The History of Rattler Swim Club started in 2001 when best friends Adrian Dinis and Kevin Blum co-founded Porter Valley Aquatics out of Porter Valley Country Club in Porter Ranch. They started the team with one swimmer but quickly grew to about twenty within the first year. As the Porter Valley Swim Team grew that first year, Kevin and Adrian also helped Porter Valley Country Club in establishing Porter Valley Swim Lessons, a way for kids in the community to learn to swim at a reasonable price.
The reputation of their programming, both with the Porter Valley Swim Team and Porter Valley Swim Lessons, started to leak out and by the end of year two, the swim team had doubled in size while Porter Valley Lessons began to flourish. Porter Valley Aquatics had their first Junior Olympics swimmers and their first Junior Olympic Top 8 finalists. The lessons program was getting rave reviews on the unique yet extremely progressive approach that Adrian and Kevin taught swim lessons to kids.
Porter Valley Aquatics started to gain respect regionally and nationally over the next few years, achieving Top Ten finishes at Junior Olympics (the only team with less then 200 swimmers to do so), having countless Junior Olympic finalists and champions, sending swimmers to college on scholarships, and even qualifying swimmers to compete at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials!
On February 1st, 2009, the team moved to a brand new 14 million dollar facility in San Fernando and Rattler Swim Club was born and continued to flourish. In October 2015, Liz Derks took the position of Head Coach. As a long time RATTLER coach for our Senior Group, Liz continues to follow the model developed by Kevin and Adrian. Her vision for RATTLER is to build strong, life long swimmers in an environment which nurtures the WHOLE person. Our interim head coach Coach Grant Richman and our assistant coaches, Heidi Zeiger and Rick Courrieu are all Rattler Alumni and intend to continue with our Rattler traditions.
Over the years Rattler Swim Club has had swimmers on the US National Team, Olympic Trial Qualifiers and Jr. National Qualifiers, Many Top Ten finishes at Southern California Championship meets and we are recognized as a Bronze Medal Club (One of the Top 200 swim clubs in the US) by USA Swimming. Rattler Swim Club has proven to be the premiere aquatic program in the San Fernando Valley.