Team Information

The Skagit Valley Family YMCA (SVFY) Chinooks is a year-round dual YMCA/USA Swimming age group competitive team. We offer high quality coaching and technical instruction based upon the swimmers age and ability. Our goal is to provide every team member an opportunity to improve skills and achieve success at his/her level of ability---from novice to national level.

Our coaches have many years of competitive swimming experience. They maintain all of the certifications necessary to provide a safe and quality experience. Additionally our coaches are staff members of the YMCA.

The Chinooks Swim Team is a program of the Skagit Valley Family YMCA. The YMCA allows the team to have a Parent Committee, which is elected by the swimmer’s parents. This Parent Committee raises funds for the team, provides support to the coaching staff and assists in managing all swimming meets and social programs.

We are constantly growing and training young swimmers in order to maintain a well-rounded competitive YMCA/USA Swim Team.


Puget Sound Swim Association (PSSA) League

The SVFY Chinooks compete in the Puget Sound Swim Association (PSSA). The PSSA is made up primarily of YMCA teams. The league is split into a northern section and a southern section. The Chinooks swim primary with teams located in Seattle and north. The swim season splashes off each year in September.

The first meet each year is the Fall Fest meet. This is a multi team meet held generally in the Seattle/Snohomish County area. After that we will have approximately 5-7 meets, some of those will be larger meets and a few will be much smaller "dual" meets. A couple of these will be 'home meets' but most of them will be 'away meets'.

The league concludes each year at the YMCA Statewide Championship Meet. This meet is held at the King County - Weyerhauser Pool in Federal Way in the end of January. This is an Olympic quality pool.

After this the swimmers with qualifying times travel to the Regional meet, held at various locations in Regionals could be hosted in Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Washington, or Wyoming in late February/early March.

Athletes that have the appropriate qualifying times will have the chance to compete in the YMCA Short Course Nationals in Greensboro, NC. This was the site for the 1996 Summer Olympics.