Savannah Swim Team and coach Paul Thompson made their first splash in 1962 in the 55 yard Daffin Park pool, which has since been replaced by a 25 yard facility. When summer turned to winter, the team moved indoors at an old downtown Savannah YMCA that was located at the corner of Whitaker and Oglethorpe streets. In the early years, the Willoughby, Tyson, and Artley families were instrumental in keeping the team afloat.
SST evolved in the mid to late 60's as a community service course at Armstrong State College (now Armstrong Atlantic State University), and for many years the team practiced, on and off, at Armstrong's pool during the academic year. However their were some turbulent times for the team in the late 60's and early 70's when the team dwindled to just three swimmers! The Artley family, determined to keep the team going, actually built a pool in their Isle of Hope back yard where Will Artley, Missy Willoughby, and George Lingenfelser practiced their way to college under the coaching of Will's mom. Will and Missy swam for the University of Florida and George, of course, swam at Georgia!