The mission of Santa Fe Aquatics is to promote a life-long love of swimming in swimmers of all ages and abilities by providing a safe, healthy and positive environment for our athletes. This will be achieved through a comprehensive training program that addresses the physical, mental, nutritional, and technical dimensions of the sport to support team and individual goals.

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Swim Groups

We provide fun, age-specific swim training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of his or her ability.  Our Club trains year-round and divides its practices into 5 swim groups:  Junior Swim League, White, Red, Black, and Masters for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. We also offer private or small group youth and adult lessons. Before joining, you can contact us to schedule a free try-out with our Head Coach to see which group would be the best fit for you.


Youth Swim Groups

Our youth coaching offerings have been structured around three basic phases of athlete development in age group swimming. At each level of the program, we continually try to evaluate and adapt to the multitude of factors, both scientific and physiological, that might impact the growth and development of our young athletes. Within this development framework, our Club divides its youth swim practices into 4 swim groups: Junior Swim League, White, Red, and Black. Practice days and times are determined by the swimmers' assigned swim group and pool location.


Phase I: Development Training: Junior Swim League Program

Phase II: Intermediate Training: White & Red Groups

Phase III: Advanced Training: Black Group


Adult Swim Group

Our Masters Program welcomes adults of any ability level. We cater to  three basic categories of swimmers:

  1. Fitness

  2. Triathlon training

  3. Competitive

Swimmers are grouped in lanes by ability level and our coach will tailor workouts to match the ability and fitness level of each group and swimmer so that all participants get the most out of each workout.


Group placement

Group placement is based on many factors and a fair amount of coaching instinct. However, there is a big picture, team-wide philosophy that drives group placement decisions. We hope that communicating these ideas will allow for a better understanding of group placement decision-making.

The most important factors driving group placement are:

  • Maturity (chronological age, physiological age, and emotional development).
  • Training ability and technique.

A swimmer’s group is not meant to be a predictor of future success, nor an indicator of his/her worth to the team or to the coaches. First and last, we view swimmers as outstanding young people, and the more we can do to remove inaccurate status labels from groups, the better. As the swimmers grow physically and emotionally (often rapidly), their needs change. The more we think and talk in terms of appropriate group placement and the changing needs of swimmers, the healthier our team culture will be.