WELCOME TO HORIZON!

If this guide doesn't answer all of your questions, please don't hesitate to reach out and speak to either Andy or Tomoko about our program!

 

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1. WHO ARE WE?

2. IS OUR PROGRAM RIGHT FOR YOU?

3. WHEN AND HOW OFTEN?

4. PROGRAM COSTS

5. SCHEDULE AN EVALUATION

6. MEET ANDY AND TOMOKO

 

WHO ARE WE?
Horizon Swimming is a USAS-registered, competitive swim program based in Thousand Oaks. Our members range from 5 to 18 years of age and swim at all levels, from local novice swim meets for our beginners, to regional competition for senior athletes.

 

Our goal as a team is to develop children into strong, independent athletes who can find success at the highest level of the sport. We educate parents regularly and work with our swimmers to encourage athlete autonomy. We believe that athlete autonomy leads to a stronger personal drive, a higher degree of accountability and ultimately, a deeper sense of accomplishment when succeeding.

 

Horizon does not train as often or as long as many competitive swimming programs. Additionally, our swimmers do not put in as much yardage as they would at other teams. And yet, we are the fastest growing and fastest improving team in Ventura County. We believe in the development of mechanics first, coupled with race pace training and ample recovery. This formula works and has led to greater retention, happier athletes and most importantly, fast swimming!

 

 

 

 

IS OUR PROGRAM RIGHT FOR YOUR CHILD?
Horizon currently has seven different training groups between our pre-comp and competitive teams to meet the needs of as many swimmers as possible.

 

Pre-Competitive Team (5 - 10 years old)

Pre-Comp is the entry level of the team. In order to be considered for a Pre-Comp group, swimmers must be at least 5 years of age and be able to comfortably swim one length (25 yards) of both Freestyle and Backstroke.

 

Pre-Comp Groups meet twice a week at the Yarrow Family YMCA for 30 minutes. Schedules vary, but classes generally run on M/T/Th/Fr and start close to the 5:00pm hour.

 

Age Group Competitive Team (6 - 13 years old)

The Age Group Program consists of two groups (Rio & Athens) and is geared primarily toward athletes age 12 and younger. In order to be considered for the entry level of the Age Group program, a swimmer must be able to swim Freestyle, Backstroke and Breaststroke proficiently and have a basic knowledge of Butterfly.

 

Senior Competitive Team (12 - 18 years old)

Our Senior Program consists of two groups (Beijing and Senior) for athletes 13 and older, and one transitional group (Tokyo) that serves as a bridge between the Age Group and Senior programs. To be placed in a Senior level group, your swimmer must have prior competitive experience and be proficient at all four strokes. To be considered for the Tokyo Group your child must be a strong swimmer, but prior experience is not a pre-requisite.

 

 

 

WHEN AND HOW OFTEN DO SWIMMERS TRAIN?

Horizon athletes practice anywhere from 2 to 5 times per week, depending on their group. We do not have a mandatory attendance policy, but rather maintain expectations for our swimmers on how often they should be attending training.  For a complete breakdown of group schedules CLICK HERE or go to the Events portion of our web page.
 
Training Group Sessions Per Week Expected Attendance
Pre-Competitive 2 sessions @ 30 min 75% per month
Rio Group 3 sessions @ 1 hr 75% per month
Athens Group 4 sesssions @ 1hr 15min 80% per month
Tokyo Group 4 sessions @ 1hr 30min 80% per month
Beijing Group 4 sessions @ 1hr 30min 85% per month
Senior Group
5 sessions @ 1hr 45min
All sessions
 
 
 
 
 
 
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST ME?
Horizon is a club swimming program which operates year round. As such, our swimmers are “members” of the team that are billed on the first of every month. There are a few separate fees associated with membership as well, broken down in the table below.
 
Swim Team Registration Fee
Annual
$100
(prorated mid-year)
USA Swimming Membership
Annual
$75
(varies each year
Pre-Competitive
Monthly
$120
Rio Group
Monthly
$140
Athens Group
Monthly
$150
Tokyo Group
Monthly
$150
Beijing Group
Monthly
$160
Senior Group
Monthly
$180
 
 
 
 
SCHEDULE AN EVALUATION FOR YOUR SWIMMER
While we do large-scale team tryouts twice annually, we are available to do an evaluation for your swimmer at almost any time throughout the year. To schedule an evaluation, simply follow the link below to fill out our contact form and indicate that you would like to have your swimmer/s evaluated for the team. Typically we schedule evaluations on the following days and locations:
 
Tuesdays at the Yarrow YMCA (Westlake Village)
Thursdays at the Yarrow YMCA
Fridays at the CLU Community Pool (Thousand Oaks)
 
Evaluations typically take 5-10 minutes. After the evaluation, a member of our coaching staff will reach out to you to let you know the results and possibly offer a trial practice with the group we feel your child would fit into.
 
CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE AN EVALUATION
 
 
 
 
 
MEET OUR FOUNDERS:
Andy Copley & Tomoko Naka
 
 
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