In keeping with the philosophy of providing quality swimming programs for athletes of all ages, abilities and interest levels, Mt. Hood Aquatics offers several levels of training and professional instruction. The coaching staff determines the swimmer’s training level, with parent agreement.
MHA Swim School
MHA Swim School offers a comprehensive “learn to swim” program for children of all ages. Lessons are available on Monday and Wednesday evenings throughout the year at our Reynolds and Barlow sites. Lessons are also offered Saturday mornings and during the summer at Reynolds.
As a part of MHA Swim School, Race Club prepares swimmers to successfully transition from lessons to competition. Athletes are introduced to starts, turns, and the four competitive strokes. Most swimmers are ready to join team after two to three months of Race Club, at which point your child will be recommended to advance to White Squad.
This level is for swimmers who can properly perform the basics of the four competitive strokes, and are ready to learn more advanced stroke technique. Swimmers will be working harder and will need plenty of family encouragement, although having fun and personal improvement are still the primary objectives. Athletes are introduced to Inter Squad swimming meets at this point, and begin to reap the rewards of their efforts. The training schedule is 2-3 practices per week, plus Inter Squad and dual meets. Membership on White Squad is a month to month commitment.
In this transitional level, swimmers move from primarily stroke instruction to actual competitive training. Careful attention is given to stroke technique, but an equal emphasis begins to be placed on learning how to train. Regular attendance is strongly encouraged in order to achieve the maximum benefits from training. The training schedule is 3-5 practices per week, plus Inter Squad, dual and invitational meets. Membership on Red Squad is a month to month commitment.
Gold Squad constitutes the first level of the Mt. Hood program at which training is emphasized. Swimmers in Gold Squad receive a strong conditioning background that will prepare them for competition at higher levels of USA Swimming. This squad provides committed and motivated swimmers the opportunity to train seriously and set goals for State and Regional competitions. Training Schedule: 5 practices per week, plus a comprehensive meet schedule.
Senior I Squad
Senior I is an introduction to the Senior III squad, MHA’s highest level. Swimmers practice in conjunction with the Senior III squad at Mt. Hood Community College while maintaining a training and meet schedule similar to Gold Squad. Training Schedule: 6 practices per week, plus a comprehensive meet schedule. Full season commitments (Short Course, Sept.-Feb.; Long Course Mar.-Aug.) are required for membership on Sr. I and Gold.
Senior III Squad
Senior III is the highest competitive level within the MHA structure. Swimmers engage in a training program enabling motivated individuals to successfully achieve personal and team goals. Requirements to join and remain on Senior III are set by the Head Coach, and include a full, one year commitment (Sept.-Aug.) to training with the squad. The training schedule includes 7-9 practices per week, weight training and drylands training as determined by the Head Coach.
These training groups are geared toward athletes wishing to compete at the high school level, or those who enjoy swimming to stay in shape. Swimmers may attend up to, but not more than, three practices per week. In addition, the Recreational level may not compete in meets.
MHA, in collaboration with Oregon Reign Masters, is able to offer Masters swimming in addition to our other programs. Please visit Oregon Reign Masters web site for more details at: www.oregonreignmasters.org.