Platinum Aquatics (PLAT) is a 501(c)(3) Texas nonprofit corporation and has been an affiliate of USA Swimming since 2011. Formerly associated with Gulf Swimming PLAT joined South Texas Swimming in 2021. USA Swimming, with over 400,000 members, is the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States and is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Olympic Games. The Local Swim Committee (LSC), South Texas Swimming, is responsible for administering USA Swimming activities in the Central and South Texas area. Through USA Swimming and South Texas Swimming, PLAT coaches and swimmers have the opportunity each year to work alongside Olympic swimmers, World Champions and World Record Holders.
We believe in the development of all four strokes, offering the most opportunities for each athlete. PLAT is committed to providing a safe environment for all participants., through the implementation of athlete protections policies and guidelines,
Our Core Beliefs
The lessons learned through swimming are invaluable. Among these lessons are safety, fitness, sportsmanship and responsibility.
SAFETY - Because drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children ages 1-4, we believe all children need to learn to be safe in the water.
FITNESS - Children who progress through age group swimming build a strong foundation for good health by learning the fundamentals of fitness.
SPORTSMANSHIP - By encouraging healthy competition, versus a winning at all costs attitude, swimming promotes dignity, integrity and sportsmanship. Through the example of family and community volunteerism, swimming promotes strong family values and an attitude of giving back to the community.
RESPONSIBILITY - Because the process is as important as the outcome, the swimming environment encourages important life skills such as goal setting, time management, self discipline, commitment, delayed gratification and perseverance.
To provide an organized, competitive swim program for swimmers of all ages and abilities; emphasizing safety, fitness, sportsmanship, and responsibility.
To promote swimming instruction, water safety, improve the physical fitness of athletes, and provide a positive program with the opportunity to participate in meets, events, and to have fun.
The team will expect the Board of Directors, any employee, athlete, parent volunteer, or individual affiliated with the team to conduct themselves at all times, in a manner that will reflect the highest standards of sportsmanship and character. These individuals must abide by the following as applicable:
- The USA-S Code of Ethics
- The American Swim Coach’s Association Code of Ethics
- The PLAT By-Laws