BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Tide Swim Team at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center will be holding tryouts for the 2016 fall/winter short course season.

The tryouts for swimmers ages 6 to 18 will be held July 24 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the JCC, on Talamini Road.

The season will begin in mid-September.

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The Tide team is a year-round competitive swim team affiliated with USA swimming. It provides instruction and training to a variety of skill levels, and swimmers compete in local, state and national meets.

The team has about 150 swimmers, and abilities range from novice through national level competitors. Swimmers on the team are grouped based on age, ability and commitment level.

Practices for the team are between 45 minutes three days a week for beginning level swimmers to nine 1.5- to 2.5-hour practices for the highest level group.

The team competes in meets throughout New Jersey, in meets like the New Jersey Junior Olympics, and swimmers also compete in regional and national level meets.

The season runs from September through March.

For more information, call Tide director Ward Weilans at 908-725-6994, ext. 252, or email