Frequently Asked Questions about the RAC

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Our goal is to build an indoor, fresh air, climate controlled world class facility, focusing on a clean, safe, aesthetically pleasing environment, so that we may offer the community everything imaginable in the field of aquatics and fitness.

  1. Who is behind the drive to get the Aquatic Center built?
  2. Who is Mission San Jose Aquatics?
  3. Are they Successful?
  4. What is Unique about this Aquatic and Fitness Center?
  5. Where is the Center going to be built?
  6. Where is the Money going to come from?
  7. What is the Name of the proposed Aquatics Center?
  8. Why do we need this Center?
  9. What will we offer the Community?
  10. What will we bring to Fremont?
  11. When is this going to happen?

Who is behind the drive to get the Aquatic Center built?

MSJA LogoThis is driven by Debbie Potts and Izzy Real, professionals who have been running Mission San Jose Aquatics (MSJA) for more than 20 years in Fremont.

The Consultants for the MSJA Advisory Board of Directors include, but are not limited to

  • Mick Nelson - United States Swimming Chairman
  • Eileen Matteucci - Legal Counsel
  • Doug Roberts - Contractor, Myrtha Pools
  • Dr. Paul Weiss - Business Consultant, Director of Ashphalt Green, New York
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Who is Mission San Jose Aquatics?

Mission San Jose Aquatics (MSJA) is a non-profit 501.C3 Corporation. MSJA was established in 1989, as a member of USA Swimming, the national governing body for amateur swimming with the US Olympic Committee. MSJA has run a year round swim team, seasonal swim teams and a SwimAmerica Learn to Swim Program, in Fremont for 20 years, renting Ohlone College and local high school pools.

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Are they successful?

Yes! In 20 years, they have grown from a 39 member swim team to a nearly 2,000 member multi-faceted youth aquatics organization. MSJA swimmers have:

  • Placed at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Trials
  • Ranked first in the nation
  • Set National and Pacific Swim Records
  • Ranked top 10 in the nation
  • Won gold at the Olympic Festival
  • Won gold at Nationals and Junior Nationals
  • Placed Top 8 at USA Nationals, US Open, and Junior Nationals
  • Earned spots on USA Swimming's National Camps and Diversity Camps held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs
  • Achieved USA Swimming's Scholastic All American Team Honors
  • Earned college swimming and academic scholarships nationwide.
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What is Unique about this Aquatic and Fitness Center?

First, this will be California's first indoor Olympic Size Pool with a separate multi-use pool.

They are building an indoor, fresh air, climate controlled world class aquatic and fitness center, focusing on a clean, safe aesthetically pleasing environment, and they will be able to offer the community everything imaginable in the field of aquatics and fitness. Their large two-story building will be nearly 65,000 square feet and it will include:

  • A World Class 52 Meter Pool. This pool will have a 2 meter magnetic bulkhead, and when positioned flush with the wall, the pool is an Olympic Sized 50 meter pool. Moving the bulkhead to the middle of the pool, creates 2 x 25 yard courses, with spectator viewing running the entire 50 meter scope. They also have the ability to set the bulkhead at 25 meters, appropriate for short course World Championships.
  • A 25-yard by 30-yard multi-use pool The multi-purpose pool will be a warm-water pool with a zero depth, beach-like entry, and a padded bottom, which will provide easy and safe access for people of all ages and all physical limitations. The pool's beach-like entry is uniquely suited to accommodate our parent/child (mommy and me) classes, handicap participants, and senior citizens. Approximately 3/4 of the pool will be 3.5 to 5 feet deep and 1/4 of the pool will be 7 feet deep.
  • A fitness center with state of the art resistance and cardiovascular exercise equipment
  • 3 Multi-purpose rooms suitable for group exercise classes, media rooms, VIP Lounge for special events, etc.
  • Large spectator capacity
  • Large locker rooms
  • Easily assessable Family Changing Room
  • A Cafe
  • A pro shop for aquatic and fitness needs.
  • Free Filtered water stations
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the building
  • Administrative offices
  • A Deck Exercise Area
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Where is the Aquatic Center going to be built?

There is a place on Auto Mall Parkway that looks promising, - it has easy access from Fremont and from afar via I-680 and I-880.

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Where is the money going to come from ... ?

Sponsorships, Advertisement Sales, Fundraising Galas, Donations and Grants.

They have secured a loan for $11 million dollars, based on a $2 million dollar down payment and they have the design and business plan to operate a center of this magnitude.

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What is the Name of the proposed Aquatic Center?

For planning purposes it is referred to as the Real Aquatic Center (the RAC) however the naming rights to the center is for sale - as is names of the rooms in the building, the state of the art score board and all 20 starting blocks.

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Why do we need this center?

When you think of aquatics and swimming, do you think of children's safety and well-being achieved when they learn to swim? Do you think of the enhanced self-worth of youth fulfilling dreams in swimming competition? The health, mobility, pain-relief and dignity gained by elders and those in physical need through aquatic therapy? The pride of a community bonded in healthy physical activity? We at Mission San Jose Aquatics do. Yet, we see the need goes unmet, due to lack of local facilities. We want to do more for the community.

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What will we offer the community?

This center will offer the community everything imaginable in the field of aquatics and fitness. we will offer our community Learn to Swim Opportunities, Fitness Opportunities; Competitive Opportunities, and Rehab. We will be the one-stop center that services everyone from babies to senior citizens.

Our thoughtfully designed multi-use pool, will have a zero depth, beach-like entry, padded bottom, and hand rail, which will provide easy and safe access for our senior citizens, handicap and rehab members. Members will be able to guide themselves into the pool by holding on to a ramp, walk in with their cane, or ride a wheel chair into the pool. Once they enter, they will be able to walk and exercise without placing a great deal of stress on their joints.

We will offer:

  • Swim lessons for babies, children and adults. Everyone should know how to swim. Every day 7 people drown in the United States. The opening of our facility will help save lives.
  • H20 FitKidsTM (Fun aquatic games and challenges in the pool)
  • Special needs and Special Olympic Training
  • Arthritic Foundation Aquatic Classes
  • Water Aerobics
  • Water Rehab
  • Lap swimming
  • An exercise deck along the Olympic Pool that includes spinning bikes and rowing machines
  • Home School Aquatics
  • Family fitness
  • Group Exercise Classes
  • Fitness center with state of the art resistance and cardiovascular equipment
  • Aquatic and Fitness Center memberships
  • Birthday Party and Special Event hosting
  • Summer Camps
  • Personal Training
  • Professional Coaching
  • Video Analysis
  • Competitive training for Tri-athletes, Swimmers, Water Polo Players, and Synchronized Swimmers
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What will we bring to Fremont?

  • Jobs... 12 Full Time Employees and 61 Part Time Employees, in the first year of operation, not to mention our growth potential.
  • Revenue... We will be a premier location for competitions, which will generate tremendous revenue for the City of Fremont. Visitors will spend money at our restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, gas stations, malls?
  • Media Attention... with Swimming and water polo events, such as: College Conference Championships, Junior Nationals, Sectionals, Winter Junior Olympics, Senior Championships and All Star Competitions, as well as the potential to host Aquatic Camps with above and underwater video analysis, All Star Camps, and maybe even the 2012 USA Swimming Team, Olympic Game team staging prior to departing for London.
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When is this going to happen?

Hopefully the center will be complete in Spring 2011.

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Revised: 03/30/10.