Columbia Aquatics Association

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The Columbia Aquatics Association (CAA) is a competitive and instructional Swim Team sponsored by the Columbia Association in Columbia Maryland. The Clippers offer a complete program for swimmers of all skill and interest levels; ages 6 to college level. The team has various Practice Groups based on a combination of ability and age.  Practices are scheduled Monday through Friday afternoons and evenings, weekday and weekend mornings and Sunday evenings. Practices are held at the Columbia Swim Center and The Supreme Sports Club. Attendance requirements and mandatory meet participation vary with Practice Group placement.

Columbia has had a competitive swim team since the late 1960's. The present day Clippers began in 1987 with 30 swimmers, mostly 12 years old or younger. The number of swimmers has increased each year, as has the level of training offered. The Clippers now number over 300 swimmers.

Mission Statement

The Columbia Aquatics Association is a registered USA Swimming Club and a member of the Maryland Local Swim Committee.  Our mission is to promote the sport of competitive swimming for all ages through positive motivation, providing a safe and supportive environment, and the teaching of proper stoke technique.  We strive to produce swimmers who are able to excel in competition at all levels from novice to national.


CAA instills the values of respect, teamwork, confidence, and self discipline in our staff, swimmers and their families.

Our swimmers know that success is achieved through hard work and goal setting.

Our swimmers grow as athletes and individuals who are able to contribute to their team, family, and community.

Our parents are actively involved in our team and provide a positive influence for our swimmers.

Our staff, swimmers and their family members work together to achieve success in competitive swimming.

Our team’s accomplishments are a result of the strong commitment of our staff, swimmers and their families.


To provide a safe and enjoyable learning environment for all our team members.

To set ethical and moral standards for our staff, swimmers, and their families.

To provide the best possible instruction at all levels within the team.

To have swimmers continually strive to achieve higher standards.

To provide organized team and group activities.

To have our staff, swimmers and their families dedicate the time required to achieve each swimmer’s goals.

To have our team recognized as a valued member of our community.