The mission of TIDE Swimming is to share our passion for and knowledge of the sport of swimming. Committed to excellence, we strive to provide our student athletes with the resources they need to achieve their full potential in a fun, team environment. We strive to make a positive lifelong impact on every member of our team.
The vision of TIDE Swimming is to consistently be one of the top three swim clubs in the Commonwealth of Virginia and to achieve at least Silver Medal recognition in the USA Swimming Club Excellence program. TIDE Swimming is committed to individual and team success from novice to age group through to the Olympic level, fostering excellence in all that we do.
We value our focus on strong technical instruction as a cornerstone of our team philosophy and success.
We value an environment that fosters personal goal setting and the desire for self-improvement, understanding that the process of achieving is as significant as realizing the achievement itself.
We value a positive team environment that embraces commitment, dedication, perseverance and hard work.
We value the ideals of honesty, integrity, good sportsmanship, and team loyalty.
We value our parents, families, and their volunteerism and know they are key contributors to our team success.
We value having our swimmers having fun and building lasting friendships through their participation on our team.
We value our coaches and fully entrust them with the responsibility that comes with instructing and motivating our athletes and accomplishing our team mission and vision.
We value our Board of Directors for their leadership, integrity, honesty, and adherence to sound business practices, while maintaining financial stability for the team.
TIDE Swimming began as TIDE Swim Team in January 1988 with the vision of founder Sandra Jones. The team was established with fewer than twenty swimmers and since then has grown to over 500 athletes from Swim School to Swim Team to TIDE Masters.
A team always with a strong sense of community, TIDE Swim Team aligned itself with the Jewish Community Center and the Boys Club prior to its current long-standing relationship with the YMCA of South Hampton Roads.
In 2000, the organizations teamed to construct a then state-of-the-art air structure over Mount Trashmore YMCA'S 25-meter pool. The TIDE - YMCA partnership continued to change the face of swimming in Hampton Roads with the 2015 opening of our new 50m Myrtha pool, located at the YMCA's newest facility: the Princess Anne Family YMCA. TIDE further extended its reach in 2016 by adding two practice locations in Chesapeake at the Greenbrier and Great Bridge / Hickory Family YMCAs.
TIDE athletes have been world-ranked, USA National and USA Junior National qualifiers, Virginia Swimming Age Group and Senior level champions, and Virginia Swimming individual and relay record holders. They have established numerous USA Swimming National Top 16 and Top 10 reportable performances.
Now in 2018, having celebrated 30 years of cultivating a passion for swimming, TIDE Swimming continues to grow and attract new talent, both in the pool and on deck. Thank you all for being a part of the past, present, and future success of TIDE Swimming.