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Swimmer-centered, parent-supported, coach-driven, and TEAM-minded!
 

At ZAP, we are a character-based swim community; We offer a myriad of different swim programs, both competitive and non-competitive, to meet the physical and mental needs of swimmers. All programs are swimmer-centered, parent-supported, coach-driven, and team-minded. We offer a wide variety of levels of swim training and coaching, developed and structured with the purpose of creating a long-term passion for competitive swimming. Our professional coaches are enthusiastic, demanding and passionate, and make our different programs challenging, interesting and fun for each swimmer. Whether your child races at a local level, is a member of a Junior Olympic travel team, National team, or just had a great summer novice experience, or recently passed swim lessons, your child has a place within ZAP.

Aquatic posture, stroke technique, mechanics and efficiency, in addition to kicking and cardiovascular endurance, make up the foundation of skills in our program’s levels. We believe in allowing young swimmers to develop as they mature, supporting them as they grow into strong, efficient, mature, and self-reliant athletes and leaders. We strive to prepare each child for the path, rather than preparing the path for the child.

Minimum requirements at each level are intended to allow our coaches to work more effectively within their practices, not to segregate or isolate. Assessment is ongoing throughout the season, and every March and August/September a level placement for the following season is communicated to families. Our coaches always have your child’s best interest and long-term development in mind. The decision to consider, initiate and approve a move is the responsibility of the coaching staff only. When coaches move a child from one level to another they use the 3-pronged approach to make their decisions. We take the following into equal consideration:

1. The emotional and developmental readiness of the swimmer (personal responsibility)

2. Physical abilities of the child (training and meet performances)

3. Swimmer's goals and habits demonstrated over the past year

If any one of these is not in place, we believe it is not the best time to move your child. When the coaching staff has observed that all three are in place, we begin initiating your child’s move to a new and more appropriate level. 

We hope our website will give you a taste of our swim community, but we know that a website is never a substitute for spending time and visiting. We invite you to come and see for yourself.

As always, if you have general questions, please call the ZAP Hotline (310-922-4525). If you have questions about your individual swimmer, your swimmer's primary coach should always be the first person you go to.

 

"Taking Swimming to a Higher Level."