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Wissahickon Community Aquatic Club

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  1. Wissahickon Community Aquatic Club WSD Facilities Meeting June 18, 2014

  2. Agenda Aquatic Sports Overview • Swimming • Diving WCAC Overview Challenges Aquatic facility requirements • Swimming requirements • Diving requirements

  3. Aquatics Sports Overview • The Sport of Swimming • Over 300,000 kids in a swim program every year in US • Swimming is a life sport • Safety • Heath • Physical – trains cardiovascular system, low impact, great exercise for your entire body • Psychological – relaxes mind, uplifts spirit • Opens doors to other sports – surfing, kayaking, boat fishing, triathlons • The Sport of Diving • Over 300 diving clubs in the US focused on children 18 and under • Heath Benefits - upper body, notably the arms, and leads to improved flexibility, posture and focus

  4. Who we are Mission Statement: WCAC strives to provide the youth of our community the opportunity to reach their highest personal potential as both an individual and an athlete. We understand that winning is much more than one’s place in the finish of a race, and are committed to helping our swimmers and divers develop a sense of self esteem and pride through both individual achievement and team work. • Not for Profit Organization, serving the Wissahickon Community since 1977 • Sponsor of Competitive Boys & Girls Swim & Diving teams • Over 2,000 total members since Inception • 197 Current members ranging in age from 5 – 18 years old • WCAC is a member of the Suburban Aquatic League (22 teams) • Season runs from September to February • Offer competitive swim program to all levels of swimmers • Provide Scholarship to Senior Swimmers • Give Back to the community – Charity Toy Drive

  5. Who we are • Sponsor of a US swim program • Higher level National Swim Program • More events offered at US Meets • Long Course Competition • Year Round Program • Opportunity to compete in Junior Olympics, Senior Nationals and Zone Meets • Specialized Clinics for the community at large • Late Winter Swim (continued training for competitive swimmers) • Stroke Clinic (Stroke Development and Introduction to competitive swimming) • Spring Warm UP (competitive clinic to get swimmers ready for summer) • Awards, Championships, recognition • 2013 WCAC Boys – Terry Peterson Sportsmanship Award • 2014 WCAC Girls – Terry Peterson Sportsmanship Award • 2014 30 athletes competed in ‘A’ League Champs

  6. Participation SAL Swim Team SAL Diving Team US Swimming Community Clinics

  7. Challenges • Ventilation Issues: • Smell of chemicals • Temperature of deck and stands • Irritation of children’s skin, eyes and throats • Pool Availability: • 6 lane pool, limits size of larger group of younger children • Turn away younger swimmers • Cap programs – Swim Team and Stroke Clinic • Available only 9 hours/week • Late practice times for swimmers (7:00-8:30pm) –Difficult for younger swimmers to attend • Unable to offer AM practices Middle School Aged Swimmers • No Diving facility for our team • Rent space from Upper Dublin at off hours – (charged $80/hour at UD) • Difficult to attract younger divers as we do not get diving board until 8:00PM

  8. Challenges • Loss of swimmers at age 12 and above • Largely a result of inadequate pool time for advanced swimmers • Do not have year round program – no 50M facility to train • 25 Swimmers practice with other clubs (GA, CBST, UDAC) • Inability to attract events to help fundraising & raise WCAC profile • Invitationals • Championship Meets • US Swim Meets

  9. WCAC Facility Needs • Stretch Pool • 8 or 10 lane pool • 50 meters by 25 yards • Deep Water for Lanes for ‘fast pool’ • Ability to hold both diving and swim practice at the same time • Moveable bulkhead • Deck space • Balcony parallel to pool for better viewing • Accommodate 300-400 • Entrance from back • Timing System • Colorado • Dolphin Wireless Timers

  10. WCAC Facility Needs • Diving boards • 1 Meter board (2) • 1 3M board • Ability to host SAL Championship meets and US Meets • Aquatic Director to manage facility