Welcome to the Terre Haute Torpedoes Swim Club!

The Terre Haute Torpedoes (THT) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is a learn-to-swim, competitive age group (18 & under) and US Masters (19 & over) swim club affiliated with Indiana Swimming and USA Swimming. We were also previously a competitive age-group dive club affiliated with Indiana Diving and USA Diving.

THT was incorporated in September 1997 as a result of the consolidation of the Terre Haute Area Swim Club (THAC) and the Wabash Valley Swim Club (WVSC). THT began with just over 60 members and has grown to over 250 members since its creation. Diving was added in January 2019 but is not currently offered. Swimmers of all ages are encouraged to participate in THT.

THT practices and competes at the Vigo County School Corporation Aquatics Center (VCSCAC). The pool is a 50-meter x 25-yard, 10-lane pool with all of the timing and scoring equipment necessary to host NCAA championship meets. It also boasts three 1-meter diving boards and one 3-meter diving board. THT is very grateful for the wonderful relationship that we enjoy with the Vigo County School Corporation (VCSC). The VCSC’s continued support of THT’s programs and their willingness to allow THT to utilize their facilities has been critical to the success of the club.

Although many high school and collegiate swimmers (and even an Olympic swimmer!) got their start with the Torpedoes, THT does a lot more than teach people how to swim or dive. Through swimming and diving, our members learn healthy fitness habits and begin to build a strong foundation for a lifetime of good health. Swimming is considered the ideal activity for developing muscular and skeletal growth by many physicians and pediatricians.

Why do doctors like swimming so much?

  • Swimming develops high-quality aerobic endurance, the most important key to physical fitness. In other sports, an hour of practice may yield as little as 10 minutes of meaningful exercise. Swimming uses every precious minute of practice time to develop fitness and teaching skills.
  • Swimming does a better job in proportional muscular development by using all of the body's major muscle groups. No other sport does as well!
  • Swimming enhances a child’s natural flexibility (at a time when they ordinarily begin to lose it) by exercising all of their major joints through a full range of motion.
  • Swimming helps develop superior coordination because it requires combinations of complex movements of all parts of the body, enhancing harmonious muscle function, grace, and fluidity of movement.

Swimming is the most injury-free of all children's sports, and swimming is a sport that will bring kids fitness and enjoyment for life. Participants in Master's swimming programs are still training and racing well into their 80s.