About HSA

Heartland Team Philosophy

The results of competitive swimming go beyond learning swimming skills. Success is not only measured in how fast a swimmer swims, but in personal growth and development. Each team member achieves success. The reward of swimming includes pride, self-esteem, commitment, and leadership.

In a positive, supportive environment, coaches and swimmers work together so that each swimmer has the opportunity to reach their highest potential. By setting, obtaining and reviewing goals, individuals can achieve at any level. Winning occurs when a swimmer enjoys the process of their training and competitions as well as when they bring home a ribbon.

Whether just beginning to swim competitively, staying active and fit for the game of life, or prospecting for Olympic Gold, Heartland Swim has a place for you.

For more information about joining one of our year-round teams please see our Welcome Letter under the documents tab at the top of the page.

Our Teams:

Senior Team: Coach Pat Tope - Advanced High School Age Swimmers - Strong emphasis placed on competition, conditioning, and technique. Practices may be held at Montgomery Middle School, El Cajon Valley High School, Granite Hills High School, or Grossmont High School.

Senior Development Team: Coach Doug Selby - Intermediate High School Age Swimmers - Emphasis on stroke development, conditioning, and technique. Senior Development is a great starting point for the 13 and up swimmer. It is also a fantastic transition team to our Senior team. Roughly half of the current Senior team began or passed through the Senior Development Team. Practices at Grossmont High School.

Gold Team: Coach Kevin Eslinger- Intermediate and Advanced Swimmers ages 11 - 14 - Technique, conditioning, race strategy, and competition. Practices at El Cajon Valley High School.

Junior Gold Team: Coach Anhton Tran, Thomas Faucher & Colin Culkin - Beginning and Intermediate Swimmers Ages 6 - 12. 

The primary goals in Junior Gold are developing proper stroke technique and establishing good swimming habits for the future. We focus on learning and refining all four strokes, as well as starts and turns. In addition, we incorporate conditioning sets to build swimmers’ aerobic fitness and endurance. Practices at El Cajon Valley High School.

Junior Gold swimmers include:

  • Beginners who can swim at least 25 yards freestyle and 25 yards backstroke. These swimmers usually attend novice and “C” meets.
  • Intermediate swimmers between the ages of 6 and 12 who typically attend A/B/C meets.
  • Advanced 10 & under swimmers who qualify for Junior Olympics, Far Westerns, Zones, and other more competitive meets.

Summer League: An excellent introduction to competitive swimming. Instruction on all four strokes. For more information click on the Summer Programs tab at the top of the page.

Masters Team Grossmont: For those 19 years old and above. Click here for more information.


HSA Fees Effective January 1, 2017
Monthly Dues:
Senior Team - $158
Sr. Development - $128
Gold Team - $148
Jr. Gold Team - $110

Basic dues are billed monthly and are due by the 15th of the month. There is a $15 late fee which will be charged for any account not paid in full by the 15th. 

A $10 per month, per swimmer, military discount is available for Active Duty only.

Each family is expected to support the team with a $50.00 Annual Membership Fee, which is billed in January (or the month you join the team after that), team volunteerism and one Team Fundraiser annually, the Aquafest, held in the fall each year. The expectation of the Aquafest is that each family will raise at least $150 or “buy- out” with a $150 donation per family.

In addition, as approved at the 2016 March Board Meeting, each family will be billed $15 for each Heartland Hosted Swim Meet as a snack bar underwriting fee. These meets generally occur in January, March, August, September and October.

The Meet Entry Fee Deposit is a requirement for all year-round swimmers. This deposit requires parents to front the team $50 in advance meet entry fees as the team is required to submit payment for entry fees when the meet is entered but the family is not billed until the end of the billing cycle. This deposit covers the team during that period. The deposit can be refunded when you leave the team or we will gladly accept it as a tax-deductible donation!