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Why SwimRVA?

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Lessons, Fitness, CPR, 

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Located in Chesterfield County, SwimRVA serves the Greater Richmond area as a catalyst for regional aquatics and community-wide focus on water safety, health & fitness, sports tourism and competitive swimming.  We offer swimming lessons, water aerobics, aqua running, water polo, CPR & lifeguard certification courses, masters swimming, warm water therapy pool, land fitness classes, and youth triathlon training.

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SwimRVA is proud to be a Make-A-Splash partner.  The USA Swimming Foundation partners with Learn-To-Swim providers nationwide to offset the cost of swimming lessons and educate the community about the importance of learning to swim.  For more information please check out the website: www.usaswimmingfoundation.org/makeasplash

 

SwimRVA would like to say thank you to our following sponsors:

 
 

About Us

Rapids Program Principles:

COURAGE, TRUTHFULNESS, DIGNITY, PERSISTENCE, SUCCESS

SwimRVA's core to Rapids development is the programs principles.  

CLICK HERE to check out how the coaches have created a system to reward swimmers after they demonstrate a core principle.

What to Expect: 

  • 1 hour practice consisting of a 15 minute dry-land workout involving body-weight exercises and 45 minutes of swimming, working on technique and endurance
  • Each swimmer will receive a kickboard of their own to track their progress in and out of the pool
  • Engaging swim meets where swimmers can see their progress from practice
  • Socials designed for team-building outside of the pool
  • Weekly newsletters about current and future success stories, topics, and events
  • Monthly parents meetings to discuss practices, upcoming meets and future events

Swim Meets and Team Socials

For swim meets, all athletes will come together and compete as the SwimRVA Rapids.  Swim meets will be once a month starting in October and ending in April.  Each meet will be on Friday evening with warm ups starting at 6:00 PM and the meet begins at 6:30 PM.  Meets are expected to last approximately two hours.  Participation in these engagement opportunity events is optional, but we strongly encourage each athlete to participate and support their teamates.

The SwimRVA Swim Team has six meets scheduled in 2017/2018 and will be competing against the following teams:  Burkwood Swim Club, Richmond Racers and ACAC.  When traveling is involved, the parent or guardian is resposible for getting the athlete to the meet.  Meet entry decisions are made by the coaches.  If there are any questions regarding entries, swimmers should discuss this with their coach.  Entries are submitted based on practice participation and skill level.  Swimmers should not hesitate to ask their coaches for feedback on ways to improve their skills.

UPCOMING MEETS:

  • Friday, October 27, 2017 at SwimRVA
  • Friday, December 8, 2017 at Burkwood Swim and Raquet Club
  • Friday, January 26 , 2018 at Burkwood

Coaches:

Deidre Geroni

 

Deidre is a Level 3 American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) certified coach.  She started swimming year-round for Albright Aquatic Club (AAC) in Reading PA and eventually made the move to Emmaus Aquatic Club (EMAC) and Emmaus High School (EHS).  While at EHS, the team won the PIAA AAA State Chapionship in 2007, 2008 and 2009.  After graduationg high school, she attended Ohio University on a swimming scholarship and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication with a minor in Aport Marketing.  In 2011, Ohio University won the Mid-American Conference Championship and Deidre was voted team captain by her teamates for the 2012-2013 season.  Deidre still swims and currently trains with Peluso Open Water in the mornings at SwimRVA

Noelle Burgess

 
   

Coach Noelle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Studio Art from James Madison University.  As a coach, she has completed her foundation coaching coursework for USA Swimming, is a certified US Masters Swimming Coach and is currently working on her ASCA Coaching certification.  She started the Harrisonburg Masters Swim Club in 2013 and was Head Coach until her move to Richmond, VA.  She was also a Bronze, Silver, and Gold group coach with the Valley Area Swim Team (VAST) before making the decision to return to school.  Additionally, she has been a certified American Red Cross (ARC) Lifeguard for 12 years, an ARC Water Safety Instructor for 6 years and an ARC Lifeguard Instructor for 3 years.  Noelle's career in aquatics started her sophmore year of hig school when cross-training for soccer.  Her first race as a swimmer was the 500-yard freestyle during which she finished last by several minutes and several laps of the pool.  This humbling experience has stuck with her.  She believes that the only way to find out waht is possible is to try.  Since that first race she has participated in the Virginia High School League State Swimming Championships, USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships, placed 3rd in her age group at the Patriots Half-Ironman in Williamsburg, VA, and qualified for us Masters Swimming Nationals with her Mixed 200 Freestyle Relay Team.  Noelle prefers a technique first, speed second-training philosophy and her favorite aspect of caoching the developmental swim team is watching "Ah-HA!" moments happen.

Jacob Henry

 
   

Jacob is the Coaching Specialist at SwimRVA which encompasses the Learn-To-Swim program, SwimRVA Swim School swim lessons, and the SwimRVA Autism Swims program.  He plans on attending Virginia State Univeristy to achieve his Bachelor's in Education.  Jacob has extensive background in swimming, both coaching, and competing.  He joined his first swim team when he was 5 years old and continued until he started coaching at 18 years old.  In high school, Jacob was captain of the swim team and the lacrosse team.  He played water polo for two summers while helping organize the Lake Ridge Water Polo club.  Shadowing former Head Coach, Alex and Coach Dan, while helping develop the players with conditioning, Jacob has gotten to know the SwimRVA Rapids team very well.  He looks forward to his new position as haead coach.

Margaret Rechel

 
   

Margaret Rechel, an American Swimming Coaches Association Level 2 Coach, has been a competitive swimmer since age 4 and today as a masters swimmer and triathlete.  Margaret began coaching because her love for swimming along with a desire to give back to the sport that she continues to enjoy.  Over the past 11 years she has coached a variety of teams and age groups taking pride in enabling her swimmers to become "one with the water", improve times and, most importantly, enjoy swimming. 

Andre Wilson

SwimRVA Swim Team Coach Andre Profile Picture  
   

Andre has been teaching swimming for 9 years, and swimming competitively for nearly 15. A Richmond native, he started swimming year-round with Quest Swimming at 10 years old and swam with the team until he was 18. While in high school, he was an assistant coach at his summer league swim team for several seasons. After graduating high school, Andre went to Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. At Morehouse, he helped revive the school’s swim team after a 35 year hiatus before going on to serve as both captain and coach from 2013-2015. After college, he returned to his former summer league swim team as head coach for the 2016 season. Andre joined the SwimRVA team in the spring of 2017, and is eager to help the Rapids swim for it.