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Northern Lights

Swim Club

 

ORGANIZATION

NLSC is an organization dedicated to providing the Cook Inlet Area community the best choice in swimming instruction through the highest competitive levels.

Northern Lights Swim Club (NLSC) is a coach owned, Booster supported, organization. NLSC provides a skilled coaching staff and training facilities, as well as an environment where swimmers can pursue their goals.

The Boosters 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 group.

The Northern 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.

The Northern 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 board.


STRUCTURE

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 international competition.

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.


Northern 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. 

MISSION STATEMENT

We will promote and develop the sport of swimming by providing opportunities in a healthy environment.

VISION STATEMENT

To inspire and enable our members to achieve excellence in the sport of swimming and in life.


CORE OBJECTIVES

  • Build and Maintain the Base

    We seek to expand and maintain our membership to the extent that we can provide them the best possible swimming experience. We are especially committed to sharing the values of our sport with young people who may discover that swimming is an activity they can enjoy for their entire life. 

  • Achieve Competitive Success

    Northern Lights 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 us. 


PHILOSOPHY

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 team mates.


The 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.