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          What is Hilton Head Aquatics (H2A)?

H2A is a NON-For Profit local competitive swimming club that competes in the South Carolina LSC. We are a USA Swimming team member and part of the Southern Section of the Eastern Zone. H2A members include new swimmers to the sport, all the way up to national level swimmers. Our 3 member coaching staff is highly qualified with almost 40 years of experience among them coaching swimmers at every level of the sport. 

 

Team Mission

Hilton Head Aquatics is a non-profit organization and member of USA swimming, founded in 1984.  Our Mission is to promote and encourage the growth, enjoyment and development of competitive swimming. We provide swimmers with the opportunity to reach their full potential and earn success in the sport through dedication, perseverance and hard work.  Through their actions, swimmers learn key skills that they will carry with them throughout life.

Group Structure

There are multiple training groups (5) based on swimmers mental and physical skill sets. Under our structure, swimmers move up incrementally, on their own individual paths, through the sport. We do not move swimmers up before they are ready to strengthen their enjoyment/fulfillment of the sport and to prevent burn out.

 

Triangle Team Philosophy

H2A has a three-part philosophy where each member has a specific role in making the team successful:

 

Coaching Philosophy

Our team has a long term, progression based philosophy. We help develop the "Whole Swimmer" and focus on all four strokes: swimming, training and racing a wide range of events that allow our swimmers to have the best opportunity for future success. We do not pigeonhole swimmers by just focusing on one stroke or specific events at a young age. In addition we set up our swimmers who wish to continue in college or masters swimming after they are finished at H2A. 

 

Swimmer Philosophy

Our swimmer philosophy is "You Only Deserve What You Earn". We focus on team, goal setting, self-empowerment, understanding discipline, coachability, sacrifice and the importance of consistency.

 

Parent Philosophy

Parents are the final part of the triangle of success. Our parent philosophy is for each parent too not only support his or her own swimmers but all swimmers/families on H2A. Parents have a crucial part in supporting the coaching staff and the swimmers through volunteer hours, duties and obligations needed to drive our organization.  

 

 

The Way We Work

H2A is a network and synergy of coaches, parents, and swimmers, each having their "SPECIFIC" role and duties in helping the team. The coaches take care of all coaching related duties (the wet side) and the parent elected board, committee members, volunteers take care of the administrative work (the dry side) to provide the swimmers the opportunity to pursue their goals in the sport. We are a DRAMA FREE team that prides its self on everyone doing their part to help make H2A what it is today. If you are looking to coach or manage your swimmers athletic career H2A is definitely "NOT" the place for you!

 

TEAM HISTORY

Hilton Head Swimming began in 1984 to provide a summer swimming program for Island youth and is one of the oldest Non-For-Profit groups on Hilton Head. The swim team is now known as Hilton Head Aquatics or H2A. A volunteer Board of Directors elected by the membership governs Hilton Head Aquatics. The Board, along with the 3 coaches, and volunteer hours by the families and swimmers, strive to achieve a level of excellence in competitive swimming. 

In 1991, the team progressed to a year round competitive swimming program. By 1995, over sixty-five swimmers participated in the year round program. H2A has continued to grow in size and scope with participants from Hilton Head, and the Beaufort County area. Members of the team attend public and private schools in these communities. The year round program, sanctioned by USA Swimming, is comprised of swimmers between the ages of 5 and19.

The rigorous training required year-round to compete in the sport of swimming produces positive results outside the pool such as self-discipline, time management, and goal setting.  Many of our team members are honor roll students, academic achievement award winners, including Academic All-Americans.  Additionally, they are involved in leadership positions at their schools, which will enable them to be future leaders of our community. 

 

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT OUR COACHING STAFF OR BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE SEE THE COACHES TAB AT THE TOP OF THE SITE.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN HILTON HEAD AQUATICS.  WE HOPE TO SEE YOU ON DECK SOON.