Shenandoah Marlins Aquatic Club

Shenandoah Marlins Aquatic Club

Building an environment where swimmers can achieve excellence both in and out of the pool.


SMAC aims to teach swimmers of all ages and abilities the core values necessary to achieve at the highest level in and out of the pool, both as a team and individually, in a safe and competitive environment.


Our program is committed to:

  • Recruiting highly motivated coaches and volunteers who share our vision

  • Providing proper training to our coaches, staff, and volunteers so that a safe environment for the athletes is always maintained

  • Providing swimmers with a safe abuse free environment

  • Provide swimmers with the highest quality coaching possible

  • Recognize each individual (swimmer, coach, parent, volunteer, official) and the role they play in the success of our organization and athletes

  • Teach ideals, life skills, and values useful outside of the pool in everyday life

  • Encourage and provide the safest and best environment for swimmers to strive for their own ultimate excellence 

 Core Values

  • We are processed-based, and performance-driven, not the other way around

  • Short-term goals and achievement are important, but the long-term development of the person and the athlete always come first

  • A Commitment to Excellence - Individual and Team excellence is important.  We encourage the setting of extremely ambitious goals (short term and long term).

  • Hard Work –With the setting of ambitious goals must come a knowledge of the work needed to reach those levels.  

  • Time Management - With increased practice attendance comes the need to properly budget time daily, weekly, and monthly.

  • Educationally Based and Ethical Program

  • Everlasting – We aim to keep the program around long after the youngest swimmer on this team graduates from high school. 

  • The Team and The Program - No individual will ever be put ahead of the best interest of the program or the team as a whole