DAC has formed the Mighty Ducks Swim Academy, which will officially be introduced on Mar. 26. Former Delta State University swimmer Cetin Oguz will be directing the academy. The academy is geared for boys and girls swimmers, starting at age five and going up into their early teens. Oguz , from 1999-2000, was named to the All-New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference Team twice and earned two CSCAA All-American honors during his time at DSU. Delta Aquatic Club head coach Dan’l Murray has been working on getting the academy started for the past couple of years. Ground work for the academy has been laid down, as Oguz has worked hard with the young swimmers.
When Oguz came along, Murray knew he had the right person to run the academy.
“Now that Cetin is here, we’ve got somebody that is full time,” Murray said. “Somebody that is going to be able to be around here for a while and somebody that is already a part of the community. He’s been here for over a decade. He’s going to be able to take it and run with it. He’s already taken it to a whole other level than I thought it was going to go. I feel real confident in him doing it.”
The main goal of the academy is to expose youth to swimming and to develop their skills in the pool.
For Oguz, swimming is something that is more than just a sport.
“When you learn to swim, it’s like riding a bicycle. Once you learn how to swim, you’re not going to forget it,” Oguz said. “It’s an important thing. You can save your life by knowing how to swim.”
Since his swimming days, Oguz has become a father with two sons, Cooper, 9, and Cruz, 7. Teaching swimming has become more valuable to him than ever.
“I know how important it is to make sure they get the right training,” Oguz said. “I want to make sure that all of those techniques are taught right. It was kind of like the perfect timing for me when the Delta Aquatics Club opened up this position and asked me to coach.”
The academy has six levels.
Level 1 — the swimmers will learn to gain confidence in the water, blow bubbles and learn to float.
Level 2, — swimmers will learn to kick, learn the proper freestyle and backstroke techniques.
Level 3 — swimmers will be improving on their freestyle and backstroke techniques and learn the proper breaststroke and butterfly kicking techniques.
Level 4 — swimmers will improve on the stroke mechanics of the freestyle and backstroke techniques, learn the proper breaststroke and butterfly techniques and begin distance and interval training (swimmers should develop the ability to swim 1,500 yards per practice).
Level 5 — swimmers will increase distance and interval training (swimmers should have the ability to swim 2,000-2,500 yards per practice). Swimmer will also continue to work on all four strokes (freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke).
Level 6 — swimmers will continue to increase distance and interval training as swimmers should be able to swim 3,000-4,000 yard per practice.
By the end of level six, swimmers will begin to qualify for state and sectional swim meets.
“Once you pass one level to another, you’ll receive a certificate or an award of some sort,” Oguz added. “We make sure swimmers are recognized in their levels of achievement.”
To learn how to sign up for the academy and register for DAC, go to www.deltaducks.org.