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.
This summer will be our first session operating as an Aquatics Club. Our club is currently designed for 5th-8th graders though we hope to expand that in future months/years. We are really looking forward to helping grow aquatics in Santa Paula and develop athletes!
We plan to offer swim practices M-Th 4:15-5:15 and water polo M&W 5:15-6:15. Once you join Arise Aquatics you can choose which swimming or water polo practices you would like to attend. Some athletes may need to start with swimming and work their way up to water polo.
JUNE 6 - AUG 18, 2022
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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.