You had your free trial, and you liked it. Now what?
Here is how to enroll for the first time, as an Olympia student and club member:
A. Start by signing up for a $15.00, non-competitive membership with the USA Fencing Association.
While this is may be a lengthy process, you only have to go through it once; this membership must be renewed at the beginning of each fencing season (August 1st), and the renewal process is quick and easy.
B. Class Enrollment with Olympia Fencing Center
- Follow this link to our membership portal, to enroll in a beginner class of your choice.
Please note that you can only register after you attended a trial, and only for the beginner-level classes.
For all others (more advanced fencers) please email us!
- Please stick with the class you have booked; no switching between classes/days.
- No make-ups for the missed classes; your attendance is your responsibility.
Occasional make-ups may be allowed on a case-by-case basis, must be scheduled by email, and are subject to availability.
- Please note that memberships are ongoing (they never end) but cancelations can be done easily by emailing us.
Verbal cancelations are not accepted, please read our club’s policy on our website.
Read more here about class fees, rental terms, owning your gear, canceling your membership, and gear returns.
What to wear to classes
- Long, athletic pants.
No dresses/skirts, un-tucked, loose-fitting clothing.
- Clean/dry sneakers, tennis shoes, or comfortable, closed-toe shoes.
Please no boots, sandals, flip-flops.
- Bring a water bottle.
A filtered water fountain is available for refills.
What happens after you register?
We’ll meet you in the lobby, and sign your child in his/her class.
They’ll receive a name tag and the rental gear package, which you can take home and use moving forward.
Read more here about the terms and conditions of the rental gear.
Your first month’s fee can be pro-rated.
There is no annual club fee for any beginner programs.
10 mins: Warm-up Games
5 mins: Structured Run/Active Stretching
10 mins: Footwork
10 mins: Suit Up
25 mins: Drills/Fencing
Summary of your membership terms
— The monthly membership consists of the monthly fee for the class of your choice, plus the $15.00 fencing gear rental fee, and can be pro-rated (if the case).
— You may take the gear home, clean it and use it for as long as you wish.
We’re glad to resize when the time comes, at no cost.
A detailed description of the gear loaners policy can be found on our website.
— You may buy your own gear at any time during your membership, or continue renting indefinitely.
We recommend buying after about six months, and a new gear package is cheaper than renting.
— There is a $100.00 security deposit on the gear rental which is to be refunded when you return the gear or applied to your purchase if buying through the club (at the same price as the vendors).
— Please pick a day of the week for your class and stick with it, no switching from class to class.
— Cancelations must be done in writing (email), not by phone or verbally.
The fencing gear rental must be returned within the 10 days from the cancelation, to ensure your deposit refund.
— No annual club membership for any beginner programs; please read more on this page.
Please remember to bring your rental to each class. Fencing gear is costly to buy in large amounts, and we have a limited number of items to loan.
If you lose your loaned items, you get charged the price for each and must replace the lost item to continue fencing. The full gear package is secured against a $100.00 deposit.
The club is not responsible for the lost items.
All these policies are available on our website, as well as all the details about classes, coaches, schedule, club closures.
There is no access to any class without a current USFA membership, your gear loaner, or while wearing an inappropriate outfit (long athletic pants, clean/dry sneakers, no dresses or skirts).
Parents, please note: our students’ safety is our foremost priority.
– Fencing is a physical sport. The games we play in the introductory classes may include running, jumping, and physically interacting with similar-age peers. Additionally, our trained staff may assist your child in suiting up and changing out of fencing gear. If there is anything we should know about your child to help them feel most comfortable during this class, please let us know. (i.e. difficulties with attention, sensory challenges, being unusually shy in new situations, need for special medication, inhalers, etc.)
This information will help our instructors to safely engage your child and ensure everyone’s well-being.
We hope that our students will love fencing with us, and we are happy to help the parents with purchasing new gear, weapons, and everything they may need as they’re moving forward through the different class levels, at the same price as the vendors.
This is only offered to our club members only, to lessen the stress related to sizing and learning about different types and options.
Here is the link to the page where you can read more about returning your gear loaner, fencing equipment prices, and other club gear that you may like to buy.