New Swimmer Interest

Thank you for your interest in our team!  We’re always excited to have new swimmers join our family.

What is the Southdale Sharks Swim Team?

The Southdale Sharks Swim Team is a developmental swim program run by trained coaches to improve swimmers' competitive skills and endurance through progression rather than intense competition.  The YMCA swim team promotes healthy lifestyles while embracing the four core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. 

What Can I Expect?

Practices are structured much the same way as any competitive swim team: warm-up, stretching, technique, endurance, and cool-down.  Participants are expected to come to practice to work hard and improve skills.  

Who Can Join?

Anyone who is between the ages of 5 and 18 can join the YMCA Sharks swim team.  All swim team members must be members of the YMCA to participate on the team.

Participants must demonstrate the following skills to be considered:

  • Can swim 50 yards freestyle demonstrating breathing to the side and good body position.
  • Can swim 50 yards backstroke demonstrating good body position
  • Can swim 25 yards breaststroke or butterfly is a plus
  • Can demonstrate the fundamentals of a forward dive from the edge of the pool.


Tryouts - New swimmers - 

All new swimmers must tryout before registering.  Our Coaches will determine which level is the best fit.  Placement will be determined by practice group availability at the time of the tryout.

Tryouts are held in August for the fall/winter season and March for the spring/summer season.  


For questions or help getting started, please contact:

Katie Schletty

Swim Team Coordinator

P:  952-403-4743