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Pre Competitive

About Pre Competitive

Palo Alto Swim & Sport: Pre Competitive
The Pre Competitive group at Palo Alto Swim and Sport bridges the gap between our Palo Alto Swim School and the Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics Swim Team (PASA). This program is designed to continue the development cycle of freestyle and backstroke, while building the foundational skills of timing and leg driven rhythm of breaststroke and butterfly. Fundamental concepts of reading the clock and drill progressions will also be introduced. Swimmers in the group will learn how to receive instruction from on the deck coaching, giving them the skills to confidently graduate to the PASA swim team.

Ages: 6-10

Framework for incoming skills, skills taught, educational component and gear used.
Pre Requisite Skills
25 yards legal freestyle
25 yards legal backstroke
Developing Breaststroke
Developing Dolphin kick

Skills Taught
Bilateral breathing
Proper head position & body alignment
Streamline Position
Introduction to flip turns & open turns
Forward kneeling dive
Breaststroke timing & Introduction to pulldowns
Development of Butterfly rhythm

Equipment Used/Required
Kick board

Swimmers will play broad based movement games
Swimmers will participate in multiple sports/activities

Parent Education
1/4ly informal coaching Q&A
Introduced to the role of the parent, swimmer and coach in Long Term Athlete Development

Group Based Learning and Development
Swimmer knows team name and colors
Swimmer will learn in a group environment and develop a concept of team identity

Schedule & Pricing

Pre Competitive will run on a monthly basis. You can sign up for 1, 2 or 3 days per week!


Weekly Schedule:
Tuesday: 3:15pm – 4:00pm
Wednesday: 3:15pm – 4:00pm
Thursday: 3:15pm – 4:00pm


Resident Membership: $54/per day
Non-Resident Membership: $60/per day

*A yearly fee of $75.00 will be billed upon signup (caps, shirts & awards).

Register here! – Make sure to click on Pre Comp in the Class Options.

Our Pre Competitive Swim Coach

Steve Hurko / Pre Competitive Coach

Steve Hurko joins Palo Alto Swim and Sport as Masters Head Coach and Head of Camps at the Rinconada site. From a young age Steve has had a passion for the water. Swimming for his neighborhood cabana team, local club team, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and eventually with United States Masters swimming gives Steve a unique perspective on the lifecycle of the sport, and various levels of competition. During his time at Cal Poly, Steve swam the 200FR, 100FLY and 200FLY.

Having spent the last decade in coaching and program development/ management for the likes of Santa Clara Swim Club, Moffett Towers Club and The Bay Club; Steve returns to the deck to pursue his passion of working with athletes and program design.