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Catalina Terrace is Open for Limited Member Use

Celebrating our 60th Anniversary!

Memberships are available. We are following the guidence of the Pima County Health Department for covid-related procedures.

COVID-19 altered CT’s Summer 2020 schedule, but the CT Community managed it incredibly well with no fall-out.

Summer 2021 worked out fantastically for the Marlins and the CT Community. We operated cautiously with the changing conditions in mind, and still plan to manage the facility with the same attention. Following CDC, Pima County and Tucson City changes, masks are now optional. Should you desire or require to wear your mask, we totally understand. As per CDC guidance, fully vaccinated individuals, especially in our outdoor environment, do not require masks. It is an individual choice for those who are. See our pandemic public health safety policies and management policies here, along with any updates.

We are working on making sure these pages are up to date with the latest COVID-19 pool management information. Documents related to our modified operating procedures will be updated here. As always with these unusual conditions, procedures and protections are subject to change or further modification. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all navigate through this. Our lifeguards’ attention and crucial mission to safeguard swimming is paramount, and any conflict resulting in distraction from this process will be found in favor of the guard. Thank you for your support of our guards!

The Primary Mission of CT Athletic Program is the Marlins Swim Team, and over its 60-year existence we have pursued our goal of youth health, safety & well-being amongst its community and the greater Tucson region. We continue to assess our schedules, events and practice plans. We do this with guidance from our organizing league SAAA, USA Swimming, the Pima County Health Department, and of course all governmental agencies and authorities we answer to. We also answer to you, our community—keep an eye out on your team and membership email for more specific updates and plans of action. Follow us at the social links (above-right on the main Desktop page) to follow the meanderings of @billthemarlin. Further info on our management of the program and facility with continuous updates can be found here.

IMPORTANT NOTE ON PARKING: We are graciously afforded some parking space at the Northminster Presbyterian Church across the street from our pool. Please be respectful of this gift, and park south of the orange cones, closer to Hedrick Street. We need to leave the north most spaces free for the church to use for their events. Park only toward the south side of their parking lot! We need to be good neighbors, and not overuse their resource. Thank you!

Thank you for your spirit, your patience & understanding, your unflappable support, that fabulous Marlin fortitude, and we hope to see you all soon in sparkling waters!

Go Marlins!

Welcome to CT Athletic Program

CT Athletic Program and the Marlins Swim Team carry on a 60-year Tucson tradition. Catalina Terrace was founded in 1961 as a pool, tennis, and recreation facility by the surrounding neighborhoods. Catalina Terrace is located inside the southwest corner of Tucson Boulevard & Fort Lowell Road, at 2440 E Hedrick. More location info & map here.

We have had a competitive summer swim team continuously for 60 years. Our team typically has over 140 swimmers ages 4-18 that swim 5 days a week from April through July (though this will look different in 2021 due to the continuing effects of the pandemic). We compete in the SAAA swimming organization. Most of our swimmers stay with the team through high school. The overall growth of our kids and the lifelong friendships they make at CT are as important to our program as developing their swimming ability. In 2009 we formed CT Athletic Program, a 501c3 with a Youth Athletics focus, to help raise funds to renovate our pool, tennis courts, and associated facility. Pool renovation fundraising was fulfilled in the fall of 2016, and after 57 years our pool underwent a total renovation. In April 2017 we proudly cut the ribbon on a new pool; we’re proud to say that construction is complete, the pool is finished and looks beautiful!

Summer Swim 2021 has past!
Look for registration for Marlins’ Summer Swim Team in March of 2022.

If you are intersted in swimming with the CT Marlins in 2022, make sure you’re on the waiting list! If you are new to the team, or haven’t swam in a couple of years for the Marlins, you will need a clean copy of your child’s birth certificate. Registration can be completed in-person at practice if you have already contacted the team via email and cleared your participation.
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If you’re new to the team, be sure to bring a COPY your kid’s BIRTH CERTIFICATE to registration—it is required by our organizing body, SAAA. If you’re eager to be on the team but have not swam with CT, contact us for a place on the waiting list! We love to add new Marlins!

Views of our languid summer swim season, 2019

The 2021 Marlins Swim Season, on

Start to Swim Practice & other known dates

Our first swim practice is will be April 5, 2021, afternoons. Practice will run Monday through Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings. There may be a modified dryland/water blended components to accomodate social distancing and safe conditions.

Our 2021 Marlins Practice schedule will have times for all swimmers’ age groups, and is largely ready.

Calendars and Events for Summer 2021 will be posted as we have a clearer view of pandemic conditions.

2021 Calendars can be currently found at their links: team practice, spring events, and championships/invitationals. Swim meets may look radically different this year, and as such are still a work in progress. As schedules and calendars are updated, an email to the team will provide details, and will be mirrored at our swim meet link.

Now Blooming at CT: Globe Mallow! And Weekend work party. Social feed info.

Tucson Spring begins in February; blooming action going on in the midst of our mild “winter”.

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The CT Athletic Program and the Marlins Swim Team Eighth Annual Swim-a-Thon was a huge success, given the fact of the pandemic. Marlins came to CT on a hot, steamy Saturday June fifth morning and swam during their regular workout slot in order to maintain social distance and consistency of timing. The Marlin Community really stepped up and raised crucial funds for the facility and team despite the pressures of the pandemic, and for that we are truly grateful.

Typically our Swim-a-Thon takes place on a relaxed Saturday morning in early June. There you would join a fine crowd of enthusiastic swimmers. With beautiful warm and sunny weather, we provide shady tents to count laps under, music snacks and hydration and as much or more fun than Swim-a-Thons past: clear and swimmable all morning long. Families & friends catch up, donuts & bagels are broken over coffee, sun tea and eegees! We look forward to returning to this tradition soon. See more info at our Swim-A-Thon page!

Sampling from our sponsors for
the 2019’s 6th Annual Swim-a-Thon!
The CT Marlins2019 Swim-A-Thon!

Swim Buddies!

When the season is gearing up, the CT Marlins builds a buddy list for swimmers to connect & cheer each other over the season. Look for a new list in late April. Keep your buddy in the loop & maintain those swim buddy relationships! Update your swim scrap book! (You do keep a swim scrap book, right?) Write your buddy a letter of encouragement, a poster for a swim meet, a card for invitational or championships! Send your buddy an Instagram or Tweet! Small crafts or silly simple toys are great buddy treats. Keep it cheap, but keep it meaningful—tell your swim buddy why they make the best Marlin buddy ever! Teach each other how to be an ever GREATER SWIM BUDDY all summer!!

7th Annual Groundhog Day Plunge!

Winter 2022 we hope to promote our 8th Annual Groundhog Day Plunge on a Saturday near Groundhog Day February 2022—but sadly the conditions of pandemic give us pause on promoting this. Our Seventh Annual Groundhog Day Plunge has yet to occur in 2021—maybe at Thanksgiving!? Should conditions improve, we may look to have a “make-up” plunge later in the season. Stay tuned!
Our 2020 6th Annual Plunge occurred a little later than Groundhog Day, Feb 15th of last year, just before the events of the pandemic hit the world in March. We had a cool afternoon with clear sunny skies. A very few Marlins arrived to brave the frigid 55˚ waters of the Catalina Terrace Pool around sunset, chasing and scampering across the deck to make sure everyone got thoroughly soaked. We followed up with a light dinner and conversation into the chilly evening. Cheers to those intrepid Marlin families that made the trek to make the plunge!

From 2019: Marlin Swimmers lunge from the deck to plunge into
the numbing waters of Catalina Terrace Pool!

CT Community Outreach

CT Athletic Program provides swim team scholarships for kids with economic need in our community. We have evolved into a non-profit that supports underprivileged kids and opens our facility to organizations such as Tucson Association for Autism and Special Olympics. Past summers we provided use of our facility to kids from TMM Family Services, Casa de los Niños, Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson, and Primavera Foundation – Greyhound Family Shelter. To support our swim team and facility maintenance, we sell memberships to the local community for use of the pool, tennis courts, and grounds, continuing the 60-year tradition of Catalina Terrace being a gathering place for kids and families in central Tucson.

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Thank you Tucson Conquistadors!

We are super-thankful to the Tucson Conquistadors for their support in past years! At the 2017 New Year’s they presented our board & families with their 2015 & 2016 check for funding support of our pool renovation—at the five-foot marker of the pool floor! Standing around the check Tucson Conquistadors Bill Hussey and daughter Kelsey, Tim Healy, and Matt Kaiser intermingle with the CTAP families for a once-in-55-year photo (we’re hoping it’s at least another 55 years before the bottom of this pool is dry again!).

Thank you Tucson Conquistadors!

Tucson Conquistadors present their Funding Donation to CT Athletic Program board members & families.

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—CTAP Fundraising Update—

Your CT Athletic Program Board of Directors is forever humbled by the Catalina Terrace Community for all their hard work, dedication, fund raising through direct contributions, Swim-A-Thon and soliciting sponsorships! Construction on the new pool started November 30 2016, and completed just before practice began in early April 2017. The pool draining/groundbreaking celebration in late November 2016 was met with a little chilly air, but nothing could cool the spirits & warm enthusiasm for jumping in and raising a golden shovel. The skies were beautiful, the water mild, and the faces all cheery. The CT Community really stepped up to the block to make this happen, and your board is deeply, deeply honored by your response.

November 2016: Old pool full of happy community! Today: New pool full of water!

Additionally, the final push could not have happened with out major commitments from major, major donors: some anonymous, others alumni, and still others stalwart Tucson community supporters. We strive to acknowledge all these major supporters and donors as this process evolves. Until then, thank you so much to our current and previous swimmers & alumni, and all friends of youth athletics and the Tucson sports scene! Thank you!

Other watery worlds Bill the Marlin Swims in…

Find @BilltheMarlin on Twitter, Instagram, or at Facebook—See the links above-right!

Did you know the Catalina Terrace Marlins has an Instagram account!? Here it is! We’re also at Twitter and Facebook! Bill the Marlin’s a real social fish, so look for the social media buttons on the upper-right of every page. If you’re not on our roster for this summer 2021, but still desire to get involved with SAAA Summer Swim at the Catalina Terrace Marlins, visit our contact page and send us a note about swimming summer 2021!

Swim? Tennis?

The pool is guarded the warm summer months of Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend, but year ’round the facility is open for swimming and tennis for Catalina Terrace Members. Off-season it is typically quiet and peaceful and the water’s a might bit chilly, but the facility is open for CTAP Member use during all daylight hours, and closed after dark. Want to maximize your member benefits—even when it’s cool out? Light a barbecue, meet another family for dinner, schedule a family or office party for the holidays, enjoy a game of tennis under our massive Tucson Spring Sunlight—or even set up a mini-tennis tournament! Really wanna try swimming in the cold!? The cost of a guard for parties is extra—see here!

Capital Campaign Fundraising

We’ve completed our pool renovation funding drive and rebuilt the pool in 2017! In case you’ve missed it, 2016 was the last winter photo of our then-55-year-old pool bottom! Look to our Renovations page for some visuals (apologies for the terrible layout). We still have many capital improvement projects in the pipeline to bring this facility up to 21st Century standards, so if you’d still like make an additional donation, use the PayPal button at right, and/or visit our Capital Campaign page!

CT Athletic Program is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all-volunteer managed youth athletics program. We’re always fundraising!

About the CT Athletic Program

The Catalina Terrace Marlins Swim Team is one of the few neighborhood swim teams remaining in central Tucson. The Marlins Swim Team is a part of the CT Athletic Program, located at 2440 East Hedrick, one block south of Ft. Lowell, just west of Tucson Blvd. The community pool and swim team were established in 1961. Most years our swim team has 145 swimmers, 4 paid coaches, and around 100 swim team families. The team is open to any youth with swimming ability, age 4 through high-school seniors. We have swimmers from all over Tucson and surrounding areas. The Marlins Swim Team sports a paid coaching staff and the facility supports paid lifeguards through the summer. Otherwise, the entire organization is volunteer driven, with an all-volunteer board of directors overseeing operations. The 2021 swim season runs from mid-April until mid-July. We are in the Cañada del Oro league of the Southern Arizona Aquatics Association. Swim meets between teams as well as league events (swim invitationals and championships) are currently unknown factors within the pandemic, but we’ll update our team as solutions are found. CT Athletic Program is a non-profit 501c3 corporation with tax-exempt status. Our mission is to promote youth athletics.

2019 Catalina Terrace Marlins Swim Team, Cañada del Oro League