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.

Fall/Winter Season will start September 7th for Practice Site swimmers, registration will launch mid-August

*****************Pre-Season Clinics*******************

Marlin Prep Summer swim Clinic:

This clinic is designed for the swimmers new to competitive swimming.  All swimmers will be evaluated at thier first session 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 in the 8 session clinic 

  • 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

July 26-29 and August 2-5 Choose either time

Monday-Thursday 6:00-6:45 PM or

Monday-Thursday 6:50-7:35 PM

Cost YMCA members $50, non-members $100

  • Click  here to register

DSMY Marlins Start and Turn Clinics

These clinics will offer your swimmer technique work in starts, turns, and finishes. We will work with and improve all aspects of starts and turns. This clinic is intended for any experience level from non-divers to blue/bronze swimmers. Each clinic and clinic site will follow the same curriculum.

Ankeny/Wellmark Start and Turn Clinic

  • August 14th 2-4p
  • Open to all DSMY Marlins regardless of practice site
  • Register Here

Waukee Start and Turn Clinics

  • August 19th 6-8p, August 21st 2-4p, August 28th 2-4p
  • Open to all DSMY Marlins regardless of practice site
  • Register Here

Waukee Practice Site Evaluation Fall/Winter 2021-2022

Please consider participating in the Marlin Prep clinic above. Evaluations will determine your swimmers readiness for swim team, Marlin Prep or swim lessons level 5/ level 6. 

*If you participate in the Marlin Prep clinic, you do not need to try out.


Tryout Dates:

  • Thursday, August 19 - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday, August 21 - 1:30 pm
  • Saturday, August 28 - 1:30 PM
    • ‚ÄčClick here to register


Marlin Prep (clinc see above, regular session will start September 15th)

Marlin Prep, our pre-swim team group, is a transitional program bridging the gap from swim lessons to our competitive swim team for ages 5-14. Marlin Prep runs concurrently with DSMY Marlin swim teams and is offered three months at a time with the goal of joining swim team. Practice groups are divided by 8 & unders and 9 & overs.

Next session starts September 15, 2021 Schedule TBD


Waukee Practice Site Parent Meeting

Parent Meeting via Zoom October time frame


Waukee Assistant Coaches
Michelle Bussanmas,
Margie Hales, Dave Kompelien, Alissa Mills, Haley Ohl, Renee Oiler, Mindy Peterson, Kristi Rinderknecht, Elsa Rasmus, Barb Samuelson, Debra Straw, Bryan Rowland

Practice Site Schedule Fall/Winter 2021-2022 coming soon


Training Groups At This Location

DSMY Program Model and Levels

Marlin Prep 





***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.)


Financial Assistance is available. Contact:

Shayna Smith, Financial Assistance Specialist

Phone number 515-868-0518