May Newsletter 2015

Summer Camps 2015

La Madrona Athletic Club will be offering another fun filled ten weeks of summer junior programming this year. Our swim, tennis, and sports camps will all begin on Monday, June 15th and run through August 21st.

Summer Sports Camp

imgMonday through Friday


Sport Camp is a high level instruction based outdoor camp that will provide children the opportunity to develop their sport skills, self confidence and self esteem.

The sport camp includes tennis, swimming, arts & crafts, nature education, and outdoor fun! Available for children ages 6-13 years old.

Click here for more information and registration form

Would you like to sign up or additional information? Call the Club at 831-438-1072 or e-mail [email protected]

Junior Tennis Camp


Monday through Friday


Weekly Junior Tennis Camp is an exciting week of quality tennis instruction, led by tennis professionals. We will offer drills to develop or improve your child's game, as well as super fun games that will make them smile.

Match play will be introduced early, thanks to 36 & 60 foot length courts and special balls, which help facilitate the student's improvement. Interclub matches will be scheduled every week, for students that are ready to compete.

Click here for more information and registration form

SAFETY around the pools


imgMay is the official month for drowning prevention education, but everyday of every month is an opportunity to follow these guidelines and ensure a safe pool environment for everyone.

Never leave your child unattended in or near the pools, even for a second. Always assign an adult water watcher while at the pools.

Ensure that our self-latching gate at the entrance closes behind you. Never allow a child to enter the pool area without an adult supervisor.

Yell for help, get the victim out of the water, call 9-1-1 and begin CPR or follow the 9-1-1 operator’s instructions if you are untrained.

Sign up for swim lessons. There is no such thing as “drown-proof ” but a child who can self-rescue is more likely to survive a water emergency.

Supervision is key - never leave a child unattended, even for a second. Don’t assume you will hear a child in distress. Drowning is often silent without any splashing or calls for help. Refrain from activities that will distract you from watching your children. There is no substitute for your constant, vigilant supervision.

Most children are fearless. Combined with their natural curiosity and love for water, it is no wonder drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death of children aged 1-4 ( But drowning is preventable! Never allow a child to enter the pool area without an adult supervisor. If you see an unsupervised child under the age of 14, ask them where their water watcher is and alert the staff.

Sign up for swim lessons and educate your family about safe pool behavior.

1. Never go in the water without an adult supervisor.

2. Wear a life vest if you are still learning to swim and are under 43-inches tall.

3. Follow the posted pool rules.

4. Listen to the lifeguard and staff - they are there to help keep you safe.

Know what to do in the event of a water emergency

1.Yell for help.

2. Get the victim out of the water. If the victim is active, toss a life preserver or tethered floatation device to them and pull them to the side. If the victim is passive, jump in and get them out.

3. Call 9-1-1

4. Begin CPR if you are trained or follow the 9-1-1operator’s instructions.



JUNE 15 - AUGUST 21, 2015


Open enrollment begins 5/11/15 for our ten week summer season. Cool off this summer and gain swimming skills you will have for the rest of your life. Lessons for everyone every day, kids swim camp and adult fitness programs. We’ll see you at the pool!
A peek at our aquatics programs this summer!

Monday through Friday
12:00-1:00 pm
Weekly enrollment

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
SWIM FIT 8:00 - 8:30 am
AQUA FIT 8:30 - 9:15 am

Mornings everyday
Late afternoons Monday through Friday
Evenings Monday through Thursday
other times by request

imgApril First Friday Fitness Challenge Winner!

Carl Mindling
Congratulations to Carl for his first place
win with 40 points!


Monday May 25th 2015 is the 6th annual

imgCome play doubles and enjoy a fabulous Mexican fiesta honoring a great man for a great cause. Benefitting local suicide prevention, all participants will be treated to tennis, music, food and socializing. All families and friends are invited to play and/or watch and enjoy. Tennis players (juniors too!) may sign up to play in 3 different categories and 4 flights: men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed doubles; combined ratings of 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 8.5+. Entry forms/sign-ups will be available in the La Madrona club house and on-line at our website,

Tennis Tip of the Month

3 Steps to Quickly Improve Your Game:

1. Take a lesson. It's fun, easy to schedule and personal! Your game will gain focus and direction.

2. Practice what you learn from the lesson. Take the ball machine out for a spin, call up your hitting partner or take a bucket of balls to an empty court or back board. Practice until you feel confident, then...

3. Try your new technique or strategy in a match. This will give you valuable feedback, from which you should repeat steps 1-3!

Pool Party Guidelines

imgSummer is a fun and popular time for a pool party! Please keep in mind the following guidelines:

A party is defined as having 8 or more people celebrating a party, whether children or adults, and requires a lifeguard.

All Club pool rules are required to be adhered to by all in attendance.

Required adult to child ratios, regardless of a lifeguard present:

Six years of age and over: 4 children- 1 adult
Five years of age and under: 2 children-1 adult

Valid guest waivers must be completed by all non-members.

Lifeguard fee will be charged at the time of booking the party. Guest fees will be collected on the date of party.

Always remember, valid guest waivers must be completed by all non-members and anyone under 18 years must have a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian.

Guest waivers can be completed online.

Party Package Includes:
Lifeguard (3 hours)
1-3 Reserved Picnic Tables
Fees: Guest Fees & $60 per lifeguard

Please contact Diana, our Membership Services Director today to book your next gathering.

Toy and Book Drive

imgWe're currently developing the childcare center and are looking for any children's toys and books that your kids may have outgrown. This could be Legos, dolls, baby books, first reader books, games... anything! You can leave bagged donations at the front desk. Thank you so much--your donations are greatly appreciated!

Fitness Updates

imgJessica Goodwin
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Women’s Fitness Specialist
Corrective Exercise
[email protected]
(831) 227-6019

Push-ups not only build up the facade in front of your physique, but also develop the support system behind those muscles, too. It is one of the most functional movements we use by pushing and pulling. When you train your pushing and pulling muscles equally you reduce the muscular imbalance and lessen the chance of aches and pain. Plus you are building strength by learning to use your body weight and strength. You are training a major muscle group by simply pushing your body weight off of the ground.

How to do a push-up: Lay face down to begin. Whether on your knees (knees a little wider than hips, toes untucked) or knees off of the ground, place your chest between your hands. Use your whole hand, knuckles, fingers, etc and try to stay away from just using your palms. Keeping your core tight (contracted like you're waiting for a ball to hit your tummy), imagine your body a straight line from the top of your head to your tail bone and push your body straight up while engaging your core into a plank position. When you lower, be sure to aim your chest to come between your hands, keeping your arms close to your body and let your chest touch the ground before your belly. Remember to keep a neutral spine and a strong core/low back. Have fun and don't forget to breathe!

For more information about this and other exercise programs please contact our personal training staff,
Nicki Hurford, Jessica Goodwin or Tobin Shaeffer.


imgGroup Cycling Monday May 11th

We are excited to announce that our Group Cycling classes will begin Monday May 11th! We apologize for the delay, but hope it was well worth the wait!

La Madrona Shines in Boys High School Tennis

Congrats to high school tennis stand-outs Nolan Heath, Daniel Rinkert, Alex Strehlke, Brendan Dietrich and Carson Dye for their fantsastic play at the varsity level. Nolan played # 1 singles for Harbor and Carson, #1 doubles, while Daniel and Brendan played #'s 1 and 2 singles for SLV and Alex played #4 singles for Scotts Valley. Not to be out-shown by the kids, high school coach Dan Dewey lead his Santa Cruz High Cardinals to a SCCAL title for the second year in a row. Way to go guys!