What is the “Gold Medal” status that NAC has been awarded from USA Swimming?
The Gold Medal status is an award given to top-20 clubs in the country. NAC is listed as #12 this year! This status also signifies the teams’ commitment to education, safety, proper technique, and more. Where all of these things come together, teams are awarded this status.
What are some of the team’s accomplishments?
NAC has been a leader in the Southeastern Swimming division, winning the SE Championships well over 40 times. Nationally, NAC has been recognized by USA Swimming as a Gold Medal Club for 15 years; currently we are the only team in the Middle Tennessee area that has ever received this level of recognition. NAC has produced numerous Olympians, Olympic Trial qualifiers, Senior and Junior National qualifiers, Sectional and Southeastern champions, as well as National Age Group record holders. With all of our accomplishments, we recognize that it is the quality of the entire program from start to finish, not just our elite level programming, that makes NAC a continual success.
Do I need to be an elite swimmer to join Nashville Aquatic Club?
NAC offers a variety of programs and levels in which swimmers can participate. Elite swimmers are the result of knowledgeable coaching and consistent training, which NAC has a long history of providing. Each swimmer, no matter how elite, has started at the beginning where they have learned the basic fundamentals of swimming and a general love for the sport. NAC provides each of its athletes the opportunity to start from the very basics and advance to the most elite level. No matter what your child’s current ability level is, you can rest assured that there is a place for them within the NAC program.
If my child is not one of the fastest swimmers, will he/she get any attention from the coach?
It is the mission of the NAC coaches to help each swimmer become the best swimmer they can be. Each child is different in their abilities, growth, and development, which factors in to their personal journey as a swimmer. The coaches understand this individualized process and thus are focused on teaching the character skills necessary, such as hard work, coachability, and personal achievement, to help each swimmer reach their potential at their own pace.
Do you focus on technique?
Proper swimming technique is the foundation of our curriculum. It is taught at all stages of our programs, but is emphasized at the beginner levels. It is our goal to help each swimmer develop proper stroke technique early on and learn to remain focused on maintaining that technique throughout their advancement through the program.
Do you offer private lessons?
Private lessons are not something that NAC typically recommends or finds useful for the long term development of the child as a swimmer. What private lessons can do is give the swimmer the false impression that swimming is a quick fix and not a gradual progression. It can also be very expensive. NAC is committed to hiring and training good coaches who work with our athletes on a weekly basis in practice to become better swimmers.