Join Tornadoes Swim Team

The Tornadoes Swim Team is a non-profit organization.  We are committed to developing swimmers of all ages by challenging and motivating them to compete like champions in swimming while demonstrating excellent sportsmanship.  We focus on each swimmer’s strengths and areas for development in a supportive environment that includes core body strengthening and conditioning, progressive endurance, and technical skills training including racing starts, strokes and turns.  Our swimmers are empowered to attain their fullest potential in a way never thought possible.

Team Philosophy:  The Tornadoes Swim Team competes year-round while fostering the development of swimmer skills, abilities, confidence and competitive drive.  We encourage valuable life long skills by modeling and rewarding honesty, integrity, hard work, self-discipline, self-esteem, organizational skills, teamwork and excellent sportsmanship. The Tornadoes provide a positive environment in which swimmers of all levels may develop to their fullest potential.

Swimming age and skill requirements

Your child or adolescent needs to be able to swim on his or her own. It is preferred that swimmers have previously completed at least some swim lessons. Our program is designed for swimmers 6-18 years of age.  We do, however, have swimmers as young as 5 years of age (typically younger siblings of older swimmers).  Our professional coaches work with swimmers to develop the four main swim strokes (freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke).  Ideally, swimmers are capable of completing a length of each stroke with the knowledge of how to do the strokes when they join the team.



To join the Tornadoes Swim Team, your swimmer will need to try out with one of the team's coaches.  For most 12 & under swimmers, the tryout consists of: 50 yards freestyle, 50 yards backstroke, 25 yards breaststroke, and 25 yards butterfly. 50 yards is equal to two lengths of the lap pool and 25 yards is equal to one length of the lap pool. Swimmers 13 & over will do a similar tryout with double the length of each stroke minimum. 

If your swimmer is unsure of the strokes or distances, please contact the aquatics department at the Clark County YMCA for information on lessons, private lessons, or the aquatic conditioning class.

Our normal tryouts occur at the beginning of Short Course (July/August for swimmers to start in September) and Long Course (February/March for swimmers to start in April).  If anyone is interested, send an email to Coach Sophia. Any questions that you have about the team can be attached to that email.

Joining the Tornadoes Swim Team 

After the tryout, the coach will identify the training group your swimmer would join. Complete the Tornadoes online registration and YMCA membership registration. Once both registrations are confirmed, you will receive an email from the head coach with a start date for the swimmer to begin practices.

If you have any additional questions, check our our FAQs or Contact Us and ask!


Why Swim?

Swimming vs. other sports:

  • Good health benefits, great exercise
  • Swimming uses more muscles than any other sport and has fewer injuries.
  • Swimming is among the best for improving fitness levels of heart and lungs.
  • Swimming is easy on the joints.
  • Swimmers do not have to deal with heat stroke.
  • Swimmers develop stroke swimming skills which is a good safety skill.
  • Swimmers also train on land to develop the whole athlete.
  • Swimming is a great exercise for life!

USA Swimming conducted a study which showed swimmers have higher GPA’s and averaged higher paying jobs later in life.

Sports teach life skills

  • Good sportsmanship
  • Respect
  • Work ethic
  • Commitment
  • Setting and accomplishing goals
  • Build self esteem, self confidence
  • Develop good time management skills
  • Friends
  • Create memories