Team Philosophy


To create an optimum environment which enables all Dover YMCA swimmers to have equal opportunities to learn and improve in order to achieve individual success through the pursuit of excellence.


Vision Statement

To inspire and enable our swimmers to achieve excellence in the sport of swimming and in life while creating an environment that encourages them to be the best swimmer and person they can be.


Core Objectives

At Our Core

  • We challenge all persons involved in the swim team program to demonstrate the YMCA core values: honesty, caring, respect and responsibility. We stress trying your best, achieving goals, team effort, sportsmanship, and having fun.

Strong Foundations

  • The goal of our swim program is to instruct correct technique and strong fundamentals to create quality swimmers. To help us focus on the individual and train our swimmers at intensities correct for them, we match swimmers to practice groups based on ability rather than age.  It is important to group athletes with others of similar ability in order for them to get the attention they need for maximum progression

Long Term Success

  • We are committed to the idea of support for the individual; we believe the success of the individual is the success of the team.  A progressive, skill appropriate developmental approach is followed to train and prepare athletes for long term success. 

Parent Involvement

  •  Parents play an important role in providing a supportive atmosphere for our swimmers and coaching staff.  Parental involvement and encouragement are essential ingredients in a successful swimming program.  There are opportunities that will be available throughout the season for parents to volunteer and show support for the Dolphins.  Parent support is critical to the success and positive development of each child in the program!