The mission of the Richmond Sailfish is to encourage and empower young people to develop to their fullest potential as athletes, individuals, and role models in their community through participation in a competitive swim team program. The program especially aims to provide inner-city youth throughout Richmond with an opportunity to develop swimming skills, character and self-discipline in a supportive environment that fosters work ethic, teamwork, good sportsmanship and personal improvement.
Our team offers all swimmers the chance to excel by maintaining small group sizes to ensure each swimmer plenty of personal attention from their coach. With monthly competitions and other team events, Sailfish swimmers are able to participate on our team in a safe environment while learning a necessary life skill.
Coached Workout Schedule
Sailfish coached pool workouts at the Plunge are year round. The workouts will be held Monday through Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Duration of workout will depend on age and ability of swimmer (see schedule below).
Guppy Group: 4-4:45pm Mon-Fri
Minnow Group: 4:45- 5:45pm Mon-Fri
White Group: 4:30-6pm Mon-Fri
Blue Group: 4-6pm Mon-Fri
Dryland Training: Open to all swimmers in the Blue and White groups and swimmers 11 and older from the Minnow and Guppy group.
Tuesday/Thursday/Friday: 6-6:30 pm
Basic Swimming Skills Needed to Join
Youth are not required to be proficient swimmers to join the Sailfish, but some basic water skills are needed.
To be “Swim Team Ready”, children should be able to:
- Float like an airplane or jellyfish (without moving) for 5-10 seconds with their face in the water.
- Propel themselves by kicking for about 20 feet and should be able to take a few bites of air, using a dog paddle without touching the bottom of the pool.
- Be comfortable blowing bubbles in the water.
- Jump into the deep end of a pool and comfortably swim over to the side.
- Move their arms and kick in a freestyle (big arms) and backstroke – although it doesn’t have to look pretty.
- Coordinate their arms to their strong kick with instruction.
- Either open their eyes under water or be comfortable with goggles.
- Be happy in the pool without a parent.
For the younger swimmers we will first be teaching how to side breathe during freestyle, which is critical as it develops proper form and technique. Once they get stronger and develop a nice clean freestyle, it isn’t very difficult to add the backstroke. Introduction to Butterfly and Breaststroke as well as learning and practicing turns and dives will also help the swimmers gain a strong understanding of competitive swimming.
Older swimmers will spend more practice time focusing on specific stroke technique work, cardiovascular training, and race strategy, with longer practice times and an increase in intensity.
Registration and Fees
USA Registration. Everyone is required to register with USA Swimming and pay annual dues, which cover insurance and subscription to Swimming World Magazine. Annual dues are currently $65. For the USA Swimming registration from click on the following link: http://www.pacswim.org/userfiles/cms/documents/436/14pc-athlete-reg-ap.pdf Swimmers should carry their cards with them at swim meets or other USA Swimming events as they may be required to show it.
Sailfish Swimming Fees. Swimming fees cover pool rental costs, coach’s salary, equipment and various overhead expenses for the Sailfish. The team dues listed below are for a 3-month quarterly session (Jan-Mar, Apr-Jun, Jul-Sept, Oct-Dec).
- Annual Equipment Fee: $25 per swimmer
- Annual Scholarship Fee: $150 per family who receive scholarships
QUARTERLY DUES FOR FULL TIME SWIMMERS
|Full Fee||2 days / wk|
Sibling Discount: $15
Fees should be paid by check made out to “Richmond Swims/RFOR”, and given to the Coach or sent to the attention of the Club Registrar at P.O. Box 70952, Richmond, CA 94807.
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Head Coach John Schonder
The Head Coach is John Schonder. John grew up and began his swimming career in Reno, Nevada. He swam competitively through high school and into college. He spent several years teaching and coaching age group swimming with the City of Reno Parks and Recreation Aquatics Department and the Reno Aquatics Club from 1995 through 2000. He was Head Coach for the Holy Names High School (Oakland) swim team from 2005 through 2007. Most recently, he served as Head Coach and Executive Director of the Oakland Barracudas (age group and Masters swimming teams) from March 2007 until December 2009. He is active on the Pacific Swimming Diversity and Outreach Committee, which is committed to making swimming more accessible to communities that have traditionally not had access to swimming. John holds a Level II Certification with the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA), is trained as a massage therapist and is also a Certified Professional Trainer through Aerobics and Fitness Association of America.
Assistant Coach Benicia Rivera
The assistant coach Benicia Rivera has been an incredible addition to the Sailfish Family. As a local swimmer Coach Benicia brings years of experience as well as a true passion for coaching.
For More Information
If you are interested in learning more about Richmond Sailfish and/or would like to be included on an email list for updated information please contact any of the following:
- Coach, John Schonder at email@example.com
- Club Coordinator, Jon Mayer at firstname.lastname@example.org