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Rocket Fish Swimming

Who are the Rocket Fish?

Most of our Rocket Fish families are from Long Beach and the surrounding areas. They bring their children to learn and improve with us with the following common aquatic needs:

Learn-to-Swim Group?Entry level and beginning swimmers (C Group) Age Range 5–7:

  1. Love swimming and frolicking in the water and have never been on a swim team before.
  2. Have had private or recreational swim lessons and are looking to improve their swimming skills within a team atmosphere.
  3. Want to learn team values and prepare for the team experience
  4. Are interested in learning the other strokes ? backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.
  5. Need to be safer in the water and be stronger swimmers in all aquatic environments.
  6. Are looking for a well-rounded aquatics education that includes not just swimming, but knowledge of safety and hazards in the beach and ocean environment.
  7. Looking for an entry-level and/or summer seasonal program with compassionate teachers who care.

Stroke Development Group (B2 Group) swimmers, Age Range 7–9:

  1. Are looking to build on all four strokes, refine technique, build endurance and learn race techniques and elements (turns, starts, etc.), develop mental competitive skills and prepare for swim meets.
  2. Are looking for seasoned coaches to motivate and teach in a positive and supportive team environment
  3. Are preparing to pass the Long Beach or Seal Beach Junior Lifeguard time trial in order to qualify for the Long Beach or Seal Beach Junior Lifeguard summer program.
  4. Are looking for an aquatics education that includes not just swimming, but knowledge of safety and hazards in the beach and ocean environment.

Jr. Competitive Team (B1 Group), Age Range 8–10:

  1. Are looking to continue refinement of strokes, build aerobic and anaerobic systems, refine overall swimming technique and elements (turns, starts, dives, etc.)
  2. Are interested in swimming as a sport
  3. Are looking to compete in meets, develop competitive skills and build confidence in racing and competition in a healthy, positive-reinforcement atmosphere.
  4. Are preparing for advancement to the Competitive Team, A Group.

Competitive Team (A Group) swimmers, Age Range 10+:

  1. Are looking to refine stroke technique, build overall endurance and strength through aerobic, anaerobic and dryland training
  2. Are looking to hone racing skills, techniques and elements (turns, starts, dives, etc.), compete in swim meets, and prepare for or complement competitive high school or collegiate swimming.
  3. Are looking to set goals, plan for achievement of goals, stay committed to the plan and improve overall as a person, a student and an athlete.
  4. Are committed to swim as a sport with the goal of competitive swimming for high school, college and beyond.
  5. Are looking for seasoned and goal-oriented coaches to motivate, coach and create a personalized program to meet competitive goals.
  6. Are preparing for a life-long aquatic lifestyle that may include life-guarding, ocean and open-water competition, collegiate swimming, swim careers, etc.

The Path of the Student-Athlete: All student athletes have had to figure out how to attend school, do their homework, study for tests, be a helpful family member AND STILL GO TO SWIM PRACTICES. Time management is a key discipline. Make the most of your time and do you homework quickly and efficiently and to the best of your ability.

For More information on swim group expectations please visit our Team Expectations page.

The ?5-S?s?

Our mission is to joyfully provide character development and life skills while promoting a love for learning and the sport of swimming. Our coaches practice and teach our motto of ?Live the 5-S?s of Balanced Excellence? to our swimmers and their families. In order to be an ?All-Star,? a balanced, happy and thriving person, we encourage our Rocket Fish to put their best efforts into School, Sports, Spirit, Social and Self. To achieve balanced excellence, we teach respect, teamwork, diligence, and gratitude with a welcoming attitude and authenticity.

We know that in Southern California, particularly in Long Beach, ?the Aquatic Capital of America?, learning to swim and play water sports is a necessary part of life. Our approach is to meet this need not with just learning the strokes, but with a complete package. The Rocket Fish program develops character, confidence and team-spirit, right along with our fun and structured approach to learning to swim. We know that early childhood experiences build lasting memories and have profound effects on future behaviors. With this in mind, our practices, special events and swim meets feature safe fun, good sportsmanship, making incremental improvements, and keeping it positive before, during and after the activity.

Teaching Style

The first step in teaching is caring for the safety and overall condition of the students. Once our students feel our coaches? warmth and experience, they begin to make personal connections which lead to feelings of safety and trust in their teacher. We strive to establish this connection of trust early and build skills from there. Character development comes in many forms; most importantly through the modeled behavior of our coaches and their teaching methods. Our coaches mentor through workshops, stories, and a synergy of teamwork. Our staff, many former swimmers who grew up in our program, have been trained in our teaching methods, our philosophy, stroke progressions, and are always briefed before and after our activities.

Measuring Success vs. Comparison to Others

Our students represent a variety of ages, swim experiences, and skills. We break our groups into similar age, maturity and abilities. Our goal is for each swimmer to improve their technique, speed and endurance every day. Our swimmers also learn racing techniques. Regardless of speed, swimmers are treated equally, and we view the process of racing as a learning opportunity to evaluate strengths and areas for improvement. We measure success in terms of contributions to a positive learning environment, listening and learning to be a leader, putting out best efforts, and making both incremental and vast improvements in their own swimming. By working on individual goals, not comparing themselves to others, swimmers achieve greater success.

Practice Schedule

Winter Practice Schedule

Swim Group Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
A-Group 5:30-7:00 PM 5:30-7:00 PM 5:30-7:00 PM 5:30-7:00 PM 5:30-7:00 PM
B-Group 4:15-5:30 PM 4:15-5:30 PM 4:15-5:30 PM 4:15-5:30 PM 4:15-5:30 PM

Spring & Fall Practice Schedule

Swim Group Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
A-Group Dryland 5:20-5:55 PM
Swim 6:00-7:00 PM
Dryland 5:20-5:55 PM
Swim 6:00-7:00 PM
Swim 5:30-7:00 PM Dryland 5:20-5:55 PM
Swim 6:00-7:00 PM
Swim 5:30-7:00 PM
B-Group Swim 4:15-5:20 PM
Dryland 5:20-5:55 PM
Swim 4:15-5:20 PM
Dryland 5:20-5:55 PM
Swim 4:15-5:30 PM Swim 4:15-5:20 PM
Dryland 5:20-5:55 PM
Swim 4:15-5:30 PM
C-Group Swim 5:00-6:00 PM Swim 5:00-6:00 PM NO SWIM Swim 5:00-6:00 PM NO SWIM

Summer Practice Schedule

Swim Group Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
A-Group 7:00-8:20 AM 7:00-8:20 AM 7:00-8:20 AM 7:00-8:20 AM 7:00-8:20 AM
B-Group 8:00-9:20 AM 8:00-9:20 AM 8:00-9:20 AM 8:00-9:20 AM 8:00-9:20 AM
C-Group 8:50-10:00 AM 8:50-10:00 AM 8:50-10:00 AM 8:50-10:00 AM 8:50-10:00 AM

Our swimmers are coached in groups accordingly:

Competitive Group (A)

Days: Monday – Friday afternoons
Times: See Practice Schedule, 5 practices/week + special events

Qualifications:

  1. 100m freestyle under 2:00 minutes and
  2. 50m of legal swimming in butterfly, backstroke, and breaststroke.

Swim Emphasis

Our Competitive Team A Group is designed for the swimmer who is preparing for a life-long aquatic lifestyle. This may include swimming competitively in high school or college, life-guarding, open-water swimming or general fitness. Swim emphasis is on more challenging sets building both the aerobic and anaerobic systems. Swimmers will work on refining their strokes for speed, efficiency and power. Freestyle emphasis will build endurance and challenge aerobic capacity and anaerobic thresholds. Swimmers refine their racing components such as flip turns, starts, dives and pacing. Swimmers will learn and improve on the building blocks of training and will challenge themselves to be dedicated and motivated student-athletes. They will participate in events such as USA Swimming meets-both short-course and long-course, team and dual meets. Swimmers will continue to build and emphasize character-first concepts in personal, school, and athletic lives. Comp. Team A-Group training includes comprehensive fitness not just through swimming but through dry-land exercises which include calisthenics, strength training, plyometrics, stretching, and yoga. Minimum participation in Comp Team A Group is four times per week with a recommendation of 5–7 practices per week. This will help them to build a strong aerobic base which is crucial at this age and stage in the development of a swimmer. Ages 10+ commensurate with ability, and upon tryout.

Jr. Competitive Group (B1)

Days: Monday – Friday afternoons
Times: See Practice Schedule, 5 practices/week + special events

Qualifications:

  1. 100m of freestyle in under 2:15
  2. 50m of each stroke

Swim Emphasis

“B” Group swimmers have learned the basics of all four strokes and are ready to perfect their skills and swim competitively. There is a stronger emphasis on endurance and developing speed through building strong, efficient technique. Jr. Comp. group develops and refines all areas of freestyle including proper body position, flutter kick, underwater arm stroke (the pull), above water arm motion (the recovery), the side breather (correct head position on rotation & integrated timing of the breath), full stroke, easy freestyle, speed freestyle and flip turns. “B” Group practices the backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly as well as continuing to practice the freestyle. “B” Group joins our “A” Group for dry-land exercises (see “A” group) that focus on building strength, speed and agility for comprehensive fitness.

Stroke Development Group (B2)

Days: Monday – Friday afternoons
Times: See Practice Schedule, 5 practices/week + special events

Qualifications:

  1. 50m of freestyle with an effort at side-breathers
  2. 25m of backstroke

Swim Emphasis

Stroke Development Group swimmers have learned the basics of all four strokes and are ready to perfect their skills. There is a stronger emphasis on endurance and developing speed through building strong, efficient technique. “B” group develops and refines all areas of freestyle including proper body position, flutter kick, underwater arm stroke (the pull), above water arm motion (the recovery), the side breather (correct head position on rotation & integrated timing of the breath), full stroke, easy freestyle, speed freestyle and flip turns. “B” Group practices the backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly as well as continuing to practice the freestyle. Works on competitive skills, both mentally and physically. “B” Group joins our “A” Group for dry-land exercises (see “A” group) that focus on building strength, speed and agility for comprehensive fitness.

Learn-to-Swim Group (C):

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (M-F in Summer) Times: 5–6 PM (Spring & Fall), 8:50 – 10:00 AM (Summer)

Qualifications

Enjoys the water, has had private or rec-program swim lessons to the point that freestyle and backstroke are familiar to them. At a minimum, students need to be able to float on their own for five seconds, kick with straight legs, and be water safe. Rocket Fish should not be their first exposure to swimming, water safety or ?big arms.? Emotionally and socially, these students should be confident being on their own with an instructor and can listen and take group instruction effectively.

Minimum Age: 5 years old

Swim Emphasis

Learn-to-Swim C Group is designed for the entry level swimmer. Before joining our team, this swimmer may have had some lessons, is comfortable in the water and enjoys being in the water. The Novice C2 Group will work toward the basics of body position, flutter kick, “big arms,” side breathers, and will put it all together into a beginning full-stroke freestyle. The Advanced C1 Group will work toward swimming a swift and steady lap of both freestyle (with side breathers) and backstroke (touch on back). C1 Group practices all the aspects of freestyle and backstroke for the first four weeks of the season and then moves into an introduction of fly and breaststroke as the season progresses. We teach the same skills to the novice and advanced C groupers, and progressively they learn, excel and swim farther, better, and faster. C Group prepares for competition as they start to advance toward B Group. C Group swimmers are eligible for swim meets with mastery of age-appropriate C Level skills.

Junior Guard Prep: Spring Swim Only

PLEASE NOTE: JG PREP is now integrated with our B Group

Swim Emphasis

Junior Guard Prep is a program designed to prepare your child for the Guard program of their choice. Jr. Guard Prep integrates with our B Group swim practices and dry-land exercises. First half of the JG Prep course will concentrate on four weeks of freestyle training by honing techniques and skills to become efficient, strong, swimmers that will meet time trials for the program of your choice. In addition to building strong swim skills and conditioning in the water, we incorporate dryland sessions to emphasize overall conditioning. The dry-land exercises include running in the sand, calisthenics, strength training, plyometrics, stretching, and yoga. Second half continues with further freestyle development, adds other strokes to their repertoire, and develops and maintains overall endurance and conditioning until their Prep program begins. Kids ages 8/9+ who want to begin swimming freestyle more proficiently or need to qualify for the Junior Guards time trial would be highly advised to participate in the Jr. Guard Prep Class.

Swim Meets

For our B and A Groups we build our seasons to highlight our peak meets of the year. In fall we gear up for the short course yards Junior Olympics in December. We continue with short course swimming through the new year with a build-up toward the Southern California Club Championships in March.

Then, as with all swim teams in the nation, we reset our focus in spring and begin to attend meets in the long course meters format. We practice diving and long course meters on Tuesday mornings and Saturdays twice/month. During long course season we are building up for two big meets: Long Course Junior Olympics at the end of July and the Orange County Swim Conference Championship in the second week in August.

Peak meets such as Junior Olympics, OCSC Finals, and SCS Club Championships are important to our team. It gives our team a sense of purpose as we begin each season. We are practicing in order to swim well, qualify and shine at these meets. The ?how? we practice and how we handle ourselves is our character development emphasis. It takes this dual focus to be the best person, and the best student-athlete, graceful competitor, family member, teammate and friend we can be.

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The Aloha Spirit and Team Work

We welcome every family, returning or new, with joy and open-arms! We want to share our love for the aquatic lifestyle and expose students to a world of wonder both in the pool and at the beach. Long Beach offers a plethora of activities and opportunities to learn about living the life aquatic and we try to take full advantage of this beautiful area.

At the start of each year or summer season we spend time having the swimmers, coaches, and parents come together and get acquainted. We host special events that are always family friendly and a great way to spend relaxing time with fellow Rocket Fish families, coaches, and old and new friends. Rocket Fish families understand the importance of family support and teamwork in building character. At practices, meets, or special events, our teamwork and team-fun is accomplished with smiles, helpfulness and coordination, and with thoughtfulness and follow through?all in ?Aloha? style!

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