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About CAST

MISSION STATEMENT

As an organization, we will help provide youth with an environment where they can actively pursue their dreams. College Area Swim Team, through its swimming programs, will continue to provide the best growth and learning environment possible.


VISION STATEMENT

Our vision is:

  1. To provide the highest quality swim team possible
  2. To provide excellence in every aspect of the organization
  3. To allow swimmers to hold the dream of one day becoming a world-class athlete; and while holding that dream, having the life-enhancing values listed below become part of their lives.



PHILOSOPHY

We take pride in our positive motivating environment, where learning and growth go beyond swimming. Success of every participant is measured by the lifelong benefit of sharing and developing the following values:

 

 

Self Confidence
Academic Achievement
Leadership
Respect for Others
Lifelong Swim Skills
Responsibility
Self-Motivation
Time Management
Integrity
Self-Esteem
Dependability
Independence
Pride
Sportsmanship
Commitment

 

 


COACHING

Dave Kilmer leads our program. Dave began his competitive swimming in San Diego, swam his high school years with Mission Viejo Nadadores, and returned to San Diego to compete at SDSU. His coaching career began when SDSU cut their swim team in 1984. He has been a leading coach in San Diego ever since.

In addition to Dave, we have a great staff of professional coaches. Our professional staff provides an incredible learning environment for all levels of swimmers from beginners through collegiate swimming.



MONTHLY FEES

Monthly fees are charged depending on which level a swimmer is placed in. See our monthly fees on the Membership Info page. The group your swimmer is placed in will be determined by the coaching staff and while parents will be told what group their child is eligible for, the parents will not have a say in making that decision.



REGISTRATION FEE

There is an annual registration fee which not only lets you swim with the team, but also allows you to be entered in USA Swimming sanctioned competitions and includes insurance during practices and meets. The team's liability insurance requires that all team members be registered with USA Swimming within 30 days of joining CAST. Click here for USA swimming registration forms . If purchased after September 1st, the registration is valid through December 31st of the following year (i.e. a registration purchased on Sept. 10, 2014 is valid through December 31, 2015). The low income outreach program offers a reduced fee USA swim registration for low income families.
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Seasonal registrations are available during the summer months, cost $37 in 2014 and expire the day after the annual La Jolla Rough Water Swim. The registration fee is set by USA Swimming and is expected to increase by $1 per year for the foreseeable future.


FAMILY INVOLVEMENT

CAST is a non-profit organization, run by volunteer parents. Please realize that it takes an enormous amount of volunteer time to provide a professional, quality atmosphere for your swimmer. We have many committees working to provide this. We expect that any projects the team takes on will be done with dedication and pride. For more information, please visit our Volunteer Hours Info page.



FUNDRAISING

It is not possible to provide a competitive swimming program, much less a high quality program, by swim fees alone. The difference between revenue from swimmer fees and what is needed to operate is covered through fundraising.

CAST employs professional coaches. This is a major expense, and is what separates us from other sports coached by volunteers. Providing this high quality environment has many other costs including pool rental, travel, equipment, continuing education for the coaches, etc.

For information on how you can donate, please see our Donations page.


PARENT HANDBOOK

A printable version of the information found on this website, along with other information useful to the CAST parent, is available at the bottom of our Tutorials/docs page: Here