BGCProvidence Aquatics

Home of the Riptides Swim Team


 Jonathan Chaisty, Aquatics Manager 

Telephone: (401) 709-4813  Email: [email protected]

Programming Across Our Clubs

At our Fox Point, Wanskuck, and South Side Clubhouses, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence feature indoor, heated, 25-meter pools. Under the watchful eye of trained and certified lifeguards, parents have the comfort of knowing their children are safe and learning to swim at their own pace. Recreational swim is incorporated into Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence summer camps, after-school, and teen programs, and members at sites without pool facilities are offered free transportation to South Side, Wanskuck, and Fox Point. Swim lessons, as well as American Red Cross First Aid, CPR, and Life guarding courses are also offered during select times of year at at least one of our Clubhouses. Our pool facilities include changing areas, lockers, and showers, and our pools are open year-round!

*Must be a member of BGCP. For more information, contact our Aquatics Manager, Jonathan Chaisty.

Swim Team

We are happy to start Swim Team Practice on October 3rd, 2022.

Here at the Providence Boys and Girls Clubs, we are proud of all the work and effort the Aquatics Team puts in to provide a high quality Swim Team Program, at an affordable cost. We have dedicated Coaches with decades of experience both in the water as competitive swimmers with enough medals to weigh you down, and out of the water as award winning coaches(We even have an RI Aquatics Hall of Famer!). Our Head Coach, Jeff works alongside our Aquatics Director, Jonathan and our team of coaches, Doug and Jackson, to bring a competitive but, positive experience for swimmers ranging in ages from 5 years old up to 18 years old. The Riptides are excited to be able to say, we have 9 RIMA Swim League Championships, winning the last 7 in a row and going for the 8th in a row this year! We also take a group of qualifying swimmers down to St. Petersburg, Florida in April!

Coach Jeff always says, ‘Weather your swimmer is just here to be part of a team, and have fun or wants to be a state champion, there’s a lane for them on the Riptides.’


What you need to know:

  • All practices will be held at our Fox Point Clubhouse. We may be required to utilize the South Side Clubhouse pool if we can’t fit everyone in comfortably at Fox Point and we get to a point where our numbers are hurting the quality of the practice.
  • We Practice 5 days a week, Monday through Thursday being endurance and preparing for meets. Fridays we bring our practices together, to allow our younger and older swimmers to come together through team bonding and mentoring while focusing on things like Dives, Flip turns and stroke development.
  • -12& under along with any new swimmers will start first practice at 4:30p and finish up at 5:30p.-Second Practice starts at 5:30 & ends between 6:45p and 7p
  • If your child is a returner and normally practiced with first or second practice, they’ll continue to practice with the same group to start off. We will move kids (new and returning) up to second practice as we see their abilities improve.
  • Parents and family are welcome to come in and watch but, it is not a requirement that parents/guardians be present during practice.
  • Swimmers have access to changing facilities and showers but are encouraged to come ready to swim to save time and avoid high traffic in locker rooms at the start of practices.
  • Price- $30 Yearly Membership
    • $300 For swim team (Payment Plans Available Upon Request)
    • $40-$60 for Team Swim suit


Do you want to become a LIFEGUARD?

BGCP offers the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course which provides entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide professional-level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel take over. This program offers Lifeguarding/First Aid/AED courses to meet the various training needs of a diverse audience.

Contact Jonathan Chaisty to inquire when classes will be offered.

We are not offering classes at this time. But will let you know when we do!

Swimming Lessons

We are not offering classes at this time. But will let you know when we do!