Welcome to Vipers of Albuquerque Swim Team
This parent handbook has been prepared by our coaches with years of swim parent input to help your family get off to a great start with our team!
By choosing Vipers of Albuquerque Swim Team, you have joined of the premier swim teams in the United States. Vipers of Albuquerque Swim Team is designed to offer young athletes a challenging path of self-discovery through the vehicle of sport.
Vipers of Albuquerque Swim Team is a competitive swimming team affiliated with USA Swimming that employs a staff of highly skilled professional coaches. We offer programs for swimmers of all ages and abilities, from the five-year-old beginner to Olympic Trial Qualifiers.
The mission of Vipers of Albuquerque Swim Team is to provide opportunity for each swimmer to reach their highest potential while encouraging self-esteem in a safe and supportive environment. The value of this mission is derived from the gradual acquisition of life skills such as accountability, teamwork and sportsmanship which are fundamental to pursuing personal excellence through the sport of swimming.
Vipers of Albuquerque Swim Team subscribes to a philosophy of teaching and training that provides for maximum long-term performances for its swimmers both in and out of the pool. We are divided into five (5) different groups based on a variety of factors that include age, ability, maturity, performance and attitude. The center of our coaching philosophy resides with the building of a foundation of strong technique and a love for racing through a strong aerobic base. Leadership and accountability are two essential "life skills" we strive to develop in our athletes. As swimmers progress through the programs, they will be given more responsibility for their swims and performances. Our athletes learn self-discipline, time management, sportsmanship and goal setting - important lessons that will ultimately prepare them for life after swimming.
Our staff is dedicated to the success and improvement of our team as a whole and of each individual swimmer. We are confident that you will enjoy the VAST experience and wish you success in your swimming endeavors.