Why SwimRVA?


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Located in Chesterfield County, SwimRVA serves the Greater Richmond area as a catalyst for regional aquatics and community-wide focus on water safety, health & fitness, sports tourism and competitive swimming.  We offer swimming lessons, water aerobics, aqua running, water polo, CPR & lifeguard certification courses, masters swimming, warm water therapy pool, land fitness classes, and youth triathlon training.

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SwimRVA is proud to be a Make-A-Splash partner.  The USA Swimming Foundation partners with Learn-To-Swim providers nationwide to offset the cost of swimming lessons and educate the community about the importance of learning to swim.  For more information please check out the website: www.usaswimmingfoundation.org/makeasplash


SwimRVA would like to say thank you to our following sponsors:


Why SwimRVA

SwimRVA Mission:  To elevate swimming in the Richmond region making water safety and aquatic fitness more accessible to all.

SwimRVA Vision:  Change lives through aquatics.

SwimRVA Promise:  We serve as a catalyst for regional aquatics and community-wide focus on water safety, health and fitness, sports tourism, and competitive aquatics.



SwimRVA started as the Greater Richmond Aquatics Partnership (GRAP), a collaboration of five educational and youth sport leaders who share the goal of providing a world class facility in Chesterfield County to act as a regional catalyst for water safety, physical fitness, regional tourism, and competitive swimming.  The partnership built the 54,000 square foot Collegiate School Aquatics Center that is home to the 2008 Olympic Trials pool, along with a secondary instructional pool and a therapy pool for seniors. The facility is the first of its kind in Central Virginia and designed to be a fitness driver for residents in our area and a place for everyone to enjoy the benefits of aquatic wellness.

In the summer of 2014 GRAP changed its name to SwimRVA.  The change was to reflect our drive to become a programmatic entity and advocate for aquatics in the region.  The advocacy goals for the coming  year:

1. Year round aquatics facility in Church Hill.

2. Create a roadmap for Chesterfield and Hanover to implement learn to swim programming in every elementary school in the respective counties.

3. Increase accessible senior aquatic programming to 1000 participants a week and to broadcast the impact to encourage age wave infrastructure demand for accessible aquatic opportunities.


Check out some of our highlights from 2017:



SwimRVA is currently offering cost free Learn-To-Swim programs in three different locations including Virginia State University, Hopewell community center, and the Collegiate School Aquatics Center.  The Learn-To-Swim program offers a seven lesson SwimRVA Swim School program to second graders throughout the region. SwimRVA provides transportation, lifeguards, swim coaches, swim caps, bathing suits, and Richmond's top aquatic professionals.  This seven station curriculum provides ACCESS for every child to learn the skills to be water safe and the tools to be active, healthy, and fit for the rest of their lives.  


Since beginning the progam in 2012, SwimRVA has given over 30,000 free swim lessons.  They are now expanding to middle and high schools to work with 18 different schools throughout the region.  Take a look at some of the impact SwimRVA is making with the Learn-To-Swim program:



Academic Year


Students Served

Since 2012




Academic Year


Students Served

Since 2012


School Served

Total Students


Total Students


School Served Total Students   Total Students  

Armstrong High School





Greenfield Elementary 48   223  

Banner Christian School





Harry James Elementary 87   184  
Beulah Elementary 116  


  Hening Elementary 127   572  

Bon Air Elementary





Hopkins Elementary 88   367  

Carver College & Career Academy





Jacobs Road Elementary 136   563  

Crestwood Elementary





Matoaca Elementary 45   45  

Davis Elementary





Meadowbrook High School 26   105  

Dupont Elementary





Patrick Copeland Elementary 107   206  

Ephesus Jr. Academy





Salem Church Elementary 98   377  

Falling Creek Elementary





Salem Church Middle School 37   37  

George Whythe High School





TOTAL 1291  



Fall 2016 Learn-To-Swim Data:  

Below you can see, this past Fall, 82% of students were beginners or could not swim at all.  By the end of the curriculum only 2% were still in Station 1 and over 55% were on Station 3 or better. 

Day 1 Day 7  
46% 2% % of students who do not have the ability to swim and distances (Station 1)
36% 41% % of students who are beginning swimmers (Station 2)
10% 27% % of students who can propel 15 feet on front/back and learning crawl stroke (Station 3 & 4)
2% 20% % of students who do NOT need a life jacket where they can touch bottom and be in shallow end unassisted (Station 5)
0% 6% % of students who do NOT need a life-jacket and can swim comfortably in shallow and deep water (Station 6)
0% 3% % of students who have endurance to swim multiple laps using Freestyle and Backstroke (Station 7)


SwimRVA believes in the following core principles to help young children and adults to accomplish your goals.  These students will take these principles back to the classroom and workplace and be able to use them for the rest of their life!