Using the sport of swimming, we seek to empower student-athletes in Western North Carolina and around the globe to become leaders, and champions in and out of the pool for years to come. We seek to do this with clear and straightforward development objectives. 


  • Athlete Development: Personal and Physical 
    • To provide an opportunity for young people in the Asheville area to engage in a wholesome, life-saving, lifetime sport and recreational activity while promoting healthy lifestyle habits and physical fitness. 
    • To provide opportunities for healthy social, emotional, and educational development. 
    • To encourage peer and family participation in athlete and club goals and activities. 
    • To assist in the development of high self-esteem and to help cultivate positive self-images.
    • To ensure that athletes are protected and have a safe space to grow while pursuing excellence in the water. 
    • BAQ is committed to providing a safe environment for all participants. To do so we, educate our athletes, families and coaches using USA Swimming's Safe Sport platform. Our policies are in accordance with USA Swimming's Safe Sport.
  • Competitive Development
    • To create an environment in which the desire for self-improvement and goal achievement motivates the individual to fully develop his or her natural abilities and promotes others to do likewise.  
    • To draw out and build upon each child's natural energy and fuel the pursuit of goals and dreams in and out of the pool. 
    • To provide opportunities to learn the values of hard work, dedication, self-discipline, and perseverance.
    • To promote the ideals of honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, and team loyalty.
    • To provide quality instruction, training, and proper competition at all peer and ability levels.
  • Community Involvement
    • To cultivate the support of community-oriented individuals, corporations, and foundations to help fund programs, equipment, and facilities.
  • Administrative Development at the State, Regional, and National Level
    • To participate in the direction and management of NC Swimming and to further the growth and development of competitive swimming in our state and WNC. 
    • To provide leadership in the Southern Region that will allow the southeast to become one of the national centers of competitive swimming.
    • To participate in the administration of USA Swimming, Inc. to represent the interest of NC Swimming and the Southern Region and to establish Blues Aquatics as a contributor to the national program and zone teams. 

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