Chico AquaJet History

The Chico AquaJets swim team began as a summer recreational program for Chico youngsters in 1949 under the leadership of the Chico Area Recreation and Park District (CARD). Practices were held at Sycamore Pool (One Mile) in Bidwell Park under the guidance of volunteer coaches. As interest grew, it became necessary to form a booster group. In 1953, the Chico Area Swim Association was formed and held its first Chico Invitational Swim Meet. CARD remains a supporter of our team and offers assistance in many capacities, but the CAJ is an independent entity today. We have since introduced programs such as the Chico Masters Swimming team, and the MiniJet program. The Chico Masters Swim Team is a program for adults ages 18 and over. The program offers supervised lap swimming for beginners who want to do their own program, planned practices offering an aerobic workout, and competition for those who are interested. There is technical stroke instruction to swimming available at the fitness level or for the competitive master swimmer. The MiniJet program is for swimmers and toddlers who are just learning to swim. Currently the CASA programs are being held in the pool at In Motion Fitness year round and at Pleasant Valley pool during the summer.