Youth Swim Programs

Youth Swim Programs

The UC Sharks Summer Swim Program is a three month season designed for kids 4-18 yrs at any ability level. For some this will serve as an introduction to the sport of swimming, for others an enjoyable summer activity. MCAC aims present an aquatics program that helps swimmers transition from summer recreational swimming into competitive club participation, with the emphasis on individual progress, team unity, and family participation in both competitive and pre-competitive environments. The main goals of the University Club Coaching Staff are to make each individual feel welcome into a positive learning environment and to strive for improvement in all strokes throughout the season.

  • UC Sharks: Members Only Summer League Swim Team
    • 2019 UC Sharks Swim Team
      Prepare yourselves for another exciting summer of University Club swimming! The UC Sharks coaching staff is eager to have each swimmer making waves and having a blast as the season approaches. Our program is open to all member children of 5 years and older. The goals for the summer season are to develop each participant’s aquatic skills to the best of their ability, while instilling a positive approach to competition and team camaraderie. The Peninsula Swim Association (PSA) meet season begins in June but we urge all swimmers to come out for practice at the end of April to maximize personal results and build a great group dynamic.

      Summer Swim Registration

      2019 Meet & Event Schedule  

      • Sunday, April 28 - Kickoff BBQ  
      • Monday, April 29 - Practice Begins!  
      • Wednesday, June 5 - Time Trials & Ice Cream Social  
      • Wednesday, June 12-  UC @ Ladera Oaks  
      • Wednesday, June 19 - UC @Foothills  
      • Wednesday, June 26 - Fremont Hills @ UC  
      • Saturday, June 29 - Relay Meet (Invitation only)@ TBD Pizza & Movie Night @ UC  
      • Wednesday, July 10 - SCRA @ UC  
      • Wednesday, July 17 - Alpine @ UC  
      • Saturday, July 20  - Championship Meet @ Palo Alto High School   & Awards Dinner @ UC        

      Registration Options & Dues 

      This fee covers awards, social events, swim meets, T-shirts, caps, coaching, and other team expenses. 

      Plan A: - entire summer Swimmers who will attend practices and events for the entire summer swim season. 

      Plan B: - half season This plan is for those who will be swimming for anysix consecutive weeks of the summer season. 

      Plan C: - High School, MCAC, or other USS club swimmers that will be competing in swim meets for the UC Sharks. 

      Group Descriptions and Practice Times

      Mako Sharks
      (11 & above): 4:45pm – 6:00pm (Monday – Friday)

      The Mako Sharks group consists of our oldest and most seasoned UC swimmers. This group will work towards gaining a greater fitness level to develop speed. Much time will be spent working on starts and turns for race purposes. These swimmers will also experience the value of being leaders on the team.

      Sand Sharks

      (Ages 9 - 10): 4:45pm - 5:45pm (Monday-Friday)
      The Sand Sharks will be guided towards the importance of stroke technique in gaining overall speed in all four competitive strokes. Each practice will consist of a mix between refining stroke mechanics and challenging swim sets. Race starts and strategy will also be covered thoroughly.

      Tiger Sharks
      (Ages 7 – 8): 4:00pm - 4:45pm (Monday - Friday)
      The Tiger Sharks group will focus on technique and strength building through kicking and stroke drills. At this level of development all four competitive strokes, as well as safe and successful diving form, will make up the main points of emphasis. All of this work will be in preparation for swim meet participation.

      (Ages 6 & under) 3:30pm - 4:00pm (Monday - Friday)
      The Pollywogs is our introductory group to the swim team experience! Provided with in water instruction, these swimmers will build confidence and the fundamentals of freestyle, backstroke and diving.  As the season progresses we hope to get them comfortable with butterfly and breaststroke. 

      (Ages 4-6) 3:30pm - 4:00pm (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday*)
      The Tadpole group is an introductory class to prep for summer swim team to teach basic water safety skills, such as taking a breath, back-float, front-float, 'big arms', and a proper kick that are crucial to confident swimming. Download registration here. *Session 4 July 1-July 19th will be Monday, Tuesday and Friday 

  • MCAC: Year-Round Competitive Swim Team
    • Year Round Swim Team

      University Club of Palo Alto Aquatic Programs

      Program Description: 
      This program will focus on the fundamentals of all four swimming strokes through perfect technique in a fun learning environment. Basic introductions to the importance of kicking and body positioning with the incorporation of breathing patterns and arm strokes will be the main emphasis for the younger swimmers. Older, more experienced swimmers will branch out into other necessary swim aspects such as starts, turns, and finishes along with increased aerobic build up through interval training. 

      **All coaching will be on-deck.

      Program Dates:

      • Matadero Creek Aquatics
      • Monday - Saturday
      • MCAC Pre-Competitive Program
      • Monday - Thursday

      Group Times:

      Matadero Creek Aquatics

      Red Group
      Monday - Friday 4:00 - 4:45pm

      White Group
      Monday - Thursday 4:45 - 6:00pm
      Friday 4:00 - 5:15pm
      Saturday 9:00 - 10:15am

      Blue Group
      Monday - Thursday 4:45 - 6:30pm
      Friday 4:00 - 5:30pm
      Saturday 9:00 - 10:45am

      MCAC Pre-Competitive Groups
      Group #1 (Ages 8 & Under)  Monday - Thursday  4:00 - 4:30pm
      Group #2 (Ages 9 & 10)  Monday - Thursday  4:00 - 4:45pm

      To join or if you have any questions, feel free to contact: UCPA Head Coach, Matt Schubert –  Aquatics Office Telephone Line: 650-493-2375 x24

  • Swim Lessons
    • Lessons

      The University Club of Palo Alto offers private and semi-private swim lessons for adults and children ages 3 & up. All abilities are welcome. Looking to improve your swimming? We work with those who want to learn how to swim as well as those interested in strengthening their skills for competition, triathlons, scuba diving, surfing or other aquatic activities.

      Children looking to take lessons are required to be potty trained (no swim diapers). Semi-private lessons are also available for friends & families looking to schedule lessons together. Our staff has experience in & around the pool as swimmers, water polo players and/or lifeguards. All are Red Cross certified in CPR & First Aid.

      For more information please contact: or 650.493.2375.

      Download our Swim Lesson Policy and Registration Form

      Policies & General Information:

      Missed/Cancelled Lessons
      Lessons are held RAIN OR SHINE. Cancellations by management due to facility related circumstances or weather, such as pool maintenance, lightning and/or severe weather will be credited to your account.

      Private & Semi-Private Lessons
      Cancellation of a private or semi-private lesson must be cancelled or rescheduled 48 HOURS in advance. Lessons not cancelled 48 hours in advance are subject to full charges.

      Child Illness
      If your child has a cold, but is eating well & acting normal bring him or her to the lesson. Our pool chemicals meet the highest health standards. Please do not bring a child who is not eating, has a fever, is listless, or shows signs of bacterial infection.

      Please arrive at least 5 minutes prior to scheduled lesson. Lessons will end at scheduled time regardless of arrival time.

      Swim diapers & children who are not yet potty-trained are NOT PERMITTED in the main pool.Private lessons for children over the age of 3 who are not yet potty-trained will be held in the children’s wading pool.


      Fees are incurred on the basis of enrollment, not attendance.
      Members- Will be billed to their account.
      Non-members- Make checks payable to UCPA. PAYMENT IS DUE AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION.

      To Register for Swim Lessons:

      • Contact:
      • Registration is on first-come, first- served basis.
      • Requested times & dates are not guaranteed.
      • Complete medical release forms.
      • Indicate desired lesson days & times between 10am & 3:30pm. Please provide several alternatives.
      • Include swimmers name (both names for Semi-Private)

        Return info by email, fax or mail to:
        Address:3277 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304
        Fax: 650.493.0479
        Attention: Aquatics

      UCPA Aquatics will contact you within 2 weeks of receiving your request.

      Single Lesson Rates:
      (30 Minute Lesson)


      Assistant Instructor

      Head Instructor

      Private $41 $48
      Semi-Private (rate per swimmer) $30 $35
      Non- Member
      Private $61 $69
      Semi-Private (2 Swimmers) $48/Swimmer $53/Swimmer
      Session Rates:
      Monday - Sunday, 4 ConsecUtive Lessons within same week
      Assistant Instructor
      Head Instructor
      Private $160 $180
      Semi-Private (rate per swimmer) $110/Swimmer $130/Swimmer
      Assistant Instructor
      Head Instructor
      Private $230 $265
      Semi-Private (rate per swimmer) $173/Swimmer $195/Swimmer
  • Swim Lesson Instructor Availability
    • Click the instructor's name below to view their availability:

      Coach Sydney

  • Water Polo
    • UCPA Summer Water Polo

      Practice Objectives:

      The UC Junior Water Polo is open to all beginners interested in an exciting game that combines swimming, ball handling, and team concepts.

      This program is intended for participants between the ages of 9 and 14. Strong swimming skills are recommended. The University Club coaching staff will provide a basic and fun introduction to the sport while focusing in the following skills:
      • Aquatic mobility- swimming, sculling, and treading water.
      • Ball handling- pickups, passing, protection, and shooting.
      • Game aspects- explanation of general rules of play,  offensive and defensive positioning.

      Practice Dates:

      June 11, 2019 – July 18, 2019 (No practice on July 4, 2019)

      Practice Days:

      Tuesdays and Thursdays

      Practice Times:

      6:00 – 7:00 PM

      UCPA Member Rate: $180
      UC Shark Participant Rate: $100
      Non-Member Rate: $240

      Contact Info:

      If you have any questions please contact Coach Matt Schubert.Email:
      Phone: 650.493.2375

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