WANT TO JOIN VJO?

 

The Vallejo Aquatics Club (VJO) is a non-profit organization with the purpose of providing supervised training in competitive swimming for your student - athletes. VJO is a member of Pacific Swimming, the Local Swimming Committee (LSC) of USA Swimming (USAS).

VJO is run by offercers composed of the parents of swimmers.They are elected by members of VJO in good standing at a general membership meeting. The Officers and Committee chairpersons appointed by the President and approved by the officers comprises the Board of Directors which formulate and set the rules in operating VJO. The members of the Board of Directors are all volunteer parents of swimmers.

VJO employs USA-S registered coaches. They teach swimmers techniques in improving swimmer's performance. They also determine if a swimmer is ready to participate in swim meets.


Joining Vallejo Aquatics Club (VJO) is Easy!
Follow the Simple Steps below :

  1. Contact the Membership Chair or Head Coach - Call (707) 553 - SWIM or email [ [email protected] ] or
    [ [email protected] ]

     
  2. Schedule a Try Out! - Your swimmer will try out with a VJO coach in order to be placed into the group best fit for them.
     
  3. Complete registration paperwork - You can download and print the VJO paperwork HERE, fill out and bring with you to the try out to make tsigning up a smoother process for us.
     
  4. Join USA Swimming - Annual membership in PACIFIC SWIMMING is required of all our year round swimmers. This allows swimmers to participate in practice and compete in meets under the insurance of USA Swimming. We will give you the forms and help you fill it out on the day of the try out. 
     
  5. Pay Annual Family Membership Fees - For our Year Round Swimmers, Monthly Dues, Annual Pacific Swimming dues will need to be paid in order to finalize your membership and are active to practice. Pacific Swimming fees will be collected at the time of registration. If you are a seasonal swimmer, this will not apply to you. Seasonal swimmers should CLICK HERE for more information. Annual Family Memberhship fees and monthly dues can easily be paid online or by check. We strongly encourage you to set up an auto pay via our website. Talk to the Membership Chair or Treasurer for more information about payment options.

Now that you are all done with those 5 steps. Just show up to your first day of practice with basic gear (Suit, Goggles, Fins) ready to swim. We will pair your family with a mentor family to help you with the process of our program. You can always contact a Coach or a Board Member with any questions you may have. 


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) :

What do I need to bring to practice?
You will need the following: swim suit, goggles, swim cap, floating fins.  VJO has kickboards you can use during practice, but most swimmers eventually purchase their own.  For Junior and Senior group swimmers, please ask your coach for your additional equipment list.

How can I contact my coach?
The best way to contact your coach is by email and arrange a time to meet if needed.  Parents can speak with coaches on deck before and after the practices.  Parents are asked not to approach coaches during practice time as their attention needs to be on the athletes for job & safety purposes. If you can not find time on deck, please feel free to email the Coaches. 

When can I sign up for my first swim meet?
Your coach will let you know when you are ready for your first swim meet.  In most cases, they will let you know which events you are ready for and how to sign up and what to do the day of the meet.  Please review the Swim Meet Info page prior to attending your first meet, and feel free to contact a coach or Board Member if you have any questions.

What if I am having trouble paying my monthly dues?
If you are unable to pay or will be late with payment, please contact the Treasurer at [email protected] ASAP.  The sooner you communicate with us, the sooner we can help you come up with solutions - we have several forms of financial assistance and are always willing to work with you if you are experiencing a hardship.  However, if your account becomes delinquent and you do not give us notice, we will have to keep your swimmer out of the water until we can reach an agreement.

Why are volunteer hours required?
VJO is a not-for-profit volunteer run organization.  We offer elite coaching at a relatively reasonable cost.  We depend on our families to volunteer to keep the team running.  Our Board members are all parent volunteers, and our home swim meets - which not only provide a terrific opoortunity for our swimmers to compete with other local competitive swimmers, but also provide the majority of our operating budget for the year - run solely on parent volunteer hours.  We simply cannot exist without parent volunteers. If you would like to help or have a particular skill or talent you would like to contribute, please contact out volunteer coordinator.

What if I cannont attend and volunteer at a home meet?
Contact our Volunteer Coordinator right away.  Although 10 volunteer hours are required of each family at each home meet, we have *many* other opportunities for you to help and make up these hours if you are unable to attend.  You must give the Coordinator advance notice, however, that you will not be attending the meet, to avoid a penalty.