The Chehalem Swim Team (CST) was founded in 1970 by the Chehalem Park and Recreation District. The club’s purpose at that time was to provide a feeder system for the high school team. This remains one of the club’s functions today; however since 1970, the club has expanded its goals to include establishing a comprehensive competitive program for our community. In 1995, the Chehalem Swim Team established itself as a Parent run, Coach led non-profit organization. Since the split, CST has become recognized as one of Oregon’s finest programs, and has also stepped up into the national level by virtue of its National Age-Group Qualifiers, Junior National Qualifiers, and Masters National Champions.

To provide a safe, healthy and positive environment where our athletes can develop the character traits, technical skills and intense desire necessary for them to reach and maximize their full athletic potential.

The team philosophy is encompassed in the words COURAGE and PERSEVERANCE.

COURAGE is the willingness to accept risk(s) and endure failings. Courage does not exist unless there is a situation that presents the opportunity for success. We encourage our athletes to embrace these opportunities and not fear the outcome.

PERSEVERANCE is the backbone of success in any endeavor in life. One cannot succeed at the highest levels without enduring some set-backs. These difficult times can create a lack of faith, low self-esteem, and an obvious drop in enthusiasm. Perseverance is the quality that transcends these difficult times. It allows the individual to find the true strength of their character.

Chehalem Swim Team believes that COURAGE and PERSEVERANCE, developed by swimming, will prepare the individual for the challenges they will face in life.