SWAT was designed to encourage advanced aquatic skills, teamwork, and to teach the principles of good sportsmanship through both competitive and developmental swimming.  SWAT is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive environment that allows its swimmers to pursue their goals and fully develop their competitive swimming potential. We instill a sense of pride, accomplishment, and competition so that each swimmer can experience the rewarding aspects of the sport while acquiring life-enhancing qualities such as self-esteem, integrity, discipline, citizenship, teamwork, and sportsmanship.

A successful swim team season consists of both time and dedication from the parents, the pool staff, and the coaching team.  While at times it may seem difficult to find the time for everything, always keep in mind that we all must work together to create the most successful and enjoyable SWAT season for our children.

Any time is the right time to swim, so make a splash & sign up today!

Feel free to contact Coach Rich Suhs (251-300-0820 / [email protected]) with any questions you may have.


Head Coach: Rich Suchs

Coach Rich Suhs is the owner of the Eastern Shore Aquatics Center and head coach of the Southern Waters Aquatic Team (SWAT).  In addition to the USA Swimming year-round program, Coach Suhs is pleased to offer various swim programs at his facility.  He has over 30 years of swim coaching experience, including many years of experience as head coach of several successful swim teams.

Among Coach Suhs’ accomplishments are numerous nationally recognized Coaches Awards.  His fellow coaches have honored him as Coach of the Year several times, and he was selected as Zone Coach in Michigan.  Throughout his tenure, he has also coached several nationally ranked-swimmers.

Coach Suhs has a history of developing successful swim programs and swimmers.  His approach to coaching involves setting specific goals for every swimmer and monitoring them every time they swim.  He has a record of accomplishments with both senior and novice swimmers.  He believes that every swimmer can accomplish more than they believe is possible.  As a result, he has taken swimmers beyond the Southeastern level into the national realm of competitive swimming.





SWAT is offered by the Eastern Shore Parents Aquatic Foundation, Inc. (ESPAF), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to provide amateur youth athletes of all abilities with the opportunity to succeed and grow through the pursuit of excellence in the sport of swimming.

Click on the link below to view our Bi-Laws.

Eastern Shore Parents Aquatic Foundation By-Laws