Community Initiatives

The community spirit which formed Dad’s Club decades ago continues today through the support of long-time patrons, swim team parents, and area residents and neighbors. These individuals recognize the longstanding connection Dad’s Club has to the community and its commitment to offering a wide variety of programs for youths, adults, and seniors. As a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization, Dad’s Club Aquatic Center provides an unparalleled tradition of excellence within a safe, diverse, and welcoming environment for all, having served over 2,300 members of the community in 2020 alone.

American Red Cross Provider for Lifeguarding and Lifeguard Instructor Training

Dad’s Club employs many Lifeguard Instructors and provides training Houston-wide to lifeguards who go on to work at private pools, City of Houston pools, and even at area lakes and beaches – keeping the public safe. Dad’s Club also offers CPR, Babysitting, and Jr. Lifeguard training/certificates for the community.

Dad’s Club Swim Start

Swimming lessons for all ages and income demographics. Over 1200 students are taught per year by this program partially funded by a grant from The USA Swimming Foundation’s “Make a Splash” initiative. This national child-focused water safety campaign aims to provide an opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim. The USA Swimming Foundation strongly recommends swim lesson providers, like the Dad’s Club, who meet or exceed industry best practices.

Project Swim for Life – Spring Branch ISD

To teach both the fun and dangers of the water, Dad’s Club Instructors and Coaches are working in classrooms in elementary schools such as Spring Branch ISD’s Hunter’s Creek, Frostwood, and Housman. This program is a resource for public schools that benefits the students and taxpayers with high quality instruction at no cost. Dad’s Club is a certified alternate Physical Education class site.

The Julian Bott Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Julian Bott Memorial Scholarship Fund continues the legacy of Julian Bott, a decorated swimmer named to the British Olympic team in 1980 and an active member of Dad’s Club. Julian attended Harvard University, where he captained the men’s swim team and taught children in the community to swim each year. Through the original donation to this fund, the Bott family hopes to ignite the same love of swimming that Julian had and to provide swim lessons to children who might not otherwise be able to afford them. Families may submit an application for the Julian Bott Memorial Scholarship Fund which aims to provide financial assistance to 40 children a year, between the ages of 2 and 18 to learn to swim.

Dad’s Club “Foot Prints” Program

Swimming lessons for children and adults living with special needs. This program teaches swimmers with pervasive developmental disorders (like autism), children with physical difficulties (like cerebral palsy), and other disabilities. The goal is for all swimmers to find relaxation and relief in the water. Currently, lessons are conducted hourly, and sessions are scheduled twice a week. Financial Assistance from Dad’s Club is available.

The Dad’s Club Mavericks

The first Special Olympics swim team in Texas provides year-round swim training and athletic competition in swimming for children and adults living with intellectual disabilities. This program provides opportunities for participants to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, create friendships, and experience joy in sharing their skills with their families and other swimmers in the community. Volunteer coaches are Dad’s Club adult members and senior swim team members. Dad’s Club also donates the pool time every Sunday afternoon for two hours.

Aquatic Fitness for Seniors

Arthritis Foundation Certified Instructors provide group water-based physical activity classes for Seniors. These classes are typically done in waist-deep water, without swimming and focus on flexibility, endurance, and strength. Dad’s Club also offers pool time for several private and hospital-system physical and occupational therapists. The Dad’s Club is a Medicare Certified facility.

US Masters Swimming Program

The Dad’s Club Masters swimming program consists of coached workouts developed specifically for adult swimmers over 18 years old. Competitions are sponsored by USMS and are held locally, often at the Dad’s Club. Masters swimmers are not required to compete in meets, as many Masters swimmers join for the structure of the workouts and enjoy training for weight loss, cardiac/aerobic strengthening, and endurance. Dad’s Club has worked with many triathlon athletes to improve the swim portion of their races. Participants use the Dad’s Club for its quality pool, convenient Interstate 10 location, and subsidized low cost and participation.

Dad’s Club USA Swim Team

Inducted into the Texas Swimming Hall of Fame, this competitive swim team provides high-caliber swim training and competition for swimmers 6 – 18 years old. Dad’s Club promotes opportunities to grow mentally and socially with development of leadership skills as the swimmers become responsible citizens of our community. The Team regularly sends swimmers to NCAA Division 1 universities to swim intercollegiately. Dad’s Club also hosts the City of Spring Valley’s neighborhood summer swim team, the Spring Valley Dolphins, giving children a summer swim team experience.

Community High Schools

Dad’s Club is the home to several local schools that have swim teams but no pool on their site such as St. Thomas, Duchesne, AWTY International, and Lutheran High North. Others like Episcopal High School, Memorial High School, St. Francis Episcopal School, The Kinkaid School, and School of the Woods have all used Dad’s Club when needed.

Meeting Youth Swim Needs

In the last five years Dad’s Club has provided over 700 Boy Scout Swim Tests and worked with local troops and boys to achieve merit badges required for the Eagle Scout Rank. In addition, Dad’s Club has helped over 550 Girl Scouts in Houston with swim testing through the San Jacinto Girl Scout Council.

Interestingly, Dad’s Club has provided training to a Sea World applicant, two Military Academy Candidates, and a young Bolivian girl in Houston for a heart procedure. Dad’s Club never charges for the use of its pools for these activities.

Meeting Community Aquatic Needs

Houston Police Swift Water Rescue, Houston Fire Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Offshore Oil Trainings, have consistently used the Dad’s Club pool for safety training with their crews. The Houston Sports Authority uses the Dad’s Club to provide additional pool time. Collegiate teams also rely on Dad’s Club. In addition, the facilities have been provided to traveling teams to include Universities, USA National and Junior National Teams.

Dad’s Club has worked with a National Geographic team filming a portion of the mini-series, “What is the Earth Worth?” in its 50m pool. Dad’s Club has been the site for both a summertime HEB commercial and a Conoco/Phillips 66 commercial, which featured several of its adult swimmers. Dad’s Club has always donated its pools for these and many other community endeavors.