Weinstein JCC Aquatics

The Dolphin Club Swim Team

There has been something special happening here at the Weinstein JCC with the Dolphin Club Swimming program. With the “Fin Family”, athletes can experience competitive swimming in an environment that facilitates self-confidence, teaches patience throughout a process, and encourages positive relationship building.

To SCHEDULE an EVALUATION with your athlete(s) for the Dolphin Club year-round swim team for the 2022-2023 season call 804-545-8640 or email Coach Craig Clift at cclift@weinsteinjcc.org.

Dates: July 7, 11, 12, 14, 18, 20, 21, 25, 26, and 27.

Times: 4:30-6:30pm.

Evaluation takes 10-15 minutes depending on your athlete’s ability level.

Swim Team Groups

<i>Elden Ring</i>'s Dirty Messages Are My Favorite, Because I'm 12Dolphin Club/Rockville Summer Swim Team (RVDC)

May 23 – July 19
 
Download a pdf of our 2022 Dolphin Club and RVDC Summer Practice Schedule here.

The Dolphin Club will be merging with the Rockville Racers again this Summer to compete in the Greater Richmond Aquatics League(GRAL). Summer swim team is a great way for your child to improve their swimming skills while introducing them to the world of competitive swimming in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. We are excited for this summer’s swim season with our focus being on team building, learning and most of all fun!

Pre-Fins Group (Ages 5-8)

Practice Recommendations
2 practices a week are recommended but not required. Each practice session lasts 45 minutes. Swimmers can expect to work up to swimming 500 to 1,000 yards per practice session.

Pre-requisite for the Pre-Fin Group
Able to complete a 25 yd freestyle and backstroke without assistance

Pre-fins is a great way to keep your child active this year while introducing them to the Dolphin Club swim team program! Practices are run as a hybrid between a swim team practice and group swim lessons. This gives the swimmers more personal attention from our coaches to improve their strokes, while also giving them a taste of the competitive swimming world. We will be holding fun intra-squad meets at the JCC throughout the year. The Pre-Fins program emphasizes learning, fitness, and fun!

Pre-Fin swimmers will learn the basics of all 4 competitive strokes in an encouraging atmosphere.  The coaches focus on teaching proper stroke techniques, introducing starts and turns, and developing a joy of swimming using games, activities, and challenges. The interpersonal skills necessary to compete in the sport of swimming also will be taught – working with teammates, following directions, listening to the coaches, and having fun!

Level 1 / Dolphin

Tentative Practice Schedule: 
Sunday
2:45-3:45pm

Monday – Thursday
4:00-5:00pm

DC recommends that Level 1 swimmers participate in monthly area swim meets to assess their progress.  

Practice Recommendations
3 to 4 practices a week are recommended but not required.  Each practice session lasts 1 hour. Swimmers can expect to work up to swimming 1,500 to 2,500 yards per practice session. 

Pre-requisites for the Level 1 Dolphin Group
7 – 8-year-old swimmers must be legal in 3 of 4 strokes, and perform legal starts and turns. 
9–12-year-old swimmers must be able to complete a 25 yd freestyle & backstroke without assistance.

Level 1 is our introductory Dolphin group for 9- to 12-year-old swimmers as well as advanced 7- 8-year-old swimmers. The Dolphin Group focuses on teaching the basics of all 4 competitive strokes and starts and turns in a fun, challenging environment.  Coaches will emphasize proper stroke technique, starts, and turns, and building cardiovascular endurance through drills, sets, and enjoyable activities. Coaches will work on the interpersonal skills necessary to compete in the sport of swimming– working with teammates, following directions, listening to the coaches, and having fun.

To register, download the application form here and email Coach Craig at cclift@weinsteinjcc.org with the completed applications. 

Level 2 / Wahoo

Tentative Practice Schedule: 
Sunday
3:45-5:00pm

Monday – Thursday
5:00-6:15 pm

Practice Recommendations
4 to 5 practices a week are recommended but not required.  Each swim practice session lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Swimmers can expect to work up to swimming 3,000 yards per practice session. 

Pre-requisites for the Level 2 Wahoo Group:

  • 9-14 years of age
  • Legal in all four strokes
  • Can perform legal starts and turns
  • Can read the pace clock
  • Familiar with interval training and drills
  • USA Swimming B/BB times or higher in their age group
  • Able to complete a 200 Free and 200 IM

Level 2 Wahoo Group is designed for swimmers with previous swim team experience who are legal in all four strokes, know how to perform all starts & turns, as well as read the pace clock. The Wahoo Group will continue to work on stroke technique while introducing race strategies in practice by learning and performing stroke-specific drills during practice.  Training will begin to include a focus on longer-distance events and IMs.  Coaches will introduce race strategies and techniques used by swimmers in the next level practice group and continue to emphasize the importance of working with teammates, following directions, listening to the coaches, and having fun. Coaches will work with swimmers to understand and use USA Swimming time standards to set & achieve personal goals using interval training in practice. DC recommends participation in monthly swim meets with a focus on qualifying at the end of the season for regional and state championship meets.

To register, download the application form here and email Coach Craig at cclift@weinsteinjcc.org with the completed applications. 

Level 3 / Sailfish

Tentative Practice Schedule: 
Sunday
5:00-6:45pm

Monday – Thursday
6:15-8:00pm

Practice Recommendations
5 practices a week is suggested if the goal is to achieve Age and Senior Championship time standards or higher.

Level 3 Sailfish group is designed for 12–18-year-old swimmers who have goals of participating in District, Regional, State, and National level invitational meets. Dolphin Club coaches emphasize proper stroke technique while working on overall athletic conditioning and endurance.  The primary focus will be on competing in every event with a secondary focus on specific individual events. The advanced race strategies and techniques used in the Level 3 group will be introduced. Each Sailfish swimmer will establish personal goals and work towards achieving those goals using interval training in practice.  Coaches will emphasize, encourage, and highlight important topics associated with achieving success both in and out of the pool.  Topics will include teamwork, time management, race strategies, mental training, and other life lessons. Participation in monthly swim meets is suggested to help prepare athletes for end-of-the-season championship meets.

To register, download the application form here and email Coach Craig at cclift@weinsteinjcc.org with the completed applications. 

Meet the Head Swim Coach: Craig Clift

Coach Clift graduated from VCU with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation with a concentration in Finance and Management. While at VCU from 1982-1986, he swam for the Rams. He holds four individual records and was a part of five record-holding relay teams. Coach Clift has 31 years of coaching experience encompassing all ages and ranges, from Summer League and High School teams to teams with Age Group, Top 10-16 in the USA, Zone and National Select Camp athletes, NCSA Junior National, USA Junior National, US Open, Nationals, Olympic Trial athletes, and top 100 World ranked athletes. He has 25 years of team management experience and brings with him innovative and sound ideas for the Dolphin Club. Coach Craig is a lifetime member of the American Swim Coaches Association and is qualified for Level 4 certification. Craig Clift is the father of two children and enjoys living in Mechanicsville, VA.

Coach Craig brings a consistent philosophy of total involvement with athletes in and out of the water, development and education of swimmers and their families, guidance of swimmers progressively through their swimming experience at their own pace, dedication to the mastery of required technical skills before focusing on training to swim faster, program development from Novice through National programs recognizing that all successful clubs are built on a foundation of younger swimmers, teamwork, friendship, support and training for all athletes.

The Aquatics Program is supported in part by: 

Gerrie Cairns Aquatics Fund and Evelyn Zaben Benson JCC Aquatics Endowment Fund.

All of our swim classes are supported by The Kathie and Steve Markel Learn to Swim Program.

The Dolphin Club Swim Team

There has been something special happening here at the Weinstein JCC with the Dolphin Club Swimming program. With the “Fin Family”, athletes can experience competitive swimming in an environment that facilitates self-confidence, teaches patience throughout a process, and encourages positive relationship building.

To SCHEDULE an EVALUATION with your athlete(s) for the Dolphin Club year-round swim team for the 2022-2023 season call 804-545-8640 or email Coach Craig Clift at cclift@weinsteinjcc.org.

Dates: July 7, 11, 12, 14, 18, 20, 21, 25, 26, and 27.

Times: 4:30-6:30pm.

Evaluation takes 10-15 minutes depending on your athlete’s ability level.

Swim Team Groups

<i>Elden Ring</i>'s Dirty Messages Are My Favorite, Because I'm 12Dolphin Club/Rockville Summer Swim Team (RVDC)

May 23 – July 19
 
Download a pdf of our 2022 Dolphin Club and RVDC Summer Practice Schedule here.

The Dolphin Club will be merging with the Rockville Racers again this Summer to compete in the Greater Richmond Aquatics League(GRAL). Summer swim team is a great way for your child to improve their swimming skills while introducing them to the world of competitve swimming in a fun, relaxed atmospher. We are excited for this summer’s swim season with our focus being on team building, learning and most of all fun!

 

Pre-Fins Group (Ages 5-8)

Practice Recommendations
2 practices a week are recommended but not required. Each practice session lasts 45 minutes. Swimmers can expect to work up to swimming 500 to 1,000 yards per practice session.

Pre-requisite for the Pre-Fin Group
Able to complete a 25 yd freestyle and backstroke without assistance

Pre-fins is a great way to keep your child active this year while introducing them to the Dolphin Club swim team program! Practices are run as a hybrid between a swim team practice and group swim lessons. This gives the swimmers more personal attention from our coaches to improve their strokes, while also giving them a taste of the competitive swimming world. We will be holding fun intra-squad meets at the JCC throughout the year. The Pre-Fins program emphasizes learning, fitness, and fun!

Pre-Fin swimmers will learn the basics of all 4 competitive strokes in an encouraging atmosphere.  The coaches focus on teaching proper stroke techniques, introducing starts and turns, and developing a joy of swimming using games, activities, and challenges. The interpersonal skills necessary to compete in the sport of swimming also will be taught – working with teammates, following directions, listening to the coaches, and having fun!

Level 1 / Dolphin

Tentative Practice Schedule: 
Sunday
2:45-3:45pm

Monday – Thursday
4:00-5:00pm

DC recommends that Level 1 swimmers participate in monthly area swim meets to assess their progress.  

Practice Recommendations
3 to 4 practices a week are recommended but not required.  Each practice session lasts 1 hour. Swimmers can expect to work up to swimming 1,500 to 2,500 yards per practice session. 

Pre-requisites for the Level 1 Dolphin Group
7 – 8-year-old swimmers must be legal in 3 of 4 strokes, and perform legal starts and turns. 
9–12-year-old swimmers must be able to complete a 25 yd freestyle & backstroke without assistance.

Level 1 is our introductory Dolphin group for 9- to 12-year-old swimmers as well as advanced 7- 8-year-old swimmers. The Dolphin Group focuses on teaching the basics of all 4 competitive strokes and starts and turns in a fun, challenging environment.  Coaches will emphasize proper stroke technique, starts, and turns, and building cardiovascular endurance through drills, sets, and enjoyable activities. Coaches will work on the interpersonal skills necessary to compete in the sport of swimming– working with teammates, following directions, listening to the coaches, and having fun.

To register, download the application form here and email Coach Craig at cclift@weinsteinjcc.org with the completed applications. 

Level 2 / Wahoo

Tentative Practice Schedule: 
Sunday
3:45-5:00pm

Monday – Thursday
5:00-6:15 pm

Practice Recommendations
4 to 5 practices a week are recommended but not required.  Each swim practice session lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Swimmers can expect to work up to swimming 3,000 yards per practice session. 

Pre-requisites for the Level 2 Wahoo Group:

  • 9-14 years of age
  • Legal in all four strokes
  • Can perform legal starts and turns
  • Can read the pace clock
  • Familiar with interval training and drills
  • USA Swimming B/BB times or higher in their age group
  • Able to complete a 200 Free and 200 IM

Level 2 Wahoo Group is designed for swimmers with previous swim team experience who are legal in all four strokes, know how to perform all starts & turns, as well as read the pace clock. The Wahoo Group will continue to work on stroke technique while introducing race strategies in practice by learning and performing stroke-specific drills during practice.  Training will begin to include a focus on longer-distance events and IMs.  Coaches will introduce race strategies and techniques used by swimmers in the next level practice group and continue to emphasize the importance of working with teammates, following directions, listening to the coaches, and having fun. Coaches will work with swimmers to understand and use USA Swimming time standards to set & achieve personal goals using interval training in practice. DC recommends participation in monthly swim meets with a focus on qualifying at the end of the season for regional and state championship meets.

To register, download the application form here and email Coach Craig at cclift@weinsteinjcc.org with the completed applications. 

Level 3 / Sailfish

Tentative Practice Schedule: 
Sunday
5:00-6:45pm

Monday – Thursday
6:15-8:00pm

Practice Recommendations
5 practices a week is suggested if the goal is to achieve Age and Senior Championship time standards or higher.

Level 3 Sailfish group is designed for 12–18-year-old swimmers who have goals of participating in District, Regional, State, and National level invitational meets. Dolphin Club coaches emphasize proper stroke technique while working on overall athletic conditioning and endurance.  The primary focus will be on competing in every event with a secondary focus on specific individual events. The advanced race strategies and techniques used in the Level 3 group will be introduced. Each Sailfish swimmer will establish personal goals and work towards achieving those goals using interval training in practice.  Coaches will emphasize, encourage, and highlight important topics associated with achieving success both in and out of the pool.  Topics will include teamwork, time management, race strategies, mental training, and other life lessons. Participation in monthly swim meets is suggested to help prepare athletes for end-of-the-season championship meets.

To register, download the application form here and email Coach Craig at cclift@weinsteinjcc.org with the completed applications. 

Meet the Head Swim Coach: Craig Clift

Coach Clift graduated from VCU with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation with a concentration in Finance and Management. While at VCU from 1982-1986, he swam for the Rams. He holds four individual records and was a part of five record-holding relay teams. Coach Clift has 31 years of coaching experience encompassing all ages and ranges, from Summer League and High School teams to teams with Age Group, Top 10-16 in the USA, Zone and National Select Camp athletes, NCSA Junior National, USA Junior National, US Open, Nationals, Olympic Trial athletes, and top 100 World ranked athletes. He has 25 years of team management experience and brings with him innovative and sound ideas for the Dolphin Club. Coach Craig is a lifetime member of the American Swim Coaches Association and is qualified for Level 4 certification. Craig Clift is the father of two children and enjoys living in Mechanicsville, VA.

Coach Craig brings a consistent philosophy of total involvement with athletes in and out of the water, development and education of swimmers and their families, guidance of swimmers progressively through their swimming experience at their own pace, dedication to the mastery of required technical skills before focusing on training to swim faster, program development from Novice through National programs recognizing that all successful clubs are built on a foundation of younger swimmers, teamwork, friendship, support and training for all athletes.

The Aquatics Program is supported in part by: 

Gerrie Cairns Aquatics Fund and Evelyn Zaben Benson JCC Aquatics Endowment Fund.

All of our swim classes are supported by The Kathie and Steve Markel Learn to Swim Program.