Mailing address:  


ValparaisoSwim Club

P.O. Box   2142

Valparaiso, IN  46384

VSC was established in November 1977 through the efforts of Paul Bretscher, a former Valparaiso High School swimmer, who recognized the need for a year round competitive swimming program in the community. VSC is a non-profit, USA age group swim club which provides coaching to develop competitive swimmers in the Valparaiso area. The program is open to swimmers age 5-18 who have met the basic minimum skills requirement. The team consists of all levels of swimmers from novice to state and high level championship meets.

USA Swimming is the major sanctioning body for age group swimmers in the USA. USA makes the rules and sets policies for each USA-Swim Sanctioned team.   All VSC swimmers are required to join USA Swimming in order to be covered for insurance. Each member will receive a USA-S number, which is required to participate in swim meets and other team activities. VSC is covered under USA's liability insurance policy.

Valparaiso Swim Club has a cooperative relationship with Valparaiso High School whereby VSC supports the VHS Boys and Girls Swimming Teams.  VSC serves as a the developmental program to bring competent and competitive swimmers to the high school program.

The philosophy of the Valparaiso Swim Club is to produce well rounded kids that love to swim.  This includes goal setting for each swimmer to achieve their highest level of success.  We help nurture both the physical and emotional development of each child and work to measure improvement through teaching, training and competitions. VSC strives to develop in each child an excitement about competitive swimming, a respect for the abilities of others, an appreciation of the importance of hard work and self discipline, a desire to constantly improve, the ability to win or lose graciously, and a pride in self and fellow swimmers. We work hard to promote an environment where our swimmers are safe and supported in a healthy and positive environment
.  Team success is based on learning to work with others for the achievement of the group goals with the understanding that individual needs can be met through group effort.

Membership in VSC is open to children ages 5-18, who can pass a skills evaluation.  VSC is not a learn to swim program. Previous swimming instruction is generally required before a child will have the basic minimum skills. During the skills evaluation, the swimmer must be able to perform the basic skills of freestyle and backstroke.  After the swimmer passes the skills evaluation, the Head Coach will place the swimmer into the appropriate group based on his/her skill level.