Fun, Friends & Family at the
Enumclaw Aquatic Center
Swimming - The Sport of
People of all ages remember three things
about their swimming experience: Fun, Friends and Excellence.
Swimming is one of the country’s largest and most organized
youth sports. Swimmers and their parents can participate in
our programs as a family.
Participation is central to RFST. At
swim meets, every child swims - there are no benchwarmers in
RFST’s lineup. Every swimmer contributes to the success
of the team and enjoys the team experience with friends. In
short - they have FUN!
With the fun comes the self-discipline
that every child needs to achieve excellence. Excellence
comes out in more places than athletic performance; however, it
shows up as personal achievement in the classroom, in other
activities and at the pool. It shows up as self-confidence in
every situation and it shows up as personal pride.
RFST’s focus is to promote
competitive and fitness swimming; however a competitive swimming
background is not necessary to join our team. Swimming is the
activity of choice. We do not expect participation to the
exclusion of other normal childhood experiences. We recognize
the value of participation in other activities to benefit each
child’s overall balance and well being.
Experiencing personal success is one of
RFST’s primary goals. With the assistance of our
coaches and the encouragement of parents/guardians and teammates,
each swimmer will set goals relative to his/her desires and
abilities. All participants and their goals are considered of
equal importance. We believe that striving toward and
reaching these goals promotes self-discipline and self-confidence
and that young people who feel a degree of self-worth are
emotionally healthier and more likely to have a positive effect on
Interacting with others in a team setting,
whether by cooperating with coaches and teammates during practices
or by pursuing team goals at swim meets, allows our swimmers to
experience social success as well. Interacting positively
with swimmers from other teams is also vital. We encourage
our swimmers to share respectfully in their competitors'
achievements as well as their own.
RFST utilizes a developmental approach to
swimming - drawing upon the swimming skills already learned from
other programs. We teach the additional skills necessary to
be efficient, competitive swimmers. We also encourage being
physically fit and resolve to take note of the emotional well being
of each swimmer.
Coach & Board Member