The beginner swimmer to the world class athlete.


Our Team

Cardinal Swimming is one of the six sites of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics (PASA) and is the premier USA swim program in the Palo Alto area. The USA Swimming certified coaching staff provides high-quality coaching to support the best possible competitive year-round swim program.  We offer a comprehensive program for all athletes, from the beginner swimmer to the Olympian. Over the past 10 years, PASA has established itself as the #1 team in California and ranks consistently as one of the top teams in the United States.

Team Philosophy

In order to maximize long-term athletic development, young athletes must be developed as a whole person. The swimmers, coaches, and parents work together to promote personal and athletic excellence. The team comes first and working together towards common goals brings out the best in everyone.

Our program focuses on technique and age appropriate training. Training groups provide a systematic progression of increased expectations and involvement. As swimmers develop emotionally and physically, workload increases.

Coaches Philosophy

The coaching staff are professionals who are passionate about swimming. The staff and team provide individuals and families with the resources needed to achieve their goals, and to reach the highest levels in competitive swimming. 

The coaches believe in progressive technique and training development for long-term success in swimming. The emphasis at the early stages of development is on learning and mastering the necessary skills. As swimmers develop, training workload increases gradually. As swimmers progress into the Senior and National level programs, practices are designed to maximize individual and team potential.

Professional Certification

All swim team coaches are USA Swimming Registered & Certified, including background check, Athlete Protection, USA Swimming SafeSport & Coaches Safety Training, CPR & First Aid Certifications. 

Our Cardinal Swim School instructors complete the Cardinal Swimming Instructor Certification in addition to safety & first aid training. Swim School instructors structure private and group lesson plans inline with our progressive levels & technique development guides.

To develop champions in life through excellence in swimming.

To be the most recognized and successful club in USA Swimming.
— Team Mission Statement