The first person at Chattahoochee Gold Swim to exemplify the attributes of determination and tenacity so highly valued by coach Pat Murphy, the club's founder, was not a swimmer, nor did the character-defining event occur near the water. The person in question was a hard-working landscaper, who—though he had only one arm—approached his work with an unbridled passion that coach Murphy couldn’t help but admire. Keeping the landscaper ever in his mind, Pat—with the help of his team of coaches and instructors—strives to impart a similar sense of commitment, integrity, and inspiration in swimmers of all ages via a host of lessons, programs, and swim meets.
Throughout the year, the crew of coaches can be found in the pool and on the deck helming fun and educational lessons for students of all levels. The introductory parent-tot program teaches first-time swimmers the basics of water safety, and the swim league grants kids the opportunity to meet for weekly practices in a noncompetitive environment, free of the middive thumb wars often associated with competitive programs. Along with lessons and classes, Chattahoochee Gold Swim offers fitness programs, such as water aerobics, to help participants streamline their physiques.
At North Atlanta Fencing Center, students learn to lunge and parry in the Olympic style under a coaching staff that includes USFA-certified instructors, internationally ranked competitors, and former collegiate champions. The center’s programs divide pupils into classes based on age and ability, allowing everyone the opportunity to improve footwork, test strategy, and receive an excellent cardio workout. When not practicing through focused games and drills, swordsmen and women are welcome to challenge each other during an Open Strip session, when they’ll be able to fence until one side emerges victorious or foils are abandoned for a tiebreaking bout of one-on-one tag.
Open throughout the year, Beat Time Sports Center encourages both kids and their parents to stay active and teaches healthy habits and life skills. During lessons and casual practices, pint-size feet scurry on the facility's kid-size indoor tennis courts and soccer fields, helping young athletes develop confidence, coordination, and cooperation. As children occupy themselves with sports, parents can take advantage of their newfound freedom by sipping coffee in the caf? or sneaking home to jump on the bed and eat dirt in peace.
Rose Equestrian is a full-service barn that treats riders of all ages and skill levels to private lessons, group lessons, and year-round camps. In their manicured arenas and fenced riding areas, instructors teach students the fundamentals of English-style riding, jumper riding, and horsemanship. Rose Equestrian’s crew strives to make riding fun, whether through hosting themed costume days or partnering for events with groups such as the Special Olympics.