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The George Haines International Swim Center 2625 Patricia Drive, Santa Clara CA 95051

The George Haines International Swim Center includes three heated outdoor swimming pools. The main pool is 25 yards by 50 meters and can be set up as short course (Twenty-three 25 yard lanes) or long course (Nine 50 meter lanes). There are two 6 lane, 25 yard pools adjacent to the main pool . One of these pools is the diving well and is used for diving and synchronized swimming (home of the Santa Clara Aquamaids). The other 25 yard pool is a 3 1/2 foot deep pool where swim lessons are taught year round.

There is a large covered bleacher space that is used to seat 5000 spectators and participants. Parking is limited at the International Swim Center, especially during swim meets.

 


 

The History of Santa Clara Swim Club

Santa Clara Swim Club was founded by George Haines, considered one of the best swim coaches in history. The club has received many awards and honors throughout the years. These range from World Records, Olympic Champions, World Champions and Sullivan Awards to Male and Female World and U.S. Swimmer of the Year.

Santa Clara Swim Club also has one of the richest traditions in the history of amateur sports.  Donna de Varona, Don Schollander, Mark Spitz, Chris Von Saltza, and Pablo Morales have trained and competed for Santa Clara. The club has produced 51 Olympic gold medals, 17 silver, and 12 bronze during its proud history.

From the days of legendary coach George Haines to its current head coach, John Bitter, Santa Clara has remained committed to developing champions not just in the pool but in all walks of life. Discipline, sportsmanship, hard work, and team involvement are stressed throughout the program. Through the dedication of its swimmers, coaches, and parents, Santa Clara Swim Club carries on this tradition, continuing to contribute to the sport of swimming in the United States.

The yardstick of excellence established at Santa Clara Swim Club is the measure that all  other clubs face when looking to achieve recognition and greatness.

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