same time you did in previous sessions until you hear otherwise.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 6PM: TRYOUTS FOR NEW SWIMMERS. New swimmers MUST register by 1/9 or earlier. No registration on the day of try-outs. Easiest way to register is by filling out online form below, then arrive on this day to check in and have swimmer try out with a swim test. Also a great chance to meet some Board members and ask any questions you may have. Swimmers will check in then enter the pool at 6PM. Swimmers will be required to complete a short swim test: warm up, a few laps with a kickboard, one length (25 Meters) freestyle, one length backstroke, before joining the team. If for some reason your child is not ready for Sea Lions, you will not be charged.

Session runs January 3 or 11 - March 10.  This session will have two practice times for Developing and Intermediate swimmers, either 6PM or 7PM start time. Coaches will determine your swim level at registration. Preferred practice time can be chosen on the sign up form, below. Friday is not a regular swim practice, but City open swim, which is free to registered Sea Lions swimmers.

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


Session cost is $135.    No swimmer may participate without completing the online registration form including liability waiver.  Multi-child discount applies to household family members only:  2nd child $105, 3rd+ child $85 each.

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

Fridays Open Swim 6:30-8PM

Additional Information

  • The coaching staff will evaluate new swimmers to determine group placement.
  • *Please Note - New swimmers will be required to complete a short swim test before joining the team.  Refunds will be issued if swimmer is unable to complete the test and asked to try again next session.
  • All fees must be paid before the child swims.

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