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Membership Information
 
DESERT THUNDER AQUATICS CLUB
P.O. BOX 6196
 
CHANDLER ARIZONA 85246
480-855-7024

2016 Annual Membership Information

 

New and returning swimmers may register for our year round program at any time with the approval of the coaching staff. New swimmers will be placed in training groups based on their experience and stroke mechanics. Please contact one of the coaching staff of the pool you wish to attend for more information on our training groups.


We offer all traing groups at our Chandler location:
Chandler - Chandler High School Pool

 

 We are pleased to offer electronic payment processing and registration! The process is simple for both new and returning members. You’ll get access to your own private account that will enable you easily declare for swim meets, sign-up for jobs, see your children’s swim times histories, maintain your own contact information, and more. Begin the registration process by clicking on the Start Registration in bright red on the left hand side of the webpage!

We look forward to having you join the Desert Thunder Aquatics Club and are excited for another great season!

 


 

DESERT THUNDER AQUATICS
TRAINING PROGRAM
 

AGE GROUP TRAINING PROGRAM

Blue Group


 

Admittance-  Must be 9+ years and know how to swim all 4 strokes legally. Swimmer will be asked to complete and evaluation with JD1 coach.

 

Group format-  This is a 9 & up age group for swimmers who are just getting into competitive swimming. They will learn how to perform all strokes/turn, dive mechanics, and underwater swimming. They have the option to compete in USA Swimming sanctioned meets.

 

 

Attendance-   3 practices offered per week.

 

Gold Group


 

Admittance-  Must have a 10 & Under B time standard. Age of group is 9-14. Swimmer must be committed to attending meets, the practice requirement, and attending the end of season championship meet at the highest level attained.

 

Group format-  This group is a 9 & up age group designed to develop and improve an already solid foundation in all four strokes and prepare swimmers for competition. Swimmers will be challenged to combine stroke technique, speed training, and mental discipline to create a level of fitness appropriate and sustainable for competition. This will be done all while promoting a sense of accomplishment in personal goal setting and dedication to the sport.

 

Attendance-  3 practices per week is the minumum. Practices are offered 4 days per week.

 

**The Gold Group Coach reserves the right to make exceptions for the good of the individual and group development. 

 

White Group


 

Admittance-  8 years old maximum age. Must know all 4 strokes. Swimmer will be asked to complete an evaluation with White Group Coach. Committed to attendance of the end of season Championship Meet.

 

Group Format- The group is designed to help the swimmers achieve a solid foundation in all strokes, as well as   be introduced to the team environment. Consistent technique work is the main focus. Swimmers will also work on race specific training, as well as heavy emphasis on starts/turns/dives. The goal of the group is to grow a passion that will carry this into a lifelong sport.

 

Attendance-  Practices are offered 3 times per week. 2+ is recommended.

 

Junior Championship Team



  Admittance- Must have a 10 & Under State time standard achieved. Swimmer must also be committed to practice requirement, and attending highest level of Championship Meet achieved.

Group format- This group is designed to prepare swimmers for highest levels of Age Group swimming. There is a huge focus on mental preparedness/goal setting, and how those factors affect performance. Swimmers will work on race-specific fitness, stroke/start/turn shaping, race strategy dependent on season, and test sets to help develop speed with consistent stroke counts. 

Attendance- Practice minimum is 4 times per week. 5-6 practices per week is recommended.   

 **The Jr. Championship Coach reserves the right to make exceptions for the good of the individual and group development.***

 

Pre-Senior Championship Team


     * Swimmers are committed to season-ending meet respective to their level of qualification.
     * 80% attendance rate required.
     * Swimmer should miss no more than one week of training on site within each season.  If a swimmer does travel they are expected to arrange pool time and train while traveling.
     * Training Model:
          - race-specific fitness
          - stroke, start, and turn shaping
          - race strategy development specific to the season they are in
          - test sets to help development speed maintenance with consistent stroke counts
          - swimmers are required to attend practice with a Pre-Senior level training pace chart
          - implementation of Tempo Trainer and Tow Cord training tools to consistently train swimmers at 95-110% of their maximum swimming velocity.

 

SENIOR TRAINING PROGRAM

Senior Development Team

For the developing Senior/ high school athlete. Goals are mainly pointed at improvement and readiness for high school swim season. Swimmers not committed to attending a season ending meet.

   * Training model is designed for long-term development of race-specific fitness, stroke shaping, and race strategy so they are prepared for the day they commit to being a member of our Championship Team.

 

Senior Championship Team -

Swimmers are committed to season-ending meet respective to their level of qualification.

* 80% attendance rate required.

* Swimmer should miss no more than one week of training on site within each season.  If a swimmer does travel they are expected to arrange pool time and train while traveling.

* Training Model:          -

*race-specific fitness - stroke, start, and turn shaping

*race strategy development specific to the season they are in.

*test sets to help development speed maintenance with consistent stroke count

*swimmers are required to attend practice with a Senior level training pace chart

*implementation of Tempo Trainer and Tow Cord training tools to consistently train swimmers at 95-110% of their maximum swimming velocity.

 
 


 
 
Fee Structure & Policies


Annual Membership Fee

Annual Membership Fee - $126 per swimmer
Seasonal Membership Fee (September-December or April-August) - $86 per swimmer

The annual membership fee includes the following:

USA Swimming Athlete Registration Fee
$54.00
Arizona Swimming Athlete Registration Fee
$12.00
Desert Thunder Annual Membership Fee
$61.00
Total Annual Fee
$127.00

The seasonal membership fee includes the following:

USA Swimming Athlete Registration Fee
$30.00
Arizona Swimming Athlete Registration Fee
$12.00
Desert Thunder Annual Membership Fee
$44.00
Total Annual Fee
$86.00

 

Gold Group

This fee is a combination Registration fee which covers insurance liability and membership with USA Swimming and a pool rental fee based on total rental costs/ year.

Registering September 1st thru March 31st: $235
Registering April 1st thru August 31st: $125
All fees are non refundable. 

 

Blue Group

 This fee is a combination Registration fee which covers insurance liability and membership with the team  and a pool rental fee based on total rental costs/ year.

Registering September 1st through March 31st: $105
Registering April 1st through August 31st: $60

All fees are non refundable  

White Group

This fee is a combination Registration fee which covers insurance liability and membership with USA Swimming and a pool rental fee based on total rental costs/ year.

Registering September 1st thru March 31st: $165
Registering April 1st through August 31st: $95
 

All fees are non refundable  

Family participation program

This will be our fifth year that Desert Thunder Aquatics will have our volunteer program. This program is applicable to all groups training at Chandler Aquatic Center.

The primary purpose of this program is to encourage members to participate and assist with sponsored activities, which helps to build a stronger team! Activities include DTAC hosted swim meets, banquets, fundraisers and parties. One exception is at meets hosted by other teams where volunteer timing is requested by the participating teams. The volunteer program will run for the swimming calendar year, beginning October of the current year, and concluding in August the following year.

New families joining after the first 6 months will have their required hours prorated.

If a family prefers to assist for only some hours or not at all they may simply pay for the unworked hours at a rate of $10/ hour and their obligation will be met. We ask anyone choosing to opt out and pay their hours to do so by December 1st of that year. At the conclusion of the swimming calendar year, any uncompleted hours will be invoiced to the family at the rate of $10/hour.

 

Monthly Fees

 
 Training Group
Monthly Fee 
   
Junior Championship Team
$140
 Pre-Senior Championship Team
$145
Senior Development Team

$145

Senior Championship Team

 

$155
 

 

  • Monthly fees should be mailed with  to the team’s billing address: DTAC, PO Box 6196, Chandler, Arizona, 85246 - Please do not hand your monthly fees to your coach!!
  • Monthly fees are invoiced on the 21st of each month.
  • Monthly fees must be paid in full if the swimmer participates for one or more days in any month. Monthly fees are not prorated!
  • Late Fee - Monthly fees must be received by the 15th of the month.
    Payments received after the 20th of the month will be assessed a $30 late fee.
  • Returned Check Fee - $20 will be charged for each check returned for insufficient funds.

 

 

Swim meet/ competition fees

Competitions are encouraged but not mandatory, with the exception of all championship level meets for which the swimmer(s) are qualified and the team is attending.  

AZ LSC surcharge $6.00
Entry/ result process fee $1.00
Individual event  fee  $3.00 to $6.00 per individual swim (depending on type of competition)
Website maintenance/coverage of relay fees       $.50 per individual event