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Welcome to the Swarm

Rose Valley Swim & Tennis Club in Rose Valley, PA is home to a summer swim and dive team known as “The Swarm”. Our team participates in the Suburban Swim League in suburban Philadelphia. ​Our team is a teaching based program that develops competitive swimmers from ages 5 to 18 (must pass big pool swim test at opening practice) while promoting a fun and safe swim experience. Swimmers on our small team get the attention they need to develop good form. Practices are divided into aerobic conditioning, skill building drills, and a heavy dose of fun.

Join the Swarm for practice weekday afternoons! New swimmers and those 8 and under receive extra attention at a special practice from 4:00 – 4:30. Dive Team practice: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (if no Meet scheduled) Thursday, 6:30-7:30.


    • Swim team: Members  $100.
    • Dive team only: (dive is no additional cost if already on swim team) Members $80.

Not ready to join the Swarm but want to start somewhere? Beginner group lessons are held from 10:00 – 10:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. (Must be able to swim without support.)

Big Pool Test: One lap, on stomach, arms mostly over and out of water, followed by treading water for 1 minute, followed by jumping off diving board.

2021 Swarm Application Coming Soon!

Our Mission Statement

The RVST summer swim and dive teams are dedicated to offering our athletes and their families an opportunity to participate in organized sport in a setting that promotes inclusion, growth and fellowship. All swimmers and divers are valuable, contributing, members of our teams. While competitiveness is valued, it is primarily a tool for swimmers or divers to achieve their personal bests and unite around common goals. Our approach to team building encourages camaraderie and the development of bonds, such that everyone encourages and takes pride in each other during all levels of competition. We strive to cultivate an atmosphere of caring, integrity, discipline, and good sportsmanship, that inspires each swimmer or diver to achieve their maximum potential, both as an individual and as a teammate.

We regard summer swimming and diving to be an enriching childhood experience of joy, laughter, and friendships. A foundational purpose of our teams is to provide our swim and dive communities with a fun activity that nurtures the growth of new relationships and the strengthening of old ones. As a result, family involvement is a key element to the success of our teams. We both count on families to serve as significant supports to the teams and consider family as integral members of our teams. The environment we work to provide fosters the development of team spirit through the commitment of the group to the above values and principles.

Beginner Swim Lessons

Beginning Swim Lessons will start June 21st and there will be ten lessons total. Member Only Beginner Swim Lessons – Tuesday & Thursday: 10 am – 10:30 am in the middle pool.

Big Pool Test: One lap, on stomach, arms mostly over and out of water, followed by treading water for 1 minute, followed by jumping off diving board.

To take advantage of this free membership offering, be sure to join the pool or renew your membership through the Current Members page!

Regularly Scheduled Activities

Rose Valley Pool is offering free group swim lessons led by staff members. The purpose of the lessons is to give extra pool exposure to our young non swimming members. The focus will be to reinforce water safety and teach new swimming skills. Swimmers will be separated into groups by their ability. If you are interested in these free swim lessons, be sure to join or renew your membership to the pool! Current members can sign up and provide parent and swimmer name and estimated swimming level by logging into the current member page also linked above. Any questions about the lessons can be sent to the Pool Manager.

Level 1:

Introduction to Water Skills

Swimmers learn basic mechanics of swimming. Safety rules and introductory lifesaving techniques are also taught at this level. Level one is for new swimmers with very little swim lesson experience.
Basics include:

  • Bubbles
  • Floating on their back
  • Submerging their head underwater
  • Coordinating arm and leg movement
  • Kicking
Level 2:

Fundamental Aquatic Skills

Swimmers are able to do some basic strokes but will need support.  Breathing and freestyle arms will be the focus. Swimmers must also be able to submerge their face in the water.
Basics include:

  • Freestyle arms
  • Streamline
  • Breathing technique
Level 3:

Stroke Development & Deep Water Preparation

Swimmers will swim without support. In this level swimmers can swim but need more practice to improve strength, consistency, and technique. The swimmers in this level are close to passing the deep water test. Safety rules and lifesaving skills are also taught at this level.
Basics include:

  • Refining stroke freestyle technique
  • Treading water
  • Proper breathing technique

Swim/Dive Schedule

Parent Information

Coaching Staff

Sam Keeler

Sam Keeler

Head Swim Coach

Sam is entering her fifth year as the Head Coach of the Swarm. She is a lifelong Rose Valley member and former varsity swimmer for Ridley High School. She previously served as Assistant Swim Coach for several seasons. During the off season you can find Sam coaching the Ridley Area YMCA Rays.

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Gregory Derevianko

Gregory Derevianko

Head Dive Coach

Greg swam and dove through high school at Brandywine HS in Wilmington DE. He also coached summer diving at Wilmington Country Club, (2003-2005). College diving, RPI (2003-2007) records include:
– 5x All-American
– 3rd at DIII NCAA 1 m, 2005 and 2007
– 3rd at DIII NCAA 3m 2006
– RPI Athlete of the Year 2007
– Swimming and Diving Captain 2006-2007 season
– Inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame.

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