Westover Hills Club offers top rate seasonal programming in a safe, family-friendly environment. Club amenities include a 4-lane 25m heated pool with diving boards, a sun-filtered wading pool, surrounded by sunbathing areas, covered cabanas, and decking shaded by majestic oak trees.
About: Westover Club is the home of the Westover Wild Orcas Summer Swim Club, otherwise referred to as the “Wild Orcas” or “Orcas.” Since the late 90’s the Wild Orcas has been coached by 1972 Olympic Triple Gold Medalist, Sandy Neilson-Bell, and her very capable & swimmer-friendly staff, all of whom have been former Orcas! The Orcas belong to the 7-team North Austin Aquatic League (NAAL).
Family-Friendly: For most families, summer club swimming becomes a family event. Volunteerism is necessary & expected (especially & mainly during meets your child swims) but parent commitment and reliability are the only qualifications for Parent Volunteers. While Orcas owes much of its success to parent involvement, that involvement has tended to introduce many new club friends. Hope you’ll join the fun and meet your new Orca friends next season!
Practices: Orca Practices begin 5/13/19 and are held after school until AISD is out, at which time practices move to the morning hours. See Practice Times for general outline of age-group swim times during the season.
Meets: In 2019, the Orcas will swim 6 dual (or Tri) meets against other League teams. The first meet will be held on 5/18/19 with the last meet to be the “all-inclusive” final meet (Champs) with all member teams on Saturday 6/29/19. You will find the basic schedule on the home page of www.wildorcas.com. updates will be made as the season nears.
End-of-season Pool Party: The annual “Orca Bash” will be held Sunday 6/30/19.
Swimmer Eligibility: In order to participate on the summer team, all new Orcas must exhibit proficient skills during swim evaluation:
• swim 25 yd freestyle, exhibiting consistent proficient side-breathing patterns
• swim 25 yd backstroke exhibiting proficient kick & stable horizontal body position
• show ability to focus on instruction, amidst large group, for 30-45 min session
Children & grandchildren of members of the Westover Club between the ages of 5 1/2 and 18 (age determined on May 1) who meet the skill requirements have registration priority. When team size permits, a limited number of non-members from the surrounding neighborhood will be considered.
If a swimmer is not yet swim-team-ready be sure to ask the coach what skills are necessary and keep an eye on the pre-season program designed for kids (min. age: 5 as of 1/1) who are not quite ready as well as those who just want to “tune-up” for summer season.
Registration & other info: Returning Orca registration will be in March while registration for newbies will begin in April. Look for team information in the Spring club emails or keep an eye on:
Spring / Pre-Competitive (“Mini-Team”) — pre-competitive swim lessons for “not-yet-ready” Orca Wannabes (minimum age is 5 as of 1/1) and older, who are already water-safe, comfortable & can hold focus in class environment for close to 25min. We do our best to get them ready for the team!
Spring / “Tune-Up”— a pre-summer program for “Junior” or “Teen & Tween” swimmers who have had summer or other “novice” type club experience and are looking to improve swimming skills and gain stamina for the upcoming summer club season.
Summer / “Mini-Team” — pre-competitive swim lesson session for children 4 & older who may not yet know how to swim with proper technique but are comfortable in the water in a class setting. Great for those looking to swim next year with the Wild Orcas!
Coached Swim for Kids (post Orca Season) — There is life after Orcas! This session is for swimmers who would like to train on a casual level but may not “yet” be interested in year-round competition. While enjoying the camaraderie of a swim-training group, swimmers will work on age appropriate skills. This program is usually held late summer and into the school year depending on interest.
Call/Text Sandy: 512-327-0955 | Or, go to: Coachtogo.com
TeamTexas Masters — open to adults ages 18 and older of all skill levels. TeamTexas offers training for competitive swimmers, triathletes, and fitness swimmers & boasts a happy and supportive group of swimmers with whom to train. Come learn new skills, build your stamina, and enjoy new swim friends. Beginners & somewhat out-of-shape former swimmers welcome! If you can get across the pool in some fashion, we can work with you 🙂
M,W,F @ 7-8a (June through Sept)
M,W,F @ 7-8a and 8-9a (Oct through May)
Discount for WO Members when at Westover & for GH Members when at GH
Call/Text Sandy: 512-327-0955 | Or, go to: Coachtogo.com
• Please contact individuals teachers. They are paid directly.
Rob Mack, Pool Manager — $35 for :30 (add $10/person)
Cooper Bell, Wild Orcas Asst. Coach — Cooper has had over 15 years of coaching & teaching experience with Westover Wild Orcas & TeamTexas Masters. He has an excellent eye for proper technique and works well with ages 5 through adult. He is available to teach or coach private or semi-private lessons at the following Westover Member/Wild Orca swimmer rates: $40/30min, $50/45min, $60/1hr (add $5/non-member or $10/swimmer). Call/Text: 512-210-4234
For information on Olympian Sessions —or— other coach/instructor availability please contact:
Sandy Neilson-Bell: 512-327-0955 (call/text) | www.coachtogo.com
Adult fitness swimming is available only to members over 18 who have a season’s signed release on file with the club. Authorized adults must swim with at least one other authorized partner, and must register in the log-book at the office counter prior to entering the pool area. Under no circumstances may anyone under 18 swim or be present inside the fenced pool area at Westover during adult fitness swim. Please make sure the pool gate is securely closed when you are “buddy swimming” and that it remains closed (locked) when you leave the pool area.
Cabanas can be rented for $45 for 2-hour period with maximum of 30 people. The grills are available for member use. Please, no glass containers in pool area. Users are expected to clean up after you are done. For reservations: 512-345-4235.
Guest swimming passes may be purchased by members from the office for $20 (good for 10 visits) or single day passes for $3.00 per adult guest ($2.00 18 years and under) or $1.00 per non-swimmer spectator fee.
For your safety, please abide by all rules posted at pool side. Do not bring glass or chewing gum inside the fenced pool area.
Club Manager: Brendan Sheehan
Aquatic Director: Sandy Neilson-Bell
Pool Manager: Rob Mack