The Santa Fe Swim Club opened in July 1957 with
approximately 200 family memberships. Dues at the
time were $7.50, plus a federal tax of $1.50.
President Fielding B Cochran, Jr. and James C.
Freeman, secretary, signed and numbered the
membership certificates declaring membership in a
non-profit corporation to be governed by a Board of
Directors. Dr. James Barnard acted as the Chairman
of the Committee which employed the lifeguards that
would be furnished to the membership at all times.
Mrs. Fielding B. Cochran, Sr. was the acting manager
while Mrs. Bryan Scott was authorized to provide
some things have changed, much has stayed the same
with Santa Fe Swimming Club of Corpus Christi. The
club is still a family swimming club with 275 family
members. The facility now includes a tennis court
that wasn’t available in 1957. Swimming lessons,
Monday swim parties, and a competitive swim team are
activities that continue. The high diving board was
replaced with a low diving board because of the high
cost of insurance.
The board of directors is still filled by
volunteers. The annual meetings continuing to be
held in April of each year. Young families enjoy the
pool throughout the day, while older members tend to
be our early bird swimmers. With the improvement of
a heated, open air pool, the club is now able to
open earlier every spring and stay open later in the
fall than it was in 1957.