Puma Partners

Puma offers the most comprehensive and professional swim club on the Central Coast!

If you are interested in joining Puma the first thing that you will need to do is fill out a Swim Assessment Form and make arrangements for your swimmer to come into any of our four locations for a swim assessment with our staff. Click HERE for 3 Easy Steps to Join Puma.

Swim Assement Locations and Times

  • San Luis Obispo Kennedy Club: Tu/Th 3:30 pm
  • Avila Bay Club: M,W,F 3:30 pm
  • Atascadero Kennedy Club: M,W,F 3:30 pm
  • Arroyo Grande HS: By appointment: Call Coach Rich Firman at 805-704-1807 to schedule your assessment.

Puma is a supportive, positive swim family for the youth of San Luis Obispo County. The Puma age group program is designed for swimmers ages 5 and over with emphasis on stroke technique, fitness and goal setting. These areas of focus, along with the added goals of swimming fast and having fun, are the key ingredients in making Puma Aquatic Team the premier swim club on the Central Coast.


PUMA Aquatics History

PUMA Aquatics was founded in 1996 by coach Alan Freeman. Originally, the team was affiliated with Cuesta College Community Programs and was named Puma after the Cuesta College Cougars. The team was established with a somewhat unique structure. The team is owned and run by the head coach and supported, in part, by a non-profit fundraising entity. That non-profit was, and remains, the Puma Booster Club, Inc. (PBCI).

Jud Clark took over the team in 1998. In January of 2006, Puma merged with the Kennedy Club Aquatic Team. The team left Cuesta College and began practicing at the Atascadero Kennedy Club and the SLO Multiplex. In the summer of 2007, the South County Aquatic Waves merged with Puma and most recently Puma started a novice program at Avila Bay Club in May of 2015.  Puma continues to grow and share it's positive philosophy of swimming to hundreds of kids on the Cetral Coast!

What does it stand for?

Since PUMA is our club code under USA Swimming, it is often written with all capitals. This makes people think that it is an acronym. So what does it stand for?

"Partying Under My Authority" - Coach Jud
"Playing Under Mucho Agua" - Swimmer Gaby
"Pool Urchins Moving Aloft" - Mom Laura


Welcome PUMA Swimmers!

PUMA Aquatic Team is open to youth swimmers of all ages and abilities. PUMA swimmers are five years old and they are 23. They are training for the olympic trials and learning the backstroke. They are learning to start off the blocks without losing their goggles and they are perfecting their breast stroke pull-down. They are going for that JO qualifying time and they are trying to finish a butterfly race without getting disqualified. They are cheering for their relay teammates during a Fun Friday practice.