Arise Aquatics exists so that every athlete can be challenged to reach their fullest potential in faith, character, swimming and water polo in Santa Paula.
Our spring water polo session will be from February 13th- April 30th. We will offer 3 practices per week on M,T&Th from 5:30-7:15pm and invite you to choose the two practices that work best for you. We plan to enter a 12U mixed, 14u mixed & a 16U girls team in the Ventura County Water Polo League. The current proposed dates that games will be played are:
Feb. 25th, March 11th
March 18th, April 22nd
April 29-30 (Finals)
Practice DATES, TIMES, and LOCATION can and likely will vary because:
1. Our pool is old and can break down
2. We are guest/renters and the high school has first priority and the ability to amend their practice schedule.
3. Our registrations can fluctuate and we may have to amend practice schedules to improve the quality of the practices we are offering.
Arise is for Faith and Character Development
My college water polo and swim coach Larry Barrette always said “The pool is the greatest teacher” and while many of the lessons we learned were about swimming and water polo, he wasn’t talking about swimming or water polo. He was instead talking about life lessons like - Learning to fail and not give up. Learning to be a good team mate and abandoning our patterns of selfishness. Setting and achieving goals. Delayed gratification, swimming and living with the end in mind.
Our hope is that athletes at Arise Aquatics will be coached in these types of life lessons and more. Billy Graham said “A coach will impact more people in one year than the average person will in an entire lifetime.” That’s a pretty lofty statement but it is our goal to be coaches who understand the significance of the role and seek to develop athletes as complete people.
Arise is for Jesus
Arise Aquatics is a ministry of Catalyst Church which exists to help people far from God find life in Christ. We hope that every athlete feels loved by their coaches and most importantly by God. We aim to share the good news about Jesus through our program.
Arise is for Santa Paula
While we are glad to have athletes join us from other cities Arise Aquatics is for Santa Paula and the Santa Paula High School Pool will be our home base. After coaching aquatics in Ventura Country for the last 16 years it has become painfully obvious to me that we have a great disparity of resources in our county and generally the best coaches, clubs, programs and pools cluster around areas of wealth. The best athletes often then leave their communities to cluster around these “successful” center points. This then leaves our less affluent cities and schools remarkably under resourced and under coached as they try to compete.
Arise Aquatics is aiming to offer high quality aquatics training in Santa Paula with a hope to one day level the the competitive playing field by :
1. teaching kids to swim
2. making aquatic sports more accessible in Santa Paula
3. offering quality coaching in our area.