Upper Merion Aquatic Club
The Upper Merion Aquatic Club (Marlins) is a member-run non-profit organization (501c3), administered by an elected Board of Directors. Our mission is the development and expansion of swimming and diving as a sport, as part of a wellness regimen, and as recreation for all age groups. We are not just a team, but also a community of parents and swimmer/divers. Through our programs, we promote the development of our swimmers and divers as athletes and as individuals; we aim to produce well-rounded young people who combine a life-long love of the sport with enhanced levels of self-discipline, personal responsibility, sportsmanship, and community-mindedness. Any swimmer or diver who demonstrates good character and dedication to the sport will always be welcome on our team.
We offer a range programs for those interested in competitive swimming and diving. In the fall and winter, we offer two linked competitive swimming and diving programs. Swimmers and divers participate in the Suburban Aquatic League, with practices starting in September and meets running from November through early February. We also offer two USA swimming seasons: short course, which starts at the same time as SAL and runs through March, and long course, which begins in late April and runs through early August. Divers can join our AAU diving program, which offers practices and meets through April.
In addition, our popular Minnows program prepares swimmers ages 5 and up for the team. Minnows sign-up is held in late January, and the program runs from February through mid April.
In the spring, we offer five weeks of swim lessons for new swimmers ages 5 and up in our Spring Clinic, from late April through Memorial Day. We also offer team training for current Marlins swimmers and divers.
Finally, summer brings a short-course indoor practice for our newer swimmers, and a long course outdoor practice (with dry-land training) for our more experienced USA swimmers.