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Harris County Aquatics Program

Harris County Aquatics Program (HCAP), created in 1992, teaches discipline, leadership and teamwork skills for youth through the sport of swimming. HCAP emphasizes teaching water safety skills so that children can enjoy the water while being aware of the risks.

There are three components to this program

Learn to Swim

The Learn-to-Swim program offers instruction year round, primarily serving children from low-income families. The program provides basic instruction for beginning swimmers, swim stroke development for intermediate swimmers, and an introduction to competition for advanced swimmers. The program also promotes water safety awareness.



“Splashdown” is a component of the Summer Games. Splashdown is a friendly swim meet designed to introduce Learn-to-Swim students to competition. Every child is a winner because he/she learns the life-saving skill of swimming.

The Mighty Dolphins

“The Mighty Dolphins” are a competitive swim team that competes year-round in local, state and national swim meets. Children who demonstrate potential, discipline and commitment to competitive swimming are offered a chance to join the team. Team members have received swimming scholarships to school such as the University of Texas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the US Coast Guard Academy.

There are three swim sessions each year:

SPRING: February - April

SUMMER: June - July

FALL: September - December


Year-round locations:

Harris County Aquatics Center - 2727 El Camino St., Houston, TX 77054

Attucks Middle School - 4330 Bellfort St., Houston, TX 77051

Julia C. Hester House - 2020 Solo St., Houston, TX 77020

Kashmere High School - 6900 Wileyvale, Houston, TX 77026

Davis High School (Aldine ISD) - 12525 Ella Blvd., Houston, TX 77067

Seasonal Locations:

Carver High School - 2100 S. Victory, Houston, TX 77088

Nimitz High School - 2005 W.W. Thorne, Houston, TX 77073

Dekaney High School - 22351 Imperial Valley, Houston, TX 77073

Westfield High School - 16713 Ella Blvd., Houston TX 77090

Our Aquatics Program is led by experienced swim coaches and professionals.

Coach Johnnie Means

 Since 1992, Coach Means has served as director and head coach of the Harris County Aquatics Program (HCAP). Over his nearly 50-year career in competitive swimming, Coach Means has led programs of all ages. As the head swimming coach at Texas Southern University for 25 years, he coached numerous all All-Americans and one of the top teams in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). His work at HCAP has produced nationally ranked swimmers and participants in the US Olympic trials. He is an inductee of the Texas Swimming & Diving Hall of Fame.

Our Sponsors

The Aquatics Program is incredibly grateful to have the support of partner organizations that make our work possible:

Commissioner Rodney Ellis, USA Swimming Foundation’s/Make-A-Splash Program, Harris County Community Services Department, Aldine Independent School District, Spring Independent School District, and the Houston Independent School District