Waukee Family YMCA

Waukee Family YMCA
210 N. Warrior Lane
Waukee, IA 50263

Head Practice Site Coach
Karyl Palmer
[email protected]

*Please direct all site specific inquiries to your head practice site coach.

Waukee Assistant Coaches
Michelle Bussanmas, YMCA
Margie Hales, YMCA

Dave Kompelien, USA & YMCA
Alissa Mills, YMCA
Haley Ohl, YMCA
Renee Oiler, USA & YMCA
Mindy Peterson, USA & YMCA
Elsa Rasmus, YMCA

Debra Straw, USA & YMCA
Bryan Rowland, USA & YMCA

Registration for Spring/Summer 2022 Season is now OPEN!!
Practice starts April 4th!

Tryouts for swimmers wishing to join the DSMY Marlins or Marlin Prep (pre swim team) will be offered on the following dates:

  • Thursday, March 10th at 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, March 15th at 6:30 PM
  • Monday, March 21 at 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday, March 22 at 6:00 PM

 Try-out Form 

Iowa Summer Swim League Schedule

Click on host for more details in the meet invite.



Warm-up Start Time




Tues, May 24

5:00 PM



Meet #1

Sat, June 4

11:00 AM



Meet #2

Thurs, June 16

5:00 PM


Walnut Creek

Meet #3

Tues, June 21




Meet #4

Tues, July 5




Meet #5

Sat, July 9





Sat, July 16





DSMY Waukee Practice Site Schedule

 Spring/Summer 2022 
*Subject to change*

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday*
White 5:00-5:45 PM 5:00-5:45 PM 5:00-5:45 PM 5:00-5:45 PM 4:00-4:45 PM
Purple 5:50-7:05 PM 5:50-7:05 PM 5:50-7:05 PM 5:50-7:05 PM 4:00-5:15 PM
7:10-8:40 PM 7:10-8:40 PM 7:10-8:40 PM 7:10-8:40 PM 4:00-5:30 PM

*Due to limited staffing and pool space Friday practice will be all groups in the pool at once and is First Come, First Served. Sign up will be launched weekly (Monday) on Team Unify under "Events" chose the Waukee Friday practice. Make sure you sign up by Thursday at midnight in the correct practice group.

Spring/Summer season starts April 4th and continues through mid-July.  Returning swimmers will also have a May start option. Practice times will be posted as soon as they are finalized.  June/July practices may have a daytime or earlier option. 

No practice on April 15, May 6, May 13, May 30, June 10, or July 4.

Summer swim will end on the last scheduled practice before each swimmers’ Championship meet.

Training Groups and Season Fees*
For more information about the DSMY Program model and level descriptions click here.


  Season Fee 
Season Fee +
Optional April Start
Installment Payment
(3 payments for season 
+ 1 for optional early start)
White $247.50 $330 $82.50
Purple $297 $396 $99
Blue/Bronze $330 $440 $110

*Multi-Swimmer Discounts are available at the Practice Site locations when registering all family members at the same time. 10% discount for two swimmers, 15% discount for three swimmers and 20% discount for four or more swimmers in the family. (Discount does not apply to or with Travel Team swimmers.) Additionally, the YMCA offers financial assistance to those in need. Contact your practice site Welcome Center for information.

Marlin Prep 

Marlin Prep is a transitional pre-swim team program bridging the gap from swim lessons to our competitive swim team. Marlin Prep, designed for ages 5-14, runs concurrently with DSMY Marlin swim teams and is offered three months at a time with the goal of joining the swim team.  All swimmers will be evaluated during tryout to determine safety in the water by swimming 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke, and may be referred to swim lessons. Our goal is to determine swim team readiness. We will cover the following:

  • Short course (25 yard) emphasis
  • Stroke technique & kicking based
  • Fine tune freestyle and backstroke, master side breathing
  • Introduction to breaststroke and butterfly
  • Introduction to flip turns and racing starts
  • Understanding of swimming language and practice etiquette

Financial Assistance

The YMCA of Greater Des Moines offers financial assistance to families making under $50,000 annually. If you would like more information about the financial assistance program please contact Shayna Smith, Waukee Family YMCA Financial Assistance Specialist at 515-868-0518 or by email at