Are you interested in joining the Greater Des Moines YMCA youth swim team?  The DSMY Marlins practice at four sites: Ankeny/Wellmark (at Wellmark), Indianola, Walnut Creek, and Waukee. Each practice site hosts their own tryout and evaluation sessions.

Interested swimmers new to the DSMY Marlins, including siblings of current team members, need to attend one of the tryout sessions, a Marlin Prep clinic, or schedule a private evaluation with the practice site head coach. Pricing and schedules are located on each youth swim team Practice Site page on our website. A YMCA membership is required to be a part of the DSMY Marlins. 

Tryout details:

  • Open to swimmers 4-21 years old
  • Bring your own swimsuit, swim cap, swim goggles, and a water bottle.
  • Each swimmer will be asked to show their in-water skills.  The skills consists of at least 25 yards (the distance varies by the age of the swimmer) of the four competitive strokes: freestyle (with side breathing), backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.
  • After the in-water skill evaluation, the coach will discuss next steps with you and your swimmer.  Outcomes may include training group placement and/or continuing with swim lessons.

Travel Team at the Wellmark YMCA

Please contact Director of Competitve Swimming, Emma Sougstad for more information about the Travel Team and Travel Team Prep programs.

Ankeny/Wellmark at the Wellmark Practice Site Tryouts

Tryout/Evaluation Sessions​​​

  • Tuesday, September 20, 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday, September 27, 5:30 PM
  • More dates will be scheduled in October!

For more info or to schedule a private evaluation please contact Coach Bob

Ankeny/Wellmark Practice Site Page

Indianola Practice Site Tryouts

Tryout/Evaluation Sessions

  • Tuesday, September 27 at 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday, September 28 at 6:00 PM

For more info or to schedule a private evaluation please contact Coach Mason.

Indianola Practice Site Page

Walnut Creek Practice Site Tryouts

Tryout/Evaluation Sessions

  • Wednesday, September 21, 6:15-7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, September 26, 6:15-7:00 PM

For more info or to schedule a private evaluation please contact Coach Alyssa.

Walnut Creek Practice Site Page


Waukee Practice Site Tryouts

Tryout/Evaluation Sessions​​​

  • No further tryout dates scheduled. Please consider trying out for the Walnut Creek or Wellmark Practice Sites.

Due to overwhelming demand this site is not offering any additional tryouts for the 2022-23 season. Please consider one of our other locations: Walnut Creek, Wellmark, or Indianola. For more information or to be place on a waiting list for Waukee please contact Coach Karyl Palmer.

Waukee Practice Site Page


YMCA Memberships

**A YMCA Membership is required to join the Marlins**

YMCA Memberships are available online OR at the front desk at each location

501 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 282-9622

306 E Scenic Valley Ave
Indianola, IA 50125
(515) 777-7746

Walnut Creek
948 73rd St
West Des Moines, IA 50265
(515) 224-1888

210 N Warrior Ln
Waukee, IA 50263
(515) 987-9996