Porpoise Swim Team

The YMCA Porpoise Swim Team provides a fun, family program which promotes the development of good sportsmanship and self-confidence while improving swimming skills. The flexibility of our program encourages the child to balance swimming with other sports, family and school responsibilities.

WHY the Y?

People often ask why swim for the Naperville YMCA? What makes the Y unique? Here are a few differences between the Y and the other options for swimming in the Naperville area during the school year:

1) The coaches at the Y focus A LOT on technique. We try to coach/comment on a specific skill to each swimmer during each practice. We focus on streamlining, all starts, all turns, the break-out, breathing and the finish. Each aspect of the race makes a difference in the final time. Improving a turn by just .3 of a second will decrease a 50 time that much and, therefore, .9 for a 100, etc.

2) The Y allows you to choose how many days each week you want your child to come to practice. We recognize that many team members have other after school activities. The flexible scheduling allows parents to choose the swim practice schedule that best fits their family's lifestyle and needs.

3) The head coach, Coach Brad, is on deck during the practices at Kroehler. He is actively coaching an age group when on deck. He writes all practices so the practices offered at Fry are consistent with the practices run at Kroehler. Several EXCELLENT assistant coaches grew up swimming for the Porpoises!

4) Coach Brad has 35+ years in education and interacts with each age group according to their developmental stage.


Porpoises offers all levels of competitive swimming for children 6 to 18 years of age. The team is a YMCA swim team, and will participate in several local YMCA closed, dual, and individual meets. ISI (Illinois Swimming Incorporated - a USAS local chapter) participation is an optional supplement, and offers qualified swimmers additional opportunities for meets. For ISI swimmers, there is an additional $77 ISI registration fee ( Illinois Swimmer Registration), as well as the cost of meet entries. All Swim Team members must be YMCA members, as per the YMCA of the USA National rules.

The team has six (6) levels: Novice, Intermediate, Cadet, Advanced, Gold, and High School. If a swimmer is already on a high school swim team, they may be on Porpoises during their non-high school season. High school swimmers will pay a prorated team fee. See the Swim Group tab on this webiste for more information on standards for each level.

Swimmers can choose from 1, 2, 3, or up to 5 days of practice EACH week. Cadet and above swimmers will swim a minimum of 2 days per week. Swimmers may only attend on the practice days for which they are registered.

High School swimmers: A minimum of 2 Y meets, as well as Districts and State (for those that qualify), is required. Novice, Intermediate, Cadet and Advanced swimmers should participate in 2 Y meets as well as Districts and State (for those that qualify). EVERYONE SHOULD PLAN TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DISTRICT MEET. YMCA Invitational Meets and ISI participation are encouraged for everyone.

While there is a strong "swim and be fit" component to swim team, the goal is to improve technique and efficiency. Like the proper swing technique in baseball, swimming needs instruction, then endless practice to perfect the skill, making it a habit. We teach pool safety, racing starts, proper/efficient stroke technique, starts, turns, finishes, and sportsmanship. We develop confidence in the water, perseverance, and self confidence.

Porpoise Practice Group Levels:

**See "Swim Groups" tab on this website for information on standards for each level**

Novice: Developing basic skills and practicing those skills in a workout setting

Intermediate: Increased attention to stroke technique in practice

Cadet: Increased attention to stroke technique and conditioning in practice

It is recommended that swimmers at the cadet level also consider participating in ISI meets. Please note that approval of the head coach is required prior to signing up for ISI.

Advanced: Preparing experienced athletes for higher competition, demanding practices and persistance.

It is strongly encouraged that swimmers at the advanced level participate in ISI meets.

Gold/High School: Stroke quality throughout demanding practices to achieve team goals

Meets, for all groups, beyond the minimum are encouraged, but not required

There are no fees for Y dual meets. ISI Registration is $77 in addition to your Team fees, and additional ISI meets fees are approximately $15 per meet, per day (or $30 for a 2-day meet).

Late registration for the team will not be prorated. Refunds for withdrawal between Oct 1 and Dec 1 will be prorated, with a $45 administration fee deducted. There will be no refunds after December 1st without a medical reason.

Coach Brad's Bio

Coach Brad grew up swimming at his local YMCA in New Jersey. As a senior in high school, he placed 16th in the 50 Free at the Y Nationals. A few months later he was the NJ state champion in the 50 Meter Free. He then swam four years at Eastern Kentucky University, breaking the 50 Free team record.

After graduating, he was an assistant swimming coach for the Model Lab School which won the Kentucky State Boys and Girls High School Championships (Beverly Acker won the 100 Breaststroke as a freshman on that team; a few years later, she swam on the USA World Games team). Coach Brad then coached in the Louisville, Kentucky area for the next five years. He mainly coached 9-14 year olds; several of those swimmers won state championships and were nationally ranked.

Coach Brad then left swimming for many years while pursuing other professions. During those years he earned a Masterýs Degree and eventually a Ph.D. in Teaching.

Coach Brad and his family moved to the Chicago area in 2011. Coach Brad began coaching part-time for the Academy Bullets in 2016. He started coaching full-time at the Y in June, 2017. Coach Brad and his wife Barb have three children (one out of college, one in college and one in high school); they also have a dog and an inside cat that yearns to escape.

I saw a t-shirt once that read: Building a tradition of excellence one stroke at a time. I'd like to build a tradition of excellence at the Naperville YMCA. Come to practice; do your best; have fun! I want you to swim through high school. You will get better! I promise to work with you to discover how much better you can be!