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Vitale Aquatics & Tennis is the new home of Thames Aquatic Club!

Thames Aquatic Club was founded by The Vitale Family in 2009 as a USA Registered competitive swim team. Because of the extensive swim history of the Vitale’s, a thriving, competitive swim environment was re-energized in Southeastern Connecticut. Hundreds of swimmers passed through the doorway of Connecticut College to begin their swimming careers at TAC. Now, 10 years later, the Vitale’s have found the need for a new facility!

The newest athletic facility in Ledyard is not only the home of Thames Aquatic Club, but is also the home of Top Dogs, the newest, juniors’ tennis team in Southeastern Connecticut.

Various aquatics and tennis programs are featured at The VAT. Open swim and fee free court reservation for first hour (singles)and hour and one half (doubles) is available for members only.

In addition to aquatics and tennis, The VAT offers yoga programming; not in a studio, but outdoors in a peaceful, earthy environment! Members are able to connect with their inner self and nature to totally relax, refresh and renew.

The VAT is a place for families to gather, swimmers to swim, players to play tennis and individuals to unwind with a relaxing class of yoga!

About Us


Meet the Team At Vitale Aquatic & Tennis

Anne Vitale, Owner & Head Swim Coach

With 20 years of coaching experience, Coach Anne provides the ultimate TAC training philosophy of technique through progression, race strategy and intensity. In addition to having coached swimmers to the Junior National and National level, as well as local age group and sectional qualifying levels, Coach Anne brings to TAC her knowledge of preparation for competition beginning with the age group swimmers and up through college level swimming. Coach Anne has achieved ASCA Level 2 Certification and is an ASCA Certified Stroke Technician. Anne also holds certifications as a Starfish Aquatics Institute instructor and instructor trainer. She is also a Certified Pool Operator.


Rachel Vitale, Programming Director

A former competitive swimmer, has 10 years of competitive coaching and swim instruction. Rachel is a certified Starfish Aquatics instructor, as well as an instructor trainer. She has intensive training in progressive swim training and safety instruction methodologies. Rachel has worked and continues to work with our younger and most inexperienced swimmers; those ranging in age from 18 months through 8 years old. She also works with our experienced competitive swimmers, instructing in drills and intensity training which is a staple of Thames Aquatic training. Rachel also is a certified lifeguard, a USA Swimming registered coach, a Certified Pool Operator and a Certified Yoga Instructor. She is currently working on her undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Management.


Samantha Vitale, Director of Membership & Marketing

Coach Samantha joined the TAC coaching staff in 2013 to assist in the development of our Nautilus swimmers. She also is a member of the Learn to Swim staff who provides swim lessons for children ages 2-10. Samantha, also a former competitive swimmer, is a registered and certified American Red Cross lifeguard and holds USA Swimming Coaching credentials. She is currently working on her Undergraduate degree in Marketing and Public Relations.


Erica Burke, Business Manager

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Club Hours


Monday through Friday: 6:00am to 8:00pm
Saturday: 6:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday: 6:00am to 5:00pm

Please check out the calendar for specific programming, tennis court reservation times and open swim times.

Directions To The VAT


Vitale Aquatic & Tennis is conveniently located in Ledyard Center on Route 214, just a 12 minute drive from either Interstate 395 or 95.


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