Join the Silver Fins



Congratulations!  By researching the YMCA Westside Silver Fins, you have taken the first step in becoming a part of one of premier swim programs in the country.  Ultimately, we want to make your initiation into the YWSF program as seamless and easy as possible.  Here is some information on our registration process and the steps you need to take to be a Westside Silver Fin.


Swim assessments are done by appointment only. For every potential new swimmer to our team, we offer a free swim assessment. The assessment is there to determine whether your child is ready for our competitive swim team. 

Step One:  Contact Darian Townsend at or call 602-212-5142.  At the assessment and placement, a coach will assess your child's swim ability by having them swim a few laps of each stroke. Wiithin 48 hours of the assessment you will receive an email from the Silver Fins either placing your child in one of our swim groups or suggesting private swim lessons to get your child ready for our competitve team. 

Step Two:  Complete the YWSF registration packet that includes: (1) YMCA Westside Silver Fins Athlete Registration Form (2) Financial Agreement Forms (3) Medical Release Form and (4) YMCA Waiver.  Also included is information on the financial commitment, as well as information on our Family Participation Program.  After you have completed these documents, please bring all completed paperwork to your first official practice, leaving it at the front desk of the Southwest Valley Family YMCA.

Step Three:  After completion of your paperwork you will be entered into the YMCA Westside Silver Fins membership database. We ask that you add the YMCA Westside Silver Fins e-mail address to your contact list.  This will ensure important team emails are sent to your inbox and not sent to your spam mailbox.  For any billing questions, please contact Darian Townsend at or call 602-212-5142.

Step Four:  Our main team communication is through our team website and emails.  The website,, is updated regularly with general information such as schedule changes, meet information, and any other important information.  Weekly updates are sent via email.  The news section of our website allows you to read about YWSF swimmer accomplishments and more. 

Read through our “Parent Resources” section of the website.  Here you will find many answers to commonly asked questions.  Our Team website is a great resource for more information on practice group descriptions, practice times, meet schedules and other important information.  It may be helpful to download and print some or all of these materials for your future reference.  The website will also help you find time standards, team records, policies and many other useful items.

You will also be given a  password to log into the website.  This will allow you to update your membership information, sign up to volunteer at home hosted meets and much more directly from the website. 

YWSF new member packet

Silver Fins Groups

Fins I:                     

Ages:                     5 – 8 years old

Daily training:         30 minutes, x 4/week

Daily yards:            200 – 500 yards


Fins II:                               

Ages:                     7 – 9 years old

Daily training:         60 minutes, x 4/week

Daily yards:            500 -1500 yards



Ages:                     9 – 10 years old

Daily training:         75 minutes, x 4/week

Daily yards:            1000 -2000 yards



Ages:                     9 – 13 years old

Daily training:         75 to 90 minutes, x 5-6/week

Daily yards:            2000 - 4000 yard



Age:                      10 – 13 years old

Daily training:         90 to 120 minutes, x 6-8/week

Daily yards:            2500 - 4000 yards


Pre Senior:

Ages:                     11 – 15 years old

Daily training:         120 minutes to 180 minutes, x 6-8/week

Daily yards:            3000 - 6000 yards



Ages:                     15 or a Sophmore in High School – 18 years old

Daily training:         120 minutes x 5/week

Daily yards:            3000 - 5000 yards


Senior Elite:              

Ages:                     14 – 18 years old

Daily training:         120-180 minutes, x 9-10 week

Daily yards:            3000 - 12000 yards