NLSC is an
organization dedicated to providing the Cook Inlet Area community
the best choice in swimming instruction through the highest
Swim Club (NLSC) is a coach owned, Booster supported, organization.
NLSC provides a skilled coaching
training facilities, as well as an environment where swimmers
can pursue their goals.
support the swimmers by facilitating competitions and social
events, as well as financing such things as equipment purchases and
travel costs. The Northern Lights Swim Club is supported by
two parent booster organizations. One set of boosters works
to support the Anchorage group, the other the Palmer
Lights Swim Club Anchorage Boosters (NLSCB) are administered by an
annually elected Board of Directors. The elected Board of Directors
consists of a Chair, a Vice-Chair, a Meet Coordinator, an
Activities Coordinator, a Finance Officer, a Secretary, and two
Member-at-Large Officers. A Coach and a Past Chair serve as
non-voting members of the Board of Directors.
Lights Swim Club Palmer Boosters (NLSCPB) are administered by an
annually elected board of Directors. The elected Board of
Directors consists of a Chair, a Vice-Chair, a Secretary, and a
Treasurer. Coaches serve as non-voting members of the
The Northern Lights
Swim Club is a member of the Central Area within Alaska Swimming
(ASI), which in turn is a subdivision of USA Swimming.
USA Swimming is the National Governing Body (NGB)
for amateur competitive swimming in the USA. USA Swimming is
responsible for the selection of USA National Teams, which compete
at the Olympic and World Championships as well as other
Alaska Swimming Inc. (ASI) is divided into four areas: Northern,
Southeast, Southcentral, and Central. NLSC is assigned to the
Central Area. Competitions are held within the Central Area at all
levels, beginner to advanced.
Members of NLSC compete in meets at all levels of the USA Swimming
program, in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, and nationally. Part of
the commitment of NLSC is to develop swimmers that have the
opportunity to compete at the elite levels. NLSC has a strong
tradition of success at all levels of competitive swimming.
Lights Swim Club is a leader in the Cook Inlet area and the State
of Alaska for the sport of swimming. As a club member of
Central Area Aquatics, Alaska Swimming Inc., and USA Swimming, we
provide programs and services for our membership.
We will promote
and develop the sport of swimming by providing opportunities in a
To inspire and
enable our members to achieve excellence in the sport of swimming
and in life.
Swim Club has enjoyed unparalleled success in competitive swimming
with in the Cook Inlet Area and the State of Alaska. We seek
to continue this tradition of competitive excellence. When
our athletes achieve success in fulfilling their goals and dreams,
our community benefits from the inspiration these athletes give
There are many rewards for the
person who trains as a competitive swimmer. Physical fitness,
mental alertness and the joys of competitive success are
obvious. Perhaps more valuable, are the development of a
positive self-image and the lessons that discipline and effort lead
to the achievement of goals. Also valuable is learning that
work results in improvement and that time can be managed to include
physical activity, education and social activities. Swimmers
cannot avoid developing nutritional awareness and the benefits of
eating properly. In addition, swimmers develop an awareness
of their responsibilities to themselves, their parents, coaches and
NLSC is a competitive organization. The competitive emphasis
is on developing the athlete to compete at the highest level the
swimmer can attain. In ascending order of difficulty these
levels are: Dual Meets, Invitational Meets, Alaska Age Group
Championships, Alaska Junior Olympics and Long Course
Championships, Senior Championships, Pacific Northwest Age Group
and Senior Sectionals Championships, US Open Championships, Senior
National Championships and Olympic Trials.
The coaches strongly encourage, but do not require, swimmers to
participate in meets with the goal qualify for competition at
higher level competitions.