Tsunami Swimming was formed in 2001 by a volunteer advisory committee as a non-profit 501(C)(3) swimming outreach program. Outreach programs are designed to pull individuals into the sport of swimming who might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate. Tsunami Swimming does this by:
- Offering programs for all skill levels, from non-swimmers to national competitors
- Offering programs for both youth and adults, so the entire family can participate
- Offering shorter, seasonal swim training programs, so that individuals who cannot commit to a year-round team will still have the opportunity to train and compete through the year.
- Offering need-based financial assistance to individuals whose families meet the federal poverty level guidelines for the free and reduced price school lunch program.
Tsunami's programs include:
- Competitive Swim Team - Year-round age group swimming for ages 4-18 headed by Coach Peter Maloney. We compete in the Virginia Swimming LSC and are a Level 2 club with USA Swimming.
- Swim & Stay Fit - An hour-long workout available once or twice a week in six-week sessions. Ages 5 through adult.
- Learn to Swim - Half-hour swimming lessons designed to teach basic strokes and confidence. Ages 5 through adult.
- Masters Swimming - For adults over 18, hone your skills and improve your conditioning with daily workouts.
- RSL Stroke Clinic - A one-week program that gives Summer League swimmers a head-start to their season with an intensive review of all four competitive strokes, starts, and turns.
- High School Warm-Up - Are those high school practices so crowded you can barely swim? Not getting enough individual attention? This program allows high school swimmers to start their training early and receive the extra attention they deserve.
Scholarship / Financial Assistance Program
As part of its outreach effort, Tsunami Swimming offers need-based financial assistance for all of its programs. The US Federal Poverty Level Guidelines for the National School Lunch Program are used to establish need. Currently, this amount is a 50% reduction in fees for families at 185% of the federal poverty level (reduced price school lunch criteria) and a 75% reduction in fees for families at 130% of the federal poverty level (free school lunch criteria).
In 2018 Tsunami Swimming was awarded grants from Virginia Swimming to provide free or very low cost ($5) instruction in both the Learn to Swim and Swim and Stay Fit programs for qualifying families. In cases of extreme hardship the $5 fee can be waived.
Swimmers who qualify for either grant or for Tsunami’s financial assistance also receive free suits and reduced USAS registration for team swimmers.
If you know of any families who do not participate in swim programs because of the cost, please share this information with them. And if you are interested in contributing to the scholarship program, all donations are tax-deductible.
To date, Tsunami Swimming has provided financial assistance to over 100 individuals.
Board of Directors:
Board Members are volunteers who serve a two-year term, and can be re-elected. Current board members approve new members. Any individual in the community who supports Tsunami Swimming's programs and outreach efforts is eligible to serve on the board. If you or someone you know in our community would be willing to serve on the board, please let Coach Peter know.
2016 - 2019 Board Members
- Peter Maloney
- Chris Goldsmith
- Andi Light -Treasurer
- Mary Koch
- Jenni Ryniewicz - Swimmer Rep
- Ellen Pataky - Swimmer Rep