support our mission
At Dad’s Club Aquatics, we seek to build on our history, legacy and expertise to provide innovative swimming and aquatics programs for generations to come.
There are many ways you can help support our mission. Support a swimmer in our annual Swim Marathon fall fundraiser. Become a sponsor and enjoy year-round visibility on our campus and website. Contribute to the Julian Bott Memorial Scholarship Fund and help provide financial assistance to young swimmers. Or give back through Amazon and Kroger every time you shop!
If donating by check, please mail checks to:
Dad's Club Aquatic Center, Inc.
Attn: Swim Marathon
1006 Voss Road
Houston TX 77055
Dad’s Club Aquatic Center, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization.
TAX ID #76-0351808
our community initiatives
The community spirit that created Dad’s Club decades ago continues today through the support of long-time patrons, swim team parents, and area residents and neighbors. These individuals and businesses recognize the longstanding connection Dad’s Club has to the community, and our 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, serving thousands of members within our community every year.
Explore Our Community Initiatives
Dad’s Club Swim Start
We provide swimming lessons for all ages and income demographics. We teach more than 1200 students each year through our Swim Start program, which is 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 Dad’s Club, who meet or exceed industry best practices.
Dad’s Club USA Swim Team
Inducted into the Texas Swimming Hall of Fame, our 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 through the development of leadership skills, while swimmers become responsible citizens of our community. The team regularly sends swimmers to NCAA Division 1 universities to swim on the intercollegiate level. Dad’s Club also hosts the City of Spring Valley’s neighborhood summer swim team, the Spring Valley Dolphins, which gives children a summer swim team experience.
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.
American Red Cross Provider for Lifeguarding and Lifeguard Instructor Training
Dad’s Club employs many Lifeguard Instructors and we provide Houston-wide training 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 Junior Lifeguard training and certification for the community.
Project Swim for Life – Spring Branch ISD
To teach both the fun and dangers of the water, Dad’s Club Instructors and Coaches work in classrooms in elementary schools, such as Spring Branch ISD’s Hunter’s Creek, Frostwood and Housman. The Project Swim for Life program is a resource for public schools that benefits the students and taxpayers through high-quality instruction at no cost. Dad’s Club is a certified alternate physical education class site.
Dad’s Club “Footprints” Program
We provide swimming lessons for children and adults living with special needs through our Footprints program. We teach swimmers with pervasive developmental disorders (like autism), children with physical difficulties (like cerebral palsy), and those with 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.
US Masters Swimming Program
The Dad’s Club Masters swimming program consists of coached workouts developed specifically for adult swimmers over 18 years of age. Competitions are sponsored by USMS and are held locally, often at 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 help them improve the swim portion of their races. Participants use Dad’s Club for our quality pool, convenient Interstate 10 location, and subsidized low cost for participation.
Aquatic Fitness for Seniors
Arthritis Foundation-certified instructors provide group water-based physical activity classes for seniors at Dad’s Club. These classes typically take place in waist-deep water, without swimming, and they focus on flexibility, endurance and strength. Dad’s Club also offers pool time for several private and hospital-system physical and occupational therapists. Dad’s Club is a Medicare-certified facility.
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, so they can learn to swim.
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.
Dad’s Club has provided training to a Sea World applicant, two Military Academy Candidates and to 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, the Houston Fire Department, the U.S. 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 Dad’s Club to provide additional pool time, while collegiate teams also rely on Dad’s Club. In addition, facilities have been provided to traveling teams with universities, USA Nationals and Junior Nationals.
Dad’s Club has also worked with a National Geographic team filming a portion of the miniseries, “What is the Earth Worth?” in our 50m pool. We’ve been the site for both a summertime HEB commercial and a Conoco/Phillips 66 commercial, which featured several of our adult swimmers. Dad’s Club has always donated pool time for these and many other community endeavors.