Welcome to the Swarm!
Rose Valley Swim & Tennis Club in Rose Valley, PA is home to a summer swim and dive team known as “The Swarm”. Our team participates in the Suburban Swim League in suburban Philadelphia. Our team is a teaching based program that develops competitive swimmers from ages 6 to 18 (must pass big pool swim test at opening practice) while promoting a fun and safe swim experience. Swimmers on our small team get the attention they need to develop good form. Practices are divided into aerobic conditioning, skill building drills, and a heavy dose of fun.
Swim Team – $100 for pool members, $200 for non-members
Dive Team – $80 for pool members, $150 for non-members
Both Swim & Dive Teams – $150 for pool members, $300 for non-members
Priority registration for previous Swarm team members and RVSTC members.
Big Pool Test: One lap, on stomach, arms mostly over and out of water, followed by treading water for 1 minute, followed by jumping off diving board.
Our Mission Statement
The RVST summer swim and dive teams are dedicated to offering our athletes and their families an opportunity to participate in organized sport in a setting that promotes inclusion, growth and fellowship. All swimmers and divers are valuable, contributing, members of our teams. While competitiveness is valued, it is primarily a tool for swimmers or divers to achieve their personal bests and unite around common goals. Our approach to team building encourages camaraderie and the development of bonds, such that everyone encourages and takes pride in each other during all levels of competition. We strive to cultivate an atmosphere of caring, integrity, discipline, and good sportsmanship, that inspires each swimmer or diver to achieve their maximum potential, both as an individual and as a teammate.
We regard summer swimming and diving to be an enriching childhood experience of joy, laughter, and friendships. A foundational purpose of our teams is to provide our swim and dive communities with a fun activity that nurtures the growth of new relationships and the strengthening of old ones. As a result, family involvement is a key element to the success of our teams. We both count on families to serve as significant supports to the teams and consider family as integral members of our teams. The environment we work to provide fosters the development of team spirit through the commitment of the group to the above values and principles.
Parental involvement is a key element to the success of Rose Valley’s Swim and Dive teams. Each family is needed to volunteer. We are a small team, and appreciate the efforts of all our families. If everyone gives some time, each volunteer may only have to work a portion of each meet. We are happy to provide training for all positions and will pair you up with an experienced volunteer! Prior to every meet, a SignUp Genius will be sent out with specific volunteer roles to be filled for that meet.
This is the primary communication for all team events, including communication regarding practice updates (e.g., cancellation of practice due to weather) and for swimmers to indicate their intent to swim in a particular meet.
It is available as an app for your phone and as a website.
RVSP Swim & Dive Handbook
Our Swimming and Family Handbook provides all of the information you will need – coaches’ expectations, practice & meet information, etc.
Swim & Dive Facebook Group
We highly encourage parents to join our Facebook group. This is a closed group for family members only. Request to join in on the fun!
Head Swim Coach
Sam is entering her fifth year as the Head Coach of the Swarm. She is a lifelong Rose Valley member and former varsity swimmer for Ridley High School. She previously served as Assistant Swim Coach for several seasons. During the off season you can find Sam coaching the Ridley Area YMCA Rays.
Head Dive Coach
Greg swam and dove through high school at Brandywine HS in Wilmington DE. He also coached summer diving at Wilmington Country Club, (2003-2005). College diving, RPI (2003-2007) records include:
– 5x All-American
– 3rd at DIII NCAA 1 m, 2005 and 2007
– 3rd at DIII NCAA 3m 2006
– RPI Athlete of the Year 2007
– Swimming and Diving Captain 2006-2007 season
– Inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame.